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Changing Lifestlyes - Living Longer


Focus Areas


Changing Lifestyles Living Longer program focuses on the impact of chronic diseases such as cancer, obesity, and diabetes among Lumbee tribal membership living in the tribal services areas of Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, and Scotland counties. 


  • Excess body weight increases the risk of developing and dying from many types of cancer?

  • ​About one in three cancer deaths in the U.S. is related to poor nutrition and the lack of physical activity, with obesity as a major factor?

  • ​Two out of three Americans are overweight or obese?

  • ​Evidence suggests that a diet low in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and high in red and processed meats can increase the risk of several of the most common cancers?

  • ​It is far easier to avoid gaining weight than it is to lose it?

  • ​Avoiding weight gain has clear benefits for reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer?

  • ​Balancing caloric intake with physical activity plays an important role in maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight?

  • ​At least 30- 60 minutes of physical activity 5 or more days per week is recommended?


Services Provided


Community forums that educate the Lumbee Tribal Community concerning the importance of preventive health measures and the causes of some chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and the burgeoning effects of obesity.



  • Assistance with referrals to a medical home.

  • Assistance with completing Medicare, and Medicaid applications.

  • Healthy Living Training from Tribal Lay Health Advisors


Contact Us


Kathy Woriax – Director

Phone: 910.521.5580


Vondra Locklear-Administrative Assistant

Phone: 910.521.5580


Address - 6984 NC Hwy 711 West , Pembroke, NC 28372


This grant is funded by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities.


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