DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore - The Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe took a big step in creating a healthier lifestyle for their members.
It was a day of celebration for the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe, after they joined forces with Blue Zones Project Umpqua, a community led well-being initiative designed to help people make healthier lifestyle choices.
"We typically see a higher rate of diabetes in Native Americans and chronic disease related to that," said Erin Audiss.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Office of Minority Health, American Indians are twice as likely to have diabetes.
But Blue Zones Project wants to help lower those chances by encouraging movement, stress management, and plant-based eating.
"Implement these strategies so people can feel like they're actually enjoying and being able to make healthy choices in a fun, and even easy, manner," said John Dimof.
"This is something that we're doing that is positively impacting the community, and that's really what we're all about," said Audiss.
Blue Zones Project will continue expanding in Douglas County so more people can live longer and healthier lives.