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October 08, 2009

Looking Back To Look Forward

Obesity is a major health problem across the United States. But there may be no place that's as profoundly affected as the Tohono O'odham Nation, south of Tucson, Ariz. Native Americans there have one of the highest rates of diabetes ever recorded.

Terrol Johnson grew up on the reservation eating fry bread, government-supplied cheese, and drinking liters of soda a day. After Terrol was diagnosed with diabetes as a young man, he set out to change the way his community eats. He helped start Tohono O'odham Community Action, which uses traditional foods to improve health. The community now produces foods like the tepary bean, mesquite flour, and corn in the desert. Terrol joins Dick to talk about his journey towards rediscovering traditional foods - and a very long walk he embarked on as he tried to improve his own health. Terrol's walking companions, his nephew Shane and niece Maray, also join the conversation to talk about what the walk has meant to them.

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