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Nutrition

Hi Cheryl,

I'm not sure where your client lives or whether she or he has a provider here at Sault Tribe Health Center in one of our health centers.  This senior would need to  be a tribal member who's established care with a medical provider at one of our tribal health centers.  That provider can then order medications for them.  Please encourage the elder to call one of the numbers below for more information on getting established as a patient with one of our health centers.

Sault Tribal Health & Human Services and Mackinac Straits Health System
906-643-8689 or 1-877-256-0135

Manistique Tribal Health Center
906-341-8469 or 1-800-401-0043

Grand Island Chippewa Community Center in Munising
906-387-4614 or 1-800-236-4705

Sault Ste Marie Tribal Health & Human Services Center
906-632-5210 or 1-877-256-0009

Thank you for your interest!

We do not have our own inpatient alcohol treatment center, but there are places that eligible patients can be referred to. I think, most often, patients that need this end up going to Marquette's inpatient treatment center. However, for the most accurate information and the first step in seeking something like this, you'd need to talk with our Behavioral Health staff, who could fill you in a lot more. Call 906-632-5200 and ask to be connected to someone in Behavioral Health Dept.
Hope that helps!

Thank you for your interest.  Dr. Irish does acupuncture and chiropractor for the tribe.  You can call medical scheduling desk for an appointment at (906) 632-2042. 

Physical Activity

The link below will take you to sparkpeople.com's frequently asked fitness questions and the answers to those questions:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_experts_questions.asp

Tobacco

It is important to find new ways to deal with stress – go for a quick walk, talk with a friend, take a few deep breaths, or take a warm bath. Always tell yourself smoking does not make stress go away – in fact it only makes things worse in the long run.

Some people gain some weight when they quit, but it is usually less than 10 lbs. Some of the weight gain is because of a change in your metabolism while some may be due to eating more after you quit. The good news is that by watching what you eat and adding in some extra exercise, it is possible to quit without gaining any weight. If you find yourself wanting to snack instead of smoking, choose healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables, or chew sugar-free gum. If you gain some weight when you quit smoking, a Sault Tribe registered dietitian may be able to help you lose those unwanted pounds!

Based on your health history, current medications, and past quit attempts, your healthcare provider or tobacco cessation counselor will help you decide which medication is most likely to help you succeed and what dosage is appropriate. No one medication is right for every person. Some medications such as the nicotine patch, gum, and lozenge are available over the counter while others require a prescription from your doctor. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider about which medication will work best for you.

The following people are eligible for the program:

  • Sault Tribe members.
  • Other Federally Recognized Native Americans.  
  • Sault Tribe employees
  • Non–Native spouses with insurance may utilize the program if they meet all other eligibility requirements.  Insurance may be billed and co-payments and deductibles will apply.

Other requirements include:

  • Patients must have a current Sault Tribe healthcare provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assitant).
  • A prior appointment with a Sault Tribe healthcare provider may be required to enroll in the program if it has been more than 6 months since you last saw your provider.
  • To increase your success in quitting, an appointment with a tobacco treatment consultant will be required prior to receiving cessation medications.

To enroll in the program, tell your Sault Tribe healthcare provider you are ready to quit and ask for a referral. If you already meet all eligibility requirements, please call (906) 632-5210 or call your local Tribal Health Center.