Nituuchischaayihtitaau Aschii multi-community environment and health longitudinal study in Eeyou Istchee: Community reports

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TitleNituuchischaayihtitaau Aschii multi-community environment and health longitudinal study in Eeyou Istchee: Community reports
Publication TypeResearch
Year of Publication2005
Corporate AuthorsCree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay(CBHSSJB), Niskamoon Corporation
Keywordsenvironmental health
Abstract

Summary of the Nituuchischaayihtitaau Aschii Study The Nituuchischaayihtitaau Aschii project aims to give a clear picture of people’s health and well-being in Eeyou Aschii. In particular, it focuses on whether the health benefits of eating traditional food outweigh the risks of contamination from evironmental pollutants. The information acquired by this project helps the CBHSSJB to address people's concerns about contaminants and to assist them in making wise food choices. It also helps the CBHSSJB set priorities for health services. Over several years the project team visited 7 out of 9 Cree communities, meeting people at the Multi Services Day Center in Mistissini (2005), Eastmain (2007), Wemindji (2007), Chisasibi (2008), Waskaganish (2008), Whapmagoostui (2009) and Waswanipi (2009). Study participants – including men, women and children of all ages – received medical tests and answered questions about the food that they eat, their level of physical activity, and their medical history. The project also sponsored educational activities in each community, working with local schools and summer camps to run workshops to raise awareness about science, health and nutrition issues. At the end of the study each participant received his or her individual results, and overall results for each community were presented to the Chief and council and community members. These reports summarize the major findings.

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