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UNITY Wellness Warriors team at NB3’s Healthy Kids! Healthy Future! conference

UNITY’s Wellness Warriors team had the opportunity to attend the NB3 Foundations’s Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Held at the Sandia Resort, the two-day conference was a great opportunity for those serving health and wellness programs in Indian country. Presentations ranged from health and fitness to healthy dietary alternatives, with motivational trainings presented throughout the conference.

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UNITY Wellness Warriors Indigenous food tasting a success

In April, UNITY celebrated its 42nd birthday with an open house and an Indigenous food tasting.  Supporting the mission of UNITY’s Wellness Warriors initiative, which encourages Native youth to explore health lifestyles of their ancestor and cultural teachings, UNITY invited youth to share a traditional dish from their community. Various dishes were brought representing cultures and tribes from the Southwest, Pacific Northwest and the Great Plains.

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UNITY’s Wellness Warriors App is a health and wellness app aimed at inspiring Native communities to live healthier lifestyles through cultural approaches to health. Native people have always been active in their daily life, and traditional food has always provided a balance of nutrition.  Read More

Midyear Survey Winners & Youth Evaluation Resources

On behalf of Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC), UNITY’s external evaluation team, we would like to congratulate all the youth that participated in the Midyear Conference January 2-5, 2018 in Tempe, AZ.   The new and deepening relationships and new learning that you’re using to be a Wellness Warrior will strengthen you and your communities!  Thank you to the 139 participants who took the UNITY Mid-Year conference evaluation survey too! After a random drawing of survey takers, the following winners will receive a $25 electronic Amazon gift card courtesy of BPC:

  1. Steve Harvey
  2. Nataly Llamas
  3. Priscilla Ortiz
  4. Cyndee Miller

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Wellness Warriors App Traditional Food Spotlight: Blue Corn Mush

UNITY’s Wellness Warriors’ App is a health and wellness app, aimed at encouraging Native people to live healthier lifestyles.  Native people have always been active in their daily life, and traditional food has always provided a balance of nutrition.  The UNITY Wellness Warriors App provides an avenue for Native people to share healthy and traditional foods. This week we are spotlighting the latest food recipe upload by Chenoa Tso, it is a traditional Navajo recipe for Blue Corn Mush. The ingredients are simple, and the process is easy, to check out this dish go to the Culture food section in the Wellness Warriors app.

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The Rocky Mountain Wellness Warrior: Jacob Hugs

Wellness Warrior Jacob Hugs of the Salish and Crow Nations is the 2017-2018 Rocky Mountain Representative on the National UNITY Council and a Junior at St Ignatius High School. Jacob embodies the impact that the UNITY experience can have on native youth. “I have been coming to UNITY now for 3 years and it has been life-changing for me personally. Not only me but my friends also. With all the trainers, guest speakers and amazing youth and staff who run the conferences and gatherings, it truly has inspired me!” says Hugs, “I want to be a leader for the native youth on my reservation and even the adults. I am committed to being drug and alcohol-free for my people.” Read More

Wellness Warriors Poster Release

As part of an ongoing series of posters in UNITY’s wellness campaign, UNITY’s Wellness Warriors program has been featuring Native American youth to be a part of a poster series.  The posters feature various Native youth from communities throughout the country, representing the lifestyles they live, as they express their culture, daily habits, and hobbies.

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Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council (TONYC) hosts annual “O’odham Camp” event

On January 12-13, 2018, the UNITY Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council (TONYC) partnered with Baboquivari District to host its Annual “O’odham Camp” event as part of the UNITY Wellness Warrior Challenge! Friday night kicked off the O’odham Camp with storytelling and traditional songs led by the youth around the campfire under the stars. Youth took turns sharing their oral history and the meanings behind different songs late into the night. Indigenous languages and songs are powerful and create mental wellness when carried out in social gatherings. Read More

Wellness Warriors presents at the New Year’s Rez-olution Health and Wellness Day

On Saturday, January 13th, UNITY’s Wellness Warrior team participated in the “New Years Rez-olutions” health and wellness event hosted by a collaboration of the Young River People’s council and the Future Inspired Native American Leaders. The event centered around living a healthy lifestyle through cultural teachings.  The Wellness warriors team presented and showcased the Wellness Warriors app works and how it can be applied to positive daily habits.

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