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Traditional Foods: Impacting Type 2 Diabetes for Menominee People


American Indians; type 2 diabetes; qualitative; Menominee; Traditional Foods


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American Indian and Alaska Native Adults are twice as likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than non-Hispanic whites . Rates of diagnosed diabetes among American Indians and Alaska Natives younger than 35 doubled from 1994 - 2004 (CDC). The statistics for the Menominee Reservation mirror the national trends.

This phenomenological qualitative research project examines the meaning and perceptions of Traditional Foods encountered with health and type 2 diabetes for Menominee people. The question to be examined: “How does the use of Traditional Foods impact type 2 diabetes within the Menominee reservation?” The participant demographics consists of 9 individuals, seven being American Indian and six of these are from the Menominee Tribe. The representation of genders includes: 5 males ranging in age from 26-45 and 4 females ranging from 32-57 in age.

Data analysis will occur after the last interview and transcriptions have been completed. Salient themes will be identified thus providing recurring ideas or language and patterns of belief that link to understanding the research question.