Trainings at Tulalip Further Community Wellness
Close to 100 people participated in four great Native Wellness Institute (NWI) trainings on May 20-22. The trainings were held at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington. Training topics included Adults Working with Native Youth Outdoor Adventure and Awareness, Native Paleo Functional Fitness and Nutrition, Health Relationships Training of Trainers and Problem Gambling Awareness and Prevention.
One trademark element of NWI training is its hands-on, experiential format. Each morning, all participants shared breakfast and interactive activities to facilitate getting to know one another, have some good belly laughs, sing, dance and share some good words. Following a break, participants attended their respective workshops.
NWI has been offering Healthy Relationships Training of Trainers for many years now. The Tulalip training adds 25 more individuals who are certified to facilitate Healthy Relationships trainings in their communities. Those participating in Native Paleo gained greater understanding about how traditional Native diets, coupled with physical activity, improve the quality of one’s life and how community health educators and diabetes programs can incorporate Native Paleo into their community health agendas. Tulalip, with its easy access to nature and the outdoors, was the perfect setting for training on Working with Native Youth in the outdoors. Participants braved the Northwest rains and sun to share traditional knowledge on surviving outdoors. And the first ever Problem Gambling Awareness and Prevention workshop in Indian Country was held, where participants learned how to recognize problem gambling in themselves or others, and what a community can do about it.
Taking healthy risks, i.e., stepping outside of our comfort zones, was constantly encouraged throughout the workshops and many participants stepped into the circle to offer songs, prayers, good words, jokes, energizers, and to share their knowledge and experiences.
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi is located in Michigan. NWI provided training to the Tribal Gaming Commission as well as training to the tribal health staff on the impacts of historical trauma. Progressive thinkers such as their tribal health director know the impacts of historical and intergenerational trauma and how trauma impacts our behavior and how that behavior plays out in the workplace. Having awareness is the first step to positive behavior change. The staff enjoyed the training and identified many areas to work on to build a stronger team and better serve the community.