Fall Into Wellness

Programs, Services and Resources to Help Chickasaw Citizens Thrive

There's no better time than now to work on developing healthy habits and an effective fitness routine, and the Chickasaw Nation has multiple initiatives that strive to help citizens as they pursue wellness. The health and fitness program at the Chickasaw Youth Clubs in Sulphur and Tishomingo offer fitness assessments twice a year, physical education sessions once a week and specialized programs based on student demand such as golf, rowing, tumbling and biking. One especially popular program is Players In Progress, a basketball group that teaches technical skills as well as qualities such as self-esteem and teamwork. Organizers work to introduce Chickasaw youth to a wide range of physical activities in order to help them find what best suits them. Another offering from the Chickasaw Nation is the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program, under the Prevention Services division. This program aims to combat high rates of tobacco usage among Native Americans by supporting cessation with counseling and free nicotine replacement therapy options, as well as by encouraging potential new smokers not to pick up the habit. One of the most widely utilized resources available through this program is the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a 24/7 confidential phone service that offers advice and access to in-person or web-based counseling. Funded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the service employs counselors who are mostly former smokers and understand the nature of tobacco addiction. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline number is 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669). In the final segment, registered dietitian nutritionists Tiffany Grant and Melissa Church demonstrate one of the recipes from the Get Fresh! Nutrition Program, a peach and banana smoothie perfect for kids or an on-the-go breakfast. More videos, recipes and helpful tips may be found on Chickasaw.tv. To learn more about wellness programs, visit Chickasaw.net.