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Unformatted text preview: • Life span of T.O. male: 57 years • Pima Community: highest instance of diabetes in the world • Replacing desert foods with western diet a likely cause Returning to Desert Foods • Local foods such as beans, corn, cacti, mesquite tend to be high in soluble fiber and amylose • Cholla buds and saguaro fruit slow sugar absorption in bloodstream • Foods are slow to digest and stave off hunger • Medicine/prevention for diabetes Desert Foods vs. Western Foods • Hominy vs. sweet corn • Tepary beans vs. pinto beans Other desert foods • Mesquite • Amaranth • Cholla Buds Moving Toward Wellness • Education • H.O.P.P • Weight loss challenges • Fun Runs • Nutrition Counceling • Camp for at risk children • 2000 Desert Walk for Biodiversity Community Action • Combines goal of beating diabetes and economic development • Encourage wellness and self sufficiency...
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- Spring '08
- Nutrition, Maize, Tohono O, desert foods, diabetes Desert Foods