Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.51
Liaison Sarah Mittlefehldt
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Northern Michigan University
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sarah Mittlefehldt
Co-Chair, Sustainability Advisory Council
Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Decolonizing Diet Project

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Decolonizing Diet Project is an exploratory study of the relationship between people and Indigenous foods of the Great Lakes Region. Very few studies have ever been conducted on this subject matter, and studies that examine the physical, cultural, and legal/political dimensions are practically non-existent.

The DDP chronicles the year-long experience of 25 voluntary research subjects as they adhere to a diet consisting of 25-100% Indigenous foods from the Great Lakes Region, and an exercise regimen developed in consultation with an exercise science specialist and/or their personal physician.

The DDP incorporates self-monitoring by the research subjects using video, photo, audio, and written journals/logs. The DDP staff is seeking answers to questions, such as: will this improve health, and what kind of social barriers will be encountered, if any?

Access to Indigenous foods comes from the local economy, foraging, hunting, fishing, and gardening. A database of Indige- nous foods and availability has been developed by DDP staff and is available at the DDP group site. To access the master food list visit: https://share.nmu.edu/moodle/course/view.php?id=33.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement
Food & Dining
Diversity & Affordability

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

You can also learn more about the Decolonizing Diet Project at: http://decolonizingdietproject.blogspot.com

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