A few of the families still hunt moose in the autumn, but ten thousand people require much more food than the forest possesses, and mostly what the people here eat are Cheez Doodles and Pepsi. They are among the least expensive foodstuffs available. Milk is three dollars a litre. Bread, two dollars a loaf. Anything perishable is flown in and carries its air freight in the price. The pop and the chips are trucked in over the ice on winter roads and last all year. It is precisely the same circumstance that prevails on Hiva Oa, Nauru and Saipan.
However in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake rates of type 2 diabetes are only twice the national average. In addition analysis of the information in Kahnawake shows that both the incidence (number of new cases diagnosed each year) and prevalence (total number of people in the community) of Type 2 diabetes have remained almost stable since 1986. (1) This is very positive news as rates of Type 2 diabetes in many Aboriginal communities are continuing to increase. For more details please read the scientific article given below.
The Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP) Research Team and Community Advisory Board (CAB) believe there are many reasons for this good news. First, Kahnawake has had control of education and health services since the 1970’s, which enables the people of Kahnawake to make their own decisions about health and education. Second, Kahnawake has developed many programs to promote health and wellness in both the community and in the schools. Third, community organizations work to promote healthy lifestyles and wellness messages to the people of the community. Fourth, community organizations collect much information from the community on lifestyle habits, and then bring that information back to community members for discussion. Fifth, health and community workers put local newspapers, radio and even television to good use for health promotion.
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