Navajo Healthy Mind, Body, & Spirit
Hozh’oogo Nitsahakees, Iina doo Ha’ahon
This section is meant to offer you articles and links to other websites that might help you on your road to a healthier lifestyle.
This website is aimed at the general public and has interesting information about what constitutes an alcohol problem, guidelines about drinking safely and resources if there are problems, signs of a problem and strategies for cutting down. Read more
A national campaign to promote physical activity for Native Americans. Read more
Your blood cholesterol level has a lot to do with your chances of getting heart disease. High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. A risk factor is a condition that increases your chance of getting a disease. In fact, the higher your blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk for developing heart disease or having a heart attack. Read more
Diabetes rates in Navajo people are three times higher than in the U.S. population. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease; both kidney disease and diabetes rates are rising in the Navajo community. Lack of exercise and diets that are non-traditional (heavy in fast food, sugar and fats) are causing an increase in diabetes among Navajo. Read more
If you’re like most people, you think that heart disease is a problem for other folks. But heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. It is also a major cause of disability. There are many different forms of heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It’s the major reason people have heart attacks. Read more
Here you can find information on Navajo traditional medicines which are as much for healing the body as for the mind and spirit. We have begun this page with a description of only a few medicinal and traditional plants. We ask for your input – your own stories and your grandma’s stories about the types and uses of traditional medicines. Please click on Contact Us to send your contributions to us. Read more
More coming soon!