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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Brad Mouse, Sequoyah High School senior, recently signed
a letter of intent to run track and cross country at Haskell Indian Nations
University in Lawrence, Kan.

"We're very excited to have him at Haskell," said Al Gipp, track coach at
Haskell. "He's going to be an impact runner right away."

Mouse, 18, of Moody is the son of Pat and Joe Mouse. He has been an
All-State runner for two years in a row and his team has qualified for the
state competition every year that he has been at SHS.

"We're looking forward to having Brad on the team and continuing our
tradition with Sequoyah High School and Haskell," said Dwight Pickering,
athletic director at Haskell, who is also an alumnus of Sequoyah High

"I want to thank my coaches," Mouse said. "They were the ones who really
got me focused on running. They pushed me and made me better in school, so
that I could do this."


PHOENIX - National and local Native American leaders gathered in Phoenix to
tip-off the 2nd Annual Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI), a
youth tournament hosted by the Phoenix Suns.

While in Phoenix, tribal leaders, including National Congress of American
Indians President Tex Hall, National Indian Gaming Association President
Ernie Stevens, and Nike Native American business, Sam McCracken engaged in
the promotion of the event and attended the Phoenix Suns v. Denver Nuggets
game on April 7. "This is a great way for all the leaders to support the
youth in their communities and get excited about this summer's event," said
GinaMarie Scarpa-Mabry, managing partner of POD Productions, producers of

The tournament, which will play its championship games on July 24 at
America West Arena, will feature 48 teams of Native American high school
student-athletes, male and female from throughout the U.S. and Canada,
allowing them an exclusive stage before college scouts. NABI 2003, which
debuted last July, created opportunities for four Native American students
to receive college athletic scholarships. In addition, the event gave
tribal leaders the opportunity to expand contact with local and national
business leaders.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit the NABI Foundation, whose mission is
to create a college mentoring program for Native American college students.

For information about the tournament, team participation, sponsorship
opportunities and the NABI Foundation, call (602) 265-2770 or visit


Obesity is fast becoming a leading cause of death in the United States,
according to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control.
Deaths attributed to poor diet and physical inactivity have gone up 25
percent in 10 years, rising to 400,000 deaths a year in 2000. In fact, the
CDC predicts that these factors will soon overtake tobacco use as the
leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

"These shocking findings are going to act as a wake-up call to many
Americans," predicted Andrew Flach, author of "Walk The Weight Away."

"Alarms about the dangers of poor diet and physical inactivity have been
going off for a while now, but this is a study that says it in clear terms:
living your life this way can kill you."

Changing lifestyle habits may seem difficult to many, but Flach explains
that there are simple things people can do to improve their health. "Many
people know that they need to be active but simply don't know how to
begin," he said. "In fact, many people have told me that they feel too
embarrassed to join a gym because they're not fit enough. But there are
plenty of ways you can incorporate fitness into your everyday life, even if
you haven't exercised in years."

Flach has these simple suggestions for people who want to start leading a
healthier life today:

Start at your own pace

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If it's been a while since you exercised, starting a big fitness program
can seem impossible. Remember that it's all right to start small. Little
things like taking the stairs or parking farther away when you go to the
store are great ways to get more exercise into your day. The more often you
Use your body, the closer you'll get to having the confidence and stamina
to start a workout program.

Small steps can take you a long way

Walking is a great exercise for weight loss and fitness. It's the most
natural of all exercises, something we've been doing ever since we were
toddlers. And the best part? It's free. Starting a walking group with
friends is a great way to stay motivated. You can cheer each other's
progress and use the time to catch up on each other's lives.

Spice up mealtime

Healthy food doesn't have to be flavorless. By keeping a large variety of
herbs and spices on hand, you can liven up any meal. Experiment with adding
zesty spices to your favorite healthy recipes, which will reduce your urge
to add butter and other fats for flavor.

Can the soda and save the calories

Sugar-rich soda adds useless calories to your diet. Just drinking water
rather than soda can reduce your calorie intake by as much as 300 - 500
calories per day. That's a pound of fat weight per week you can lose

Have confidence in your plans

Don't let past failures stand in the way of a healthy future. No matter
what your past experiences with diet and exercise have been, you are
capable of tremendous change. And remember not to give up if you miss a
workout or slip up on your diet: just consider it a temporary setback and
get right back on track the next day.


OKLAHOMA CITY - Thanks to a $1.4 million National Institutes of Health
grant, OU Children's Physicians Diabetes Center now will be testing three
new treatment regimens for the growing number of Oklahoma children with
Type 2 diabetes. Over the past 10 years, Type 2 diabetes has become
increasingly common in young adults and children. Oklahoma has one of the
highest incidence rates in the nation.

Kenneth Copeland, M.D., OU Children's Physicians pediatric endocrinologist,
was awarded the grant. He will be evaluating the effects of diabetes
medications with and without intensive lifestyle intervention in young
people 10 to 17 years of age.

The grant "Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth"
(TODAY) is sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive
and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The $1.4 million grant is for the first of a five-year project, expected to
result in a total award of $4 million to $6 million dollars.

The research project is being conducted at 12 sites nationally. In
Oklahoma, the study will initially be conducted at the OU Children's
Diabetes Center, and at three Native American health centers: the Little
Axe Health Clinic affiliated with the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, the Carl
Albert Indian Health Facility in Ada, affiliated with the Chickasaw Nation
and the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina. Although the trial
is open to every child with Type 2 diabetes in the state of Oklahoma,
regardless of ethnic background, Native American children are especially
targeted for evaluation due to high rates of Type 2 diabetes. State Health
Department estimates indicate that as many as 25 percent of Oklahoma's
Native Americans have diabetes.

Children participating will receive free study-related medications,
diabetes education, laboratory tests, and doctor visits. Reimbursement for
all study-related costs as well as rewards for achieving study-related
goals will be provided. Participation in the project will be for up to
three years.

Children with diabetes either don't produce insulin or their bodies don't
effectively use the hormone, which helps convert sugar into energy. In the
state of Oklahoma, one out of three diabetes cases diagnosed in children is
Type 2, which is also referred to as adult-onset diabetes. According to
Copeland, a board-certified pediatric diabetes specialist, the problem is a
direct result of the growing number of children who are overweight and

"Type 2 diabetes has increased dramatically over the last decade," Copeland
explained. "The epidemic can be related to genetics as well as to the rise
in the number of children who are overweight and with decreased physical

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and lower
extremity amputations. It also increases the risk of heart disease.

The OU Children's Physicians Diabetes Center focuses solely on pediatric
diabetes and is located at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences
Center. The center was awarded the American Diabetes Association Education
Recognition Award for its diabetes self-management program.

For more information about the study, call (405) 271-7755 or (800)