Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, Sept. 28

Summer's end heats up
Annual chili cook-off to be featured at Navajo Nation Fair

Yolanda Ellis, a nutritionist with Navajo Nation Special Project, will coordinate the annual Chili Cook-off at the Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock on Sept 11.

Yolanda Ellis, a nutritionist with Navajo Nation Special Project, will coordinate the annual Chili Cook-off at the Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock on Sept 11.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project (NNSDP) will be hosting the Fifth Annual Navajo Nation Chili Cook-off as part of the 63rd Annual Navajo Nation Fair on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Hazel Yazza Pavilion on the Navajo Nation Fair Grounds.

"The Purpose of the chili cook off is to promote healthy lifestyle changes in the prevention of Type II diabetes among the Navajo people through community based activities like fitness, health education and healthy cooking practices that include food preparation, safety and sanitation practices in the home as well as at public events or family gatherings," said Yolanda Ellis, NNSDP nutritionist and coordinator of the chili cook off.

Ellis said that the chili cook off is a demonstration of healthy cooking in a public environment with emphasis on sanitary practices, but that does not take away from the preparation and cooking of chili dishes and salsa.

Ellis said that the cook off will get under way at 10 a.m. and contestants should come early to register.

The contestants need to submit an application available from Ellis' office in Fort Defiance or fill one out on the day of the contest. Ellis also stated that all contestants need to submit a copy of a valid food handler's permit.

She said that each contestant would be given an apron and a hairnet, which must be worn during the contest. Contestants cannot wear jewelry (necklace, bracelets, earrings, or rings) or flammable clothing.

Ellis added that absolutely no children are allowed in the cooking area and that all contestants need to bring their own ingredients and cooking utensils.

Applications and more information is available from Yolanda Ellis at (928) 207-6459 or (928) 729-4497. Her email address is y.ellis@nnsdp.org

Mail entries will be accepted until Sept. 10. Entries may be mailed to P.O. Box 1610; Fort Defiance, AZ 86504 or fax to (928) 729-4505. Entries may also be e-mailed to e.mego@nnsdp.org or y.ellis@nnsdp.org.

The schedule and agenda will include Set up/Registration, Invocation, Orientation Judges, Contestant's Orientation; Session One Chili Cook Off (Introductions of Participants; Start-Session One Chili Cook Off); Welcome Address; Introduction; Purpose of Chili Cook-Off; Entertainment; Health Screening; Physical Activity; Keynote Speakers; Presentations: What is Diabetes? Body Mass Index, Navajo Traditional Foods, Fiber, Servings Size, Fats/Oil; Judges Results; and, Awards Presentation and Benediction.

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