Let's Move in Indian Country Newsletter, May 2012

Let's Move in Indian Country Newletter

The First Lady's Let's Move! in Indian Country Initiative brings together federal agencies, communities, nonprofits, and corporate partners to support and advance the work that tribal leaders and community members are already doing to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native children.

American Indian Youth Off to Right Start

Let's Move in Indian Country NewletterChild care centers in Tribal communities across the country are actively engaged in the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative. Children from the Hand-in-Hand Learning Center in the Coulsa Indian Community in California, work together to tend the school’s community garden. The White Earth Childcare Program in Minnesota also strives to include cultural physical activities for youth, such as traditional powwow dancing. They have switched to using more fresh fruits and vegetables and no longer buy processed food and sodas. Small changes like these can help to ensure a healthy start on life. Photo Credit: Kim Nall


Salad Bars for Bureau of Indian Education Schools

Let's Move in Indian Country NewletterThe Sequoyah Schools in Oklahoma serve healthy meals to more than 500 Native American students and staff. Both students and staff embrace the salad bars from Let's Move! Salad Bars to Schools, which provides essential fresh fruits and vegetables for students to maintain healthy diets. The salad bars are also the perfect place to introduce students to locally grown produce as part of the Oklahoma Farm to School Program. Photo Credit: Diane Harris

Tribal Clinic Uses Native Foods to Fight Diabetes

Let's Move in Indian Country NewletterPotawot Health Village in Arcata, Calif., is a multi-tribal health clinic pursuing the link between the loss of ancestral traditional foods—such as, acorns, salmon and seaweed—and high rates of diabetes. The center contains a garden of traditional plants fed by rainwater, 20-acres of restored wetland, and a garden of native grasses used for weaving baskets. Potawot used a grant from the  CDC’s Native Diabetes Wellness Program  to develop a comprehensive Food as Medicine program, which helps to promote the idea that cultural traditions can serve as a route to healing. Potawot welcomes more than 500 children to their garden each year to learn about traditional foods and healthier eating habits. Photo Credit: Bob Weisenbach


Flathead Teens Take Up Traditional Game

Let's Move in Indian Country NewletterAlex Alviar, a teacher at Salish Kootenai College, created a lacrosse program for high school boys called “10 Sticks” on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana to engage students through a Native tradition and educate them on healthy choices. The program received grants from US Lacrosse and the Center for American Indian Community Health to lower program costs. Alviar hopes to expand the program to include students in the middle and elementary schools on the reservation. Photo Credit: Kurt Wilson/Missoulian


FACE Program Recognized at National Conference

Let's Move in Indian Country NewletterThe Bureau of Indian Education’s Family & Child Education (FACE) Program was selected to be recognized at the Let’s Move! Child Care Recognition Luncheon at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Conference, Weight of the Nation™. The event will take place May 9th in Washington, DC, to honor outstanding efforts to promote young children’s’ health and prevent childhood obesity. FACE Program Director and BIE Supervisory Education Specialist, Debbie Lente-Jojola, will accept the award on behalf of the FACE Program.


Grant Opportunities

Capacity Building Assistance to Improve Health in Tribal Populations
Due May 4

Tewaaraton Award Scholarships for Native American High School Students
Deadline Extended to May 4

Notah Begay III Foundation Soccer Grant
Due May 14

Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Childhood Obesity Prevention Program
Due June 5

Farm to Schools Grant
Due June 15

Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Due August 9

Upcoming Events

NIHB 2012 National Tribal Public Health Summit
May 30-June 1

Jim Thorpe Games
June 10-17

Summer Research Training Institute for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Professionals
June 11-29


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