Nuli Pomaws (Passamaquoddy - I Live Well) Healthy Living

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Nuli Pomaws (pronounced noo•lee buh•mows) is Passamaquoddy for “I live well.” This name was chosen to reflect the program’s focus on taking care of our bodies through physical activity and nutrition. Initially our program focused on just physical activity then we added nutrition education with Snap-Ed. As we began adapting our programs to be more culturally specific, it became evident that this also included our traditional foods.

Nutrition Education

This program is a Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program that teaches eligible low-income tribal community members how to eat healthy on a limited budget and lead physically active lifestyles. This program develops new and strengthens existing partnerships with tribal community-based agencies to provide obesity prevention services, including nutrition education and physical activity programs to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) eligible households in tribal communities.

Cooking Matters Classes in Millinocket

This series of interactive cooking and nutrition education classes available for kids, teens, adults, or families in Millinocket started in November 2021.  This program teaches strategies to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. Cooking Matters curriculum uses the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate as the foundation for basic nutrition guidelines, then builds upon these ideas, using interactive lessons to teach cooking, food safety, and food resource management. WPHW partners with Maine Snap-Ed and Good Shepherd Food Bank to offer the classes.

Physical Activity Promotion

This program focuses on obesity prevention initiatives working with communities to create environments that support healthy choices. Bringing evidence-based strategies for healthy living into schools, childcare and out-of-school programs, health care practices, and workplaces reaching children and adults where they live, learn, work, and play. Our programs use evidence-based strategies to increase healthy eating and physical activity among children from birth to 18. The multi-setting model allows us to reach childcare programs, schools, out-of-school programs, and health care practices and unite them in the goal of encouraging children to adopt healthy habits that will last a lifetime.