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Wellness in spotlight during National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month took center stage tribalwide for the Health Department’s Pathways Seminole Wellness Program in March. Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month emphasized the importance of making smart food choices while improving healthy eating and fitness habits. The mission of the organization, founded in 1917

Fish fry serves up better years ahead for recovery community

SUNRISE — Age meant nothing at the 9th annual Hollywood Fish Fry hosted by Seminoles in Recovery at Markham Park. Participants at the Jan. 23 food, fun and fellowship event in Sunrise measured their years in time free from drugs and alcohol. "I’m at 20 years," said Kelly Hancock, an addictions

Heart health heralded tribalwide

Since 1964, February has been designated American Heart Month to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans, including Native Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association. Throughout the month, the Seminole Health Department sponsored tribalwide events focused on heart

Rez Rally tackles diabetes, everybody wins

BIG CYPRESS — Good-hearted competition set the stage for the Tribe’s 16th annual diabetes awareness Rez Rally hosted at Big Cypress Reservation. "I’m going to win," said Dantae Russel, 12, of Immokalee, just before the start of the reservation vs. reservation Jan. 16 contest. "No, me," laughed Caleb Billie, 12, of Big

Mammo van delivers cancer awareness, on-scene service

BRIGHTON — Floral art and meditative music set a cozy mood inside the bus-sized Mobile Mammo vehicle staged on a recent Tuesday in a Brighton Reservation parking lot. "There is nothing to be afraid of," said Carla Gopher, who waited on a leather sofa thumbing through magazines before receiving the first

Fitness enthusiasts Jingle Bell Jog through Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD — In a season of rich food, plentiful sweets and bubbly cheer, the Health Department sponsored the Jingle Bell Jog 5K on Dec. 17 in Hollywood to help keep health and fitness on the front burner. "We wanted to get the community together and promote fitness during the holidays," said

Seniors show skills at military-themed Trike Fest

BIG CYPRESS — Eight days after Veterans Day, military pride remained on display Nov. 19 as the theme of the 11th annual Senior Trike Fest. Forty-seven seniors from Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood and Immokalee showed their patriotism while competing for glory and trophies in Big Cypress. "It’s an annual social gathering,

Annual farmers market promotes healthy living, tackles diabetes

BIG CYPRESS — Big Cypress kicked off the Tribe’s 3 Sisters Farmers Market with a succulent spread of locally grown fruits, vegetables and materials aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles. The Allied Health program hosted the Nov. 18 event during National Diabetes Awareness Month to help battle diabetes within the Tribe. For

Big Cypress thinks pink for breast cancer awareness

BIG CYPRESS — A pink fire hydrant in Big Cypress helped mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Tribe land in October. Other members of the community showed their support by pulling pink clothes out of their closets Oct. 23 for Pink Out Day at the Frank Billie Field Office in

Runners, walkers cheer for sobriety during annual 5K

HOLLYWOOD — More than 40 determined people gathered before dawn Sept. 19 ready to walk, run or stroll through Hollywood’s Topeekeegee Yugnee (T.Y.) Park for the sixth annual Seminoles in Recovery 5K Run & Walk. "We try to teach a new way of life," said Helene Buster, organizer of Seminoles in

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