Nutrition + Fitness

To talk to a representative in our NAF Department, please call (510) 535-4460 for Oakland, or (415) 621-8051 for San Francisco.

Our Mission:  

The Nutrition and Fitness Department provides a variety of culturally-sensitive services that promote individual growth, healthy living, and disease prevention.  Our mission is to improve individual, family, and community wellness by promoting achievable lifestyle changes that meet people where they are at. 

Our Team:

We have a team of Certified Diabetes Educators and Registered Dietitians that work alongside providers, seeing patients point-of-care as well as during scheduled one-on-one visits.  Our NAF team also includes a health educator and case manager, who is here to help make sure you get the care and support you need.

Our Services:

Individual counseling for the management or prevention of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, & other nutrition-related conditions. Please call 510-535-4400 to make an appointment.

Pregnancy counseling throughout pregnancy and the post-partum period.

Community education and screening at powwows, health fairs, talking circles and other community events.

Our Classes:

NAF offers weekly classes on a variety of topics every Thursday from 12-1:00 p.m. downstairs in 7D.  Our classes include cooking demonstrations, diabetes classes, fitness classes, and guest speakers presenting on everything from traditional foods to pain management.   Just come on by any Thursday from 12-1:00 p.m. 

Food As Medicine: This is a group medical visit in which adult patients of 7D learn how to manage their cardiovascular disease thru food and nutrition. The medical visits require a six week commitment and are offered on Tuesdays from 2-5pm. Patients who have one or more of the following health conditions may qualify for Food as Medicine: Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes, Hypertension, high cholesterol, overweight, obesity, or a history of stroke. All interested individuals should contact Jessica Gutierrez to sign up. Jessica can be reached by email at or by phone at 510-535-4461. 

VeggieRx: VeggieRx is a group medical visit offered to active adult patients of Native American Health Center in Oakland. These group medical visits include eight interactive nutrition, cooking and exercise classes in which patients set a weight loss goal and learn how to enhance their health through diet and nutrition. VeggieRx is held downstairs at 2950 International Blvd on Thursdays from 4-6pm. Patients who are overweight, obese, or who have a family history of diabetes may qualify for VeggieRx.  To sign up or for more information all interested individuals should contact Jessica Gutierrez by phone at (510) 535-4461 or by email at

Our Programs: 

      EYEPACS: Through a partnership with UC Berkeley, we now have a Retinal Camera which allows us to screen patients for retinopathy, a major cause of blindness in people with diabetes and high blood pressure. 

•     PHASE: Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday.  Our medical and NAF team work together to help improve your blood pressure, cholesterol, stress, and other cardiovascular risk factors.  PHASE classes, cooking demos, and incentives are available for participants. To find out more about PHASE, click here.

Other Highlights:

Running is My High has been under NAF’s planning for over the past decade, bringing hundreds of members of the community together for a fun day of celebrating wellness and sobriety through a race around Lake Merritt.

NAF was the proud manager of Healthy Nations Wellness Center, a low-cost community gym.  HNWC provided an accessible place for Native Americans and the Fruitvale community to come to exercise, take classes, and stay healthy.  Unfortunately the gym was closed in 2010 due to lack of funding, but the spirit of exercise promotion and wellness remains.