MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Native Americans have some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and profound health problems.
Many of those problems are blamed on poor nutrition.READ MORE: 1 Shot At Hopkins Apartment Building, Suspect In Custody
So, there’s a national effort to return to native foods and better diets.READ MORE: School Bus Companies Install Cameras To Catch Drivers Ignoring Stop Arms
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced the Seeds of Native Health campaign on Tuesday. They’re putting $5 million into the effort to stop this silent crisis.
“Our ancestors lived in close harmony with the land and were able to sustain a healthy diet,” said Keith Anderson, the vice chair of the SMSC. “Decades of poverty have resulted in poor and inadequate diets for many native families.”MORE NEWS: Northeastern Minnesota Braces For Record Flooding
Researchers say 80 percent of the battle in fighting obesity and diabetes comes from inadequate access to healthy food.