Native People Walking the Path for Health

Published on March 22, 2011

Updated on March 14, 2023

The Chehalis Tribal Community Center in Washington state was buzzing last weekend with a “March to Prevention”.  The health fair included a Colon Health Bingo, diabetes testing, Zumba demonstrations, hands on lung cancer exhibit with real (yuck) lungs, prostate cancer info, raffles, a  necklace workshop, fabulous community meals and the Prevent Cancer Super Colon.  They also had a panel of speakers from three different tribes share their experiences.

The South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA) brings together the Chehalis, Cowlitz, Nisqually, Shoalwater Bay, Skokomish, Quinault and Squaxin Island tribes. These seven tribes are stepping away from cancer by offering their communities information to help them reduce their risk of cancer by walking a path that includes exercise, healthy eating, no alcohol or commercial tobacco use and getting screened early for preventable cancers.

SPIPA offers patient navigators for each of the tribes who work in the colon health program and assist in getting people screened.

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