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Community Health - Sault Tribe Health Education Services

Located in the Sault Tribe’s Community Health Department, Sault Tribe’s Health Education Services develop and implement effective health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs in order to increase the health of individuals, families, and communities across the Sault Tribe seven county service area. Health education staff focus on promoting, maintaining, and restoring the health of our community members. Health Education’s current three priority areas include:

Tobacco Free Living: Tobacco (Semma) is a sacred medicine to the Anishnaabe people, when tobacco is abused in ways such as smoking or chewing it causes serious illness and disease, even death. Health Education’s Nicotine Dependence Program provides one- on-one cessation services for individuals wishing to quit using commercial tobacco products. Health Education also focuses on reducing youth access to tobacco as well as helping create tobacco free environments.

Physical Activity: Regular physical activity is as important as good nutrition in controlling weight and living longer, healthier lives. Sault Tribe Health Education offers a variety of programs for increasing physical activity.

Health Education works with youth, in our Youth Education and Activities (YEA) program and other areas to encourage participation in fun, social, physical activities including cardio dance, basketball, relay races and other activities. These activities contribute to greater overall health and motivate youth to make healthy choices concerning exercise and wellness.

Sault Tribe Health Education collaborates with the Sault Tribe Registered Dieticians in offering the MOVE! Weight Management Program.  MOVE! encourages healthy eating behavior and increasing physical activity to reduce health risks, prevent or reverse certain diseases and improve quality of life and longevity. Health Educators offer group and one-on-one exercise prescriptions for all MOVE! participants.  MOVE! program is available to adults 18 years and older

Healthy Foods: Proper nutrition plays a vital role to an individual’s and community’s health. Health Education is working to increase access to healthy foods and beverages in our communities in a number of creative ways. Through community coalition work, Health Education partners to provide healthy cooking and preparation instruction.  Health Education also promotes use of farmers’ markets, community gardens, and hoop houses through community and school initiatives. 

For more information or to access services please contact Sault Tribe Community Health main office at (906) 632-5210.  Visit our website at

Click here to watch a PA Referral Program Video
Click here for the Physical Activity Referral Program Brochure

Locations for this service:

Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Health Center
2864 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste. Marie , MI 49783
Phone: (906) 632-5200
Fax: (906) 632-5276


Providers who perform this service:

Charlee Brissette, MS
Charlee is an educator and wellness coach with over ten years’ experience in the health and fitness industry. Her approach to holistic well-being uses a thorough understanding of teachings of the Four Directions to help individuals and communities reach their wellness potential. Her undergraduate degree is in Management of Health and Fitness, and Native American Studies. Her graduate degree is in Health Behavior and Health Education, with a concentration on Native and Indigenous Studies. Her Masters’ thesis examined Anishinaabe Adaptations to Historical Loss and Trauma. Being trauma informed, Charlee is able to help individuals identify and overcome barriers to reach their optimal well-being. When she is not working she enjoys reading, creating, watching binge-worthy TV, and being outside in any capacity – hiking, kayaking, skydiving, and riding her motorcycle.


Heather Hemming, B.S., ACSM-EP-C & CIFT
Heather Hemming is the Health Education Supervisor and the Project Coordinator of the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country and Tribal Practices and Wellness in Indian Country grants with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology from Lake Superior State University. She is also an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist and Inclusive Fitness Trainer, a Certified Lifestyle Coach and she is highly skilled in facilitating community coalitions. Heather is currently finishing her Masters in Health Administration from Louisiana State University – Shreveport. Heather, who is a Sault Tribe member and long-time tribal employee, is the PA Referral Program's lead developer. She says the program's intentions are to promote prevention, self-management, and treatment efforts among tribal members diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other chronic diseases. With more culturally appropriate programs like this, Heather would like to see the CHE team continue to work as a cohesive unit to provide the best services to Sault Tribe members. In her spare time, Heather enjoys running, playing sports, hiking, kayaking, and taking her dog Sadie for walks.


Josh Firack, ACSM EP-C, LMT
Josh Firack is a 1996 graduate of Northern Michigan University with a B.S. degree in Health and Fitness Management. Josh was first certified as a personal trainer in 1997 through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and he maintained that certification until 2014. He is well versed in many facets of the health and fitness industry, as he has experience as a personal trainer, physical therapy aid, massage therapist and exercise physiologist. Josh has also managed outpatient physical therapy clinics as well as commercial fitness centers and has been the owner of a fitness center. He has worked with individuals ranging from 13 to 97 years of age, all with different physical capacities as well as various fitness/wellness goals.


Lyndee Zeigler, B.S., ACSM-EP-C, EIM2, TTS
Lyndee Zeigler is a Community Health Educator who loves watching how cultivating a culture of wellness, rest, healthy nutrition, and physical activity can transforms lives. Lyndee has been in healthcare and wellness for five years – specializing in exercise testing and prescription, health education and health coaching, cardiac rehabilitation, tobacco cessation, and corporate employee wellness programs. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornerstone University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Biology, respectively. While attending Cornerstone University, Lyndee was a four-time national indoor qualifier and two-time national outdoor qualifier in track and field. Lyndee works primarily from the Sault Tribal Health & Human Services Center in Saint Ignace, Michigan. She is part of Nicotine Dependence Program and Physical Activity Referral Program, and helps with community outreach and the local coalition groups. In her free time, Lyndee enjoys antiquing, reading, cooking and baking, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her husband, Jason, and two puppies, Leya


Maddy Lamma
Maddy is an avid outdoor enthusiast, who brings knowledge of kinesiology and administration to her new role in Health Education. Maddy graduated from Lake Superior State University in December of 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. When asked what drew her to pursue this field she said "I knew I wanted to work with in the health field, and when I started researching what degree to pursue I came across kinesiology, what popped out at me was the more holistic approach to health kinesiology offered. I think it is important to treat the whole person, not just the symptom." She is looking forward to helping people live their healthiest and best lives by working through the Physical Activity Referral Program. She is also hoping to assist with the Nibi (Water) Program, by becoming a certified kayak instructor. Maddy is originally from Sault Ste. Marie and loves taking advantage of all the U.P. has to offer. When she's not working, she can be found on the hiking trails, kayaking or camping. She is proud to have once climbed to the highest point in the Smokey Mountains!


Physical Activity Program Staff
Back row: Charlee Brissette, Josh Firack, Lyndee Zeigler Front row: Maddy Lamma, Heather Hemming

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