The American Heart Association will host its second “Honoring the Beat of Life” inter-tribal pow wow on November 9th, in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Health advocates and community participants at this years’ pow wow will also help the AHA observe a World Diabetes Day.
The event, co-sponsored by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma’s Diabetes Wellness Program, aims to encourage Native Americans to learn about controlling high blood pressure and preventing heart disease through diet and exercise. Community members can get on the spot readings for blood pressure, glucose and domestic violence awareness information at the event’s health fair.
The pow wow features a traditional cooking demonstration, a CPR Anytime demonstration, a one-mile fun run and walk, and a Zumba session for beginners. Then, get ready for some afternoon dance festivities, including Gourd dancing and a dance contest.
Rachel Crawford, the director of health equity for AHA, called the pow wow a good indicator that American Indian families want to make good choices for their families heart health.
“Last year, we had a big response from those who participated,” Crawford said in a news release. “We invited familiar and trusted health care entities like the Indian Health Services clinic to give flu shots. Those who might not go to the doctor for flu protection took advantage of the free flu shots.”
Arlen Good Fox has been named the pow wow’s head singer and Mark Wilson will emcee the event.