Back to Basics Gardening Nutrition and Education

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Program Highlight
Fort Belknap Extension
FRTEP - 1862

In FY2005, Fort Belknap Indian Health Service Unit’s Ten-Leading Causes of Direct Outpatient care are all diet related diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer. In FY2006 Montana Vital Statistics Report, published by the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services indicates cancer, heart disease and diabetes as the top leading causes of death in the State. Again, these are all nutrition/diet-related diseases, which indicate the great need to address the types of foods we eat, the preparation and the amount of physical exercise we are initiating.

The Back to Basic Gardening, Nutrition Education & Training Project focused on promoting nutrition education and healthy lifestyles by demonstration garden projects in three communities to address nutrition education and to help Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation participants and those eligible to establish healthy eating habits and to learn the importance of maintaining a more physically active lifestyle. This project was a partnership with Fort Belknap Extension and Fort Belknap College’s Horticulture Project, on the Fort Belknap Reservation.