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'Go Red' event a huge success
By Karen Paetz, USDA-UTTC Extension-Land Grant Programs Director
7 November 2007

      'Go Red' For Women at United Tribes was a huge success!

      The USDA-UTTC Extension-Land Grant staff was honored to be able to partner with Joan Enderle, Director of Go Red North Dakota for the American Heart Association, and her staff.

Karen Paetz and Dr. Monica Mayer
Land Grant Director Karen Paetz (left) and 'Go Red' keynote speaker Dr. Monica Mayer (Three Affiliated). United Tribes News photo.

      The one-and-one-half-day event October 17-18 at the UTTC Wellness Center was titled: "Women The Heartbeat of Our Nations."

      The event attracted 188 individuals who registered and attended various sessions. Included were students and individuals from 14 different communities, in addition to UTTC students and staff. Participants ranged in age from 18 to 69. Communities represented were: Bismarck, Mandan, Cannonball, St. Michael, New Town, Garrison, Belcourt, Devils Lake, Wahpeton, Mandaree, Fort Totten, While Shield, Jamestown, and Rosebud, SD.

      Because heart disease is the number one killer of North Dakota women, plenty of information and training was available about heart health. Emphasis was placed on "knowing your numbers," to help identify areas of risk and mark progress toward a healthier heart. Free heart health screening were made available each morning; 48 people took advantage of the service. Screenings included: blood work (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and blood sugar). UTTC nursing students measured waist circumference, BMI, and blood pressures. Information was provided about the risk present for heart disease or stroke. Special prize drawings were held for those who completed the full heart health screening. Prizes included original framed art work from George Thunder Hawk, Sr. and Prairie Knights Casino week-end package.

      The opening ceremony included the UTTC color guard, drum group and speakers. Dr. David M Gipp, UTTC president shared his personal story of heart disease and emphasized the importance of taking action to prevent heart disease thru healthy lifestyle changes.

      Keynote speaker, Dr. Monica Mayer, provided a fascinating talk about the "Medical Aspects of the Lewis & Clark Journey."

      Door prizes were awarded through out the event. Grand door prizes: $100 Scheels gift card; Home Blood pressure monitor courtesy of MeritCare HealthCare Accessories; and a George Forman Grill. Additional door prizes from exhibitors where presented during large group sessions.

      Physical activity is a great way to improve health and prevent heart disease. Physical activity lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels plus assists with weight control. Participants had numerous opportunities to be physically active including strength training fun with resistance bands provided by Healthy ND and led by Melanie Carvell of MedCenter One. Also chair Robics led by Lila Wells was not only a good workout but was lots of fun for individuals of all fitness levels. More aerobic workout was provided during the Purposeful Movement session. Pilates was another breakout session that offered a new experience for many who gave it a try. Walking was well attended with Jill Nustad from the University of Mary Exercise Science Program. Healthy ND provided free pedometers for all 40 participants in the breakout session.

      Breakout sessions were held on a variety of heart health topics including: Diabetes Talking Circle, Body and Mind Exercise, Cooking with Carol, your personal health record, smoking cessation, and hosting a local community event.

      Mark Mindt was the morning speaker on the second day. His humor and message in his presentation "Farm Boy Logic: Common Sense Wellness," was enjoyed by all.

      A physical healing ceremony was held to close the event. Everyone left with a commitment to make a "love their heart" pledge and make a positive behavior change. While some planned to stop smoking, others were planning to increase exercise or change eating habits.

      As one participate said: "I was surprised how easy it really is to just get moving and making better eating choices. All the sessions were very informative."

      Another said: "The presentations didn't just talk about it and give hand outs, we actually did the exercises Cool!"

      Looking through the evaluations, Joan Enderle reported that they are very positive. She said she was surprised that some of the students wanted "more exercise." There are some good suggestions to consider for future events. Everyone who completed an evaluation checked "YES" to the question "Would you recommend this event to a friend?" which is a wonderful complement, she said.

      One of the guest speakers, Loralie DeCora from Wisconsin, commented about how impressed she was with the United Tribes campus and she is planning to bring students from Wisconsin for a tour.

      CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done to the thorough, hard working Land Grant staff; they did an excellent job of planning and conducting this event. Special thanks to Frank W. Lohnes, who did an outstanding job of setting up and servicing all the rooms used in the Wellness Center and JBC. And thank you to the many UTTC students and staff who participated. This event was a collaboration of many UTTC departments and our partners from off campus. I appreciate each of you for the part you played in making the event successful whether it was providing ideas, arranging for speakers, making arrangements for food, room set-up, publicity, heart health screenings, and the many other acclivities it took to make this a success. Please know you are appreciated for your good work.

      Go Red For Women is all about loving your heart and sharing the message with your family, neighbors and friends.Thanks to funding from the American Heart Association's grant from Dakota Medical Foundation, tribal communities in North Dakota can apply for a grant to host an event in the spring of 2008. Your tribal community can apply for up to $2,000 to hold a Go Red event for women in your community.

      For more information contact the Go Red ND staff at 701-252-5122, Joan Enderle or Amy Walters: 1005 12th Ave SE, Jamestown, ND 58402-1287, Toll Free 800-437-9710, FAX 701-251-2092, Cell 701-320-5950, E-mail: joan.enderle@heart.org; www.GoRedND.com.


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