The Sacred Roots program will use the wisdom of our ancestors to create a legacy of wellness in our community. The project strives to engage community members in building healthier environments, habits, and relationships. Through these actions, we can achieve lasting change in our community, families, and lives.
AIHFS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED) works to promote and improve nutrition and physical activity among the Native American population in Southeastern Michigan through culturally appropriate materials and programming, incorporation of traditional foods, and promotion of traditional forms of physical activity.
Our community garden will make it easier to access traditional foods. Expanding the garden will also allow for more space to grow, hold gardening workshops, and exercise classes. This space can also be used for traditional teachings and ceremonies.
13 Moons Anishinaabe Community Cooking Classes
Our cooking classes allow people to practice their cooking skills and discover new ways to use traditional native fruits and vegetables. Our Nutrition Curriculum is based on the Anishinaabe lunar calendar to be used to increase knowledge of traditional indigenous foods and skills through cooking classes, recipes, nutrition education, language, cultural teachings, storytelling, gardening, seed knowledge, and physical activities/games. Each session also includes quick tips for making healthy eating easier and more affordable.
Fresh Rx is a fruit and vegetable prescription program that brings together the healthcare system and the food system, fostering innovative relationships to build a healthy sustainable food system in Detroit. This promising approach to a healthier food system connects patients to fresh, locally-grown produce while providing direct economic benefits to small and midsize farmers.
Participants are referred to the Fresh Rx program by their primary care physician or advanced practice provider.
Traditional Exercise and Activities
Exercise is important to keeping our bodies healthy and strong. The Sacred Roots program helps to create space and opportunities for exercise– including traditional Native American dance, gardening, walking, and games. We want to help make exercise part of people’s lives because these activities go hand-in-hand with changes in diet to promote whole-person wellness.
Some examples of our Food Sovereignty and Fitness activities include:
- Weekly yoga classes
- Youth and Adult Archery
- Raspberry picking & jam making