SOUTHWEST FOODS mAARP Oklahoma is working with tribal leaders and the state Department of Health to reduce health disparities among Native Americans through better nutrition. During the Seventh Generation conference, which will be held in Norman April 7-9, Shannon Francis from the Denver Indian Center will present an indigenous cooking demonstration.

Oklahoma is home to 39 federally recognized tribal nations and the second largest population of Native Americans in the country, according to the U.S. Census. Many Native Americans in the state live in “food deserts,” areas without easy access to fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Other topics on the Seventh Generation agenda include healthy behaviors; prevention of lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes; cultural preservation; and collaboration between federal, state and tribal nations.

For more information or to register, call the state Office of Tribal Liaison at 405-271-5170 or go to aarp.org/okindiannavigator.