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Tulalip Tribes’ first successful Eating Smart Being Active (ESBA) Class on the Tulalip reservation

Posted by CAHNRS.Web Team | January 15, 2019

Domain: Learn

by AnneCherise Jensen

In 2018, the Tulalip SNAP-Ed program conducted our first Eating Smart Being Active classes on the Tulalip Reservation. The classes took place at the historic Tulalip Dining Hall, a beautiful building located on the beach of the Tulalip Bay. Anyone affiliated with the Tulalip Community (tribal members, spouses, employees, health clinic patients) was invited to attend. We used the 2018 updated version of the Eating Smart Being Active (ESBA) Curriculum, with 9 weekly classes, from 5-7pm.  Thanks to extra funding provided through a partnership with the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP),  class participants cooked a family meal together each night and were sent home with a bag of groceries to recreate the meal at home each week!  Our classes were consistently attended by 20-25 people!
SNAP-Ed coordinators at their Healthy Veggies booth.
In early March, Senator Patty Murray’s assistant, Ann Seabott, visited one of our ESBA Classes. She was very interested in the work we were accomplishing – and wanted to bring it back to Senator Murray to advocate for SNAP-Ed in the Farm Bill before theSenate.  The Tulalip SNAP-Ed Program and Tribal members and departments have worked closely to build relationships and establish the trust necessary to conduct such work.  Continued partnership with the DPP program has resulted in our part-time Tribal SNAP-Ed program coordinator being offered a full-time position with DPP.  Brooke is still assisting the SNAP-Ed program, but she is doing so now through sustainable funding from the DPP. The success of the ESBA program is an excellent example of how an initial SNAP-Ed investment in a Tribal community can help secure additional resources to expand education on the importance of nutrition and physical activity, and even provide employment to Tribal members.