Grant Program: Community Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, FY 2007
Organization Name: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (Huron Pottowatomi, Inc.)
Organization Address: 1474 Mno-Bmadzewen Way, Fulton, MI 49052
Phone Number: (269) 729-4422
Fax Number: (269) 729-4460
Title of Project: Potawatomi Healthy Lifestyle Project
Project Director: Jonathan Gardner
Description of Organization:
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (NHBP) Tribe was federally recognized in 1995 and is overseen by a five-member elected Tribal Council. Tribal services are offered through various programs and departments, including education, youth, environment, language, housing, behavioral health and community health nursing. The Tribe outreaches to its Tribal members within a seven-county, southwest Michigan area, spanning 4,600 square miles.
Description of project:
The overall long-term project goal is to improve the healthy lifestyle behaviors of Tribal members. External partners that helped achieve this goal are Senior Health Partners (community-based organization), Battle Creek Health Systems (health care facility) and YMCA (fitness center). Two Project Leaders (lifestyle coach and registered dietitian) implement the following major activities to combat heart disease risk factors and to address the poor nutrition and lack of physical activity that exists within our community: Honoring the Gift of Heart Health, 5-A-Day/Fruits and Veggies Campaign, Become an Ex Smoker, Choose Your Move, health fairs, youth garden, youth program, Indian Family Olympics, grocery store tours, school sports program and healthy lifestyle campaign promoting success stories.