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The ANA Messenger: Social Development Edition

Summer 2012

Published: September 20, 2012
Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), All

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Let's Move - One Year Later

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Last year at this time, ANA staff and program specialists were learning the latest news about the First Lady’s new initiative, Let’s Move! in Indian Country. At ANA we understand that health and wellness is essential to economic and social wellbeing.  Many of the projects we support also happen to have a healthy foods or physical activity component, whether it is encouraging a return to traditional foods to combat diabetes or finding fun activities to serve at-risk youth, or expanding a language program into physical education activities, our grantees proved to us that they could make Let’s Move! a part of the important work they are already doing.  We hope you will enjoy learning about what these six communities did and get inspired to incorporate health and nutrition components into your ANA projects where possible. 

Click here to watch the First Lady talk about Let's Move In Indian Country.

The Eastern Shawnee Let’s Move! in Indian Country

We enlisted 10 children living in the ESTO Housing Complex to assist elders working in raised-bed gardens that are provided by the ANA Diabetes Prevention Program.

Activity two consisted of providing a six-week after-school physical education program for students in the Wyandotte Elementary School.  Provided healthy snacks to the children and provided nutritional information to the children. Donate all of the supplies and the school system now implements physical activity into their after school program.

Activity three was we sponsored a summer baseball and football program for elementary school-age children.  The equipment that we provided will help the baseball and football leagues for many years to come.

Chickaloon Let’s Move! in Indian Country

Ya Ne Dah Ah Day Camp July 5, 2011 through August 11, 2011. The goal of the day camp was to include the physical aspects of our culture to promote a healthier lifestyle among our people. This summer included trout fishing (C’etnełgets’) at Ravine Lake, making of birch bark baskets (K’elts’axi), construction of a fish trap (Tiz’aani), building of a steambath (Sezel), and identifying plants and berry picking (Gigi ‘unesbae).   All of the cultural activities were designed to teach youth about survival skills and how to physically live off of the land that we live on.

Riverside’s Let’s Move! in Indian Country

We collaborated with the diabetes department in hosting the Morongo Canyon walk. A total of 48 people participated in the walk. Some finished 1 mile, some 2 and a few completed the 8 miles.

Morongo tribe participated in a cycling event. Before the event tribal members received education on the importance of daily physical activity and good nutrition. Tribal members then cycled around the tribal reservation covering an average of 9 miles. 28 tribal members participated in the cycling event

We organized a night side basket ball tournament for the Fort Mohave tribe in Needles, CA. The tournament ran for 8 weeks. A total of 150 youths and adults participated in the event. This was an inter-generational activity.

The president’s 8 week challenge was done with participants from schools and different tribes. At the Chemehuevi tribe a total of 19 people participated; at Nicolet High School a total of 38 students participated; and at the Soboba tribe 30 people participated. All participants were given forms to detail their physical activities and they brought back the forms after 8 weeks. The event started with an education session about the Let’s Move initiative and the importance of physical activity for one’s health.

After funding ended for the Let’s Move the fitness specialists continued doing fitness programs in the communities. A schedule has been developed in which the fitness specialist visits different tribes doing fitness activities. Furthermore, we continue to network with Inter-Tribal Sport. These has proved to be a vital sustainability initiative as most Native youth like sports and are always willing to participate in sporting activities.

Native Village of Afognak’s Let’s Move! in Indian Country

We took two primary goals with our supplement; the first was to educate our youth on how to make healthier choices when deciding what to eat. Our second goal was to educate our campers on the health benefits of our traditional foods and how to benefit from eating our foods year round. We used the Let’s Move supplement funding to purchase a vacuum sealer and two pressure cookers, so we could incorporate activities at camp on preserving our foods in order to eat them year round. Both of these activities are easily sustainable throughout our camps. 

Niigaane Ojibwemowin Immersion Let’s Move! in Indian Country
Our first activity was to rename our project “Mamaajiidaa!”, which is a translation from English to Ojibwemowin, meaning, “Let’s Move!” A five-week long All-Sports camp was held during June and July 2011.  Activities were sponsored for students in grades 3-12 at the Bugonaygeshig and Niigaane Schools.  Activities included volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, archery, softball/baseball, and football. Activities are sustained through the further integration of Ojibwe language into the Bugonaygeshig School’s Physical Education classes and Sports programs. 

American Indian Child Resource Center Let’s Move! in Indian Country

We are delighted to offer Oakland Native youth unique adventures to help them expand their horizons, build confidence and stay healthy.  We chose activities that students have specifically limited access to and structured into our program a process of activity mastery.  So far our activities have included horseback riding, rock-climbing, kayaking, swimming, fieldtrips  and team adventures. It’s been one of our best summers yet!

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