Cherokee Choices

Diabetes Prevention Education

Cherokee Choices

is a chronic disease prevention program for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians under the Public Health and Human Services Division.

Vision: Generations of Wellness

Mission: To Promote Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, & Cultural Well-being among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in order to prevent Chronic Diseases.

Remember the Removal Ride

Selected riders retrace the northern route of the Trail of Tears on a bicycle 950 miles. The project includes 6 months of training, history education, Cherokee Syllabary classes and genealogy classes leading up to the ride. The EBCI partners with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma for the ride and it occurs in June each year. The application period is from Oct 1st- Oct 21st. Applications will be due to Shelby Parker no later than 4:30, Oct 21st. Click here for application.

Stress & Healing Arts Retreat

A 2 day retreat focusing on stress reduction and healing from grief and trauma. Sessions include historical grief & trauma, Cherokee culture, healing touch, massage, arts & crafts, tai chi, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy & life coaching. Free and open to everyone. Limited space is available, you must apply (18 years and older -15-17 years with an adult in attendance).

Cherokee Choices Summer Camp

A trio of outdoor-based summer camps promoting wellness for youth 8-15 years of age among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. There will be a choice of Yoga, cultural, and garden camp that run through June and July. Participants must apply. Acceptance is based on need and commitment to the camp. Activities include Cherokee culture and language, nutrition & wellness lessons, outdoor activities such as zip lining, whitewater rafting, horseback riding; skill building such as Leader in Me, Pottery, Kid’s Smoothie Bar; & a Kid’s Club: Golf, Yoga/Arts & Crafts, Gardening/Kids in Kitchen, BFS (Bigger Faster Stronger).

In Schools

Cherokee Choices staff work with students on self esteem, cultural pride, conflict resolution, emotional well-being and health knowledge. Programs include the Healthy Halloween Fair, Walk & Talk, After school programming, Art of selfcare for teens, Vision & BMI screening & serving on the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

Mother’s Day 5K Walk/Run

Held at Kituwah Mound the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Contact Yolanda for more info.

Turkey Strut 5K

Held at Kituwah Mound the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Contact Yolanda for more info.

Cherokee Kitchens and Osda Videos

Monthly healthy cooking show promoting healthy meals & traditional Cherokee Foods. Airs on Channel 28 and is shared on EBCI Communications & Cherokee Choices Facebook page. Episodes include learning how to make Traditional Teas (YouTube video), Bean Bread (YouTube video), and Quick and Easy Meals & many more!

At work

Health professionals​ help tribal employees participate in activities at their work sites that are designed to help them reduce stress, eat healthier foods and increase their physical activity levels.

Art of Selfcare

support group focusing on personal strengths, finding joy, and managing stress. Contact Keahana for more info.

Chronic Disease Prevention

To learn more about Cherokee Choices: A chronic disease prevention program for American Indians, click here for an in-depth article published in Preventing Chronic Disease (CDC).

Mission Slimpossible

A health program that provides nutrition education, individualized fitness goals, Stress management, and individualized nutrition plans with registered dieticians. Contact Tori or Shelby for more info.

Reconnect With Resiliency Team

A team of community members dedicated to helping others understand themselves, their emotions, and ways to release energy. Reconnect for Resilience™ trainings offer community members a set of easy-to-use tools to stay well in the face of adversity, contact Shelby, Keahana or Robin for more information.

Cherokee Language Classes

Classes are taught by EBCI enrolled member Hawk “Tawodi” Brown. Call to sign up.

Cherokee Choices

Ginger Lynn Welch Complex
806 Acquoni Road
PO Box 666
Cherokee, NC 28719

Robin Callahan, RD, LDN, MHS
Program Director

Monday – Friday
7:45 am – 4:30 pm

Frances Maney
Office Administrator

Yolanda Saunooke
Behavioral Change Specialist

April Innis, RD, LDN, MHS, CDE
Nutrition & Fitness Coordinator

Victoria Trammell
Nutrition & Fitness Education Coordinator

Shelby Parker
Program Assistant

Keahana Lambert
Prevention Specialist

Corlee Thomas-Hill
Remember the Removal Ride Coordinator

Hawk Brown   ᏔᏬᏗ ᎤᏬᏗᎨᎢ
Cultural Consultant, Cherokee Choices

Anne Link
Early Childhood Education & Garden Coordinator
828 359-6795

Weekly Fitness Classes

Women’s Strength Training

Functional fitness for all levels, free and open to everyone, contact Shelby to sign up.

Cherokee Strong

16-week classes to provide support for making healthy lifestyle changes: nutrition, physical activity, goal setting and stress management. At Ginger Lynn Welch Complex and at Snowbird Rec Complex. Requirement: at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Contact April for more info.

Cherokee Yoga

All levels welcome, free & open to everyone Yoga for Wellness @ 12 & Gentle Yoga @ 7am – held once per week, class dates vary, contact Yolanda or Robin for more info.

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