Native Plant Foods of North America: Using Traditional Culture to Improve Modern Diets of Native Americans

Tuesday, October 20
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (Central Time)
Location:
CE: 1.0
Level 3 (advanced knowledge/expertise)
Activity Code: 157713

Native Americans suffer disproportionately from preventable chronic diseases (such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension) that are managed and prevented by healthy diet and physical activity behaviors. Typically residing in widespread, rural areas, Native Americans generally have limited food access and calorically dense foods high in fat and sugar are often times more readily available or the easiest food choice. Historical food rations and annuity systems, fatalistic views, and social support are key contributors to diet behaviors. Speakers will examine ways traditional culture or values may be embraced to promote modernized, plant-based diets to return Native Americans to healthy diet behaviors. Native plants include muscadine, pumpkin, pine, red cedar, black walnut, white oak, juniper, among others and may be used in quick bread, low sugar jelly/jam, seasoned lean meat, and refreshing beverage recipes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Appraise practice implications of historical, social and cultural factors related to diet and disease among Native Americans.
  • Modify recipes to include native-plant based ingredients in foods and beverages.
  • Demonstrate the use of native plant-based ingredients in foods and beverages.

Performance Indicators:

  • 8.4.4 Considers customer’s choice, beliefs, food
    sensitivities, allergies, wants and needs.
  • 8.2.2 Applies knowledge of health determinants
    when planning, developing and implementing
    services, programs, meal plans and menus.
  • 9.3.2 Develops and/or selects a variety of learning
    activities based on a plan of action and outcomes,
    and the needs of the individual, group, community
    and population.

    Moderator(s)

  • Native Plant Foods of North America: Using Traditional Culture to Improve Modern Diets of Native Americans -

    Sermin Aras, MS, RD

    Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center

  • Speaker(s)

  • Native Plant Foods of North America: Using Traditional Culture to Improve Modern Diets of Native Americans -

    Jennifer Lemacks, PhD, RD

    Director

    Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center

  • Native Plant Foods of North America: Using Traditional Culture to Improve Modern Diets of Native Americans -

    Tammy Greer, PhD

    associate professor

    The University of Southern Mississippi Center for American Indian Studies and Research