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Reviving Traditional Native American Food with the Hunt. Fish. Gather. Program


In the United States, high incidences of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and stress affect large portions of the population. One way to prevent, manage, and protect against these health-related difficulties is to maintain a healthy diet. To accomplish this, people can turn to traditional Native American foods, which are minimally processed, locally produced, nutrient-dense, and low in trans-fat. This study examined health awareness outcomes from the Hunt. Fish. Gather. (H.F.G.) program, a Native American cuisine program seeking to increase awareness of traditional Native foods with a focus on mind, body, spirit, and environment. Upon completion of the program, surveys were administered to participants to measure whether awareness and understanding of traditional Native foods changed. Findings of the survey suggest that the program significantly increased participant awareness and understanding of traditional Native foods. Literature suggests that increasing these may lead to better food habits and improved well-being.

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This publication was made possible by Grant Number 1P30DK092950 from the NIDDK, and its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIDDK. This publication was made possible with the support from the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies.

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