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Subsistence: Tribal Nutrition and Health

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Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies


Changes in nutritional habits play an important role in overall health and well being. As dietary habits of the Three Affiliated Tribes (TAT) changed from their traditional high vegetable/ high protein diets to those more inclined to high carbohydrates/ high fat, diabetes incidence rose to the rates observed today with at least 89% of TAT members expected to have some form of diabetes by age 55. This material provides a cultural perspective on health conditions as a result of changes in diet and lifestyle.


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Last updated: July 21, 2015