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Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi (Eat Well, Live Well)

Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi (Eat Well, Live Well), University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus, has the goals of 1) introducing children to the impact of food on physical, emotional and social wellbeing, 2) improving nutrition literacy, and 3) acting as a friendly format to share information with caregivers in the lives of children. This is accomplished through creation of two culturally-responsive, age-appropriate activity books, one for the developmental range of 3rd-4th grade, the other for 5th-6th grade; similar books for Kindergarten and 1st-2nd grades will be available in April 2020. The books incorporate MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus for Kids, and MedlinePlus for Teens information as well as other National Library of Medicine resources. Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi books are crafted with Native American children in mind but also designed to be widely appreciated and raise cultural awareness across many audiences. Native American communities and cultures are sources of strength that can aid in healing and improving the livelihood of Native Americans. By respectfully incorporating Ojibwe (a large tribe in the northern U.S.) culture and language, Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi heightens awareness of food-associated factors that contribute to physical and emotional health. Native Americans live with some of the nation’s most significant health disparities. While the causes are immensely complex, it is widely recognized that food insecurity, associated food behaviors, and malnutrition are major influences. Obesity is one outcome of poor diet and unavailability of healthy, nutritious foods. Adult health is often associated with childhood health. Native Americans have the highest prevalence of both childhood and adult obesity. Adults also have significant prevalence of and the highest mortality rates from diabetes and cardiovascular disease, often resulting from poor diet and common comorbidities of obesity. By providing access to trustworthy up to date information, Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi empowers Native Americans to take better control of their health and make more informed food-associated decisions early in life while supporting caregivers in facilitating healthful eating. Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi books are available as National Networks of Libraries of Medicine repository resources. Printed books are available free of charge by the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus.

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Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
American Indian
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Educator, K-12
General public
Student, K-12
Project Lead:
Anna Wirta Kosobuski
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May 1, 2020 to Apr 30, 2021
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