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    Default Oh how sweet it isn’t: Navajo president bans candy at parade

    FELICIA FONSECA
    Sept 6, 2019

    Thousands of people will line a highway on the Navajo Nation this Saturday for the largest Native American fair parade in the country. But children gripping grocery bags, pillow cases or empty flour sacks eager to scoop up candy might not get any.
    Rather than channel Willy Wonka, tribal President Jonathan Nez banned participants from handing out candy and other junk food — encouraging them instead to give out fruit, vegetables and bottled water. He cited the high prevalence of diabetes among Navajos and said the drastic measure would help people think differently about the food they eat.
    “It doesn’t make sense where our government offices spend thousands and thousands of dollars for candy to be handed out in parades and on the other hand say, here we are fighting against diabetes,” Nez told The Associated Press.

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    Default Re: Oh how sweet it isn’t: Navajo president bans candy at parade

    I wonder how they responded to that?

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    Default Re: Oh how sweet it isn’t: Navajo president bans candy at parade

    Some did not respond well. Tribal President Nez received major push back from some parents who want their children to have candy. A few years ago, Congress appropriated specific funds for the Indian Health Service to help fight diabetes in the Native American and Alaskan Native populations. So, kudos to Pres. Nez for taking a small step to get people focused on a longstanding problem.

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    Educate, educate, educate! A former chief of the Penobscot nation here in Maine, Barry Dana, is an awesome leader who continues to educate and inspire his people.
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