The First Lady's initiative "Let’s Move in Indian Country" granted ten American Indian tribes funds totaling $193,437 to fight childhood obesity.
According to the National Child Resource Center for Tribes, grant award winners include:
- Native Village of Afognak, Alaska
Award Amount: $20,000
The project will include Let’s Move! activities as part of their summer youth camps.
- Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico
Award Amount: $20,025
The project will include Let’s Move! activities in its existing scope to build a comprehensive prevention and early intervention program that is focused on building community member awareness of, and ability to, confront challenges.
- Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc., California
Award Amount: $20,000
The project will include healthy living and healthy lifestyles of the Let’s Move! initiative in its already existing project that focuses on providing pre-marital, dating violence and communication education. The project also provides pre-marital education to pregnant and parenting adolescents.
- Yerington Paiute Tribe, Nevada
Award Amount: $19,034
This project will include Let’s Move! activities that support the development of a family/community wellness support system. The system provides prevention, intervention, referral and follow-up services to community members.
- Cornerstone Ministries, Inc., New Mexico
Award Amount: $20,001
This project will implement Let’s Move! activities in its project to increase the awareness and value of healthy families and will include activities in its training of youth workers to conduct relationship education.
- Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Award Amount: $17,490
This project will include Let’s Move! activities in its project to encourage healthy eating and exercise to reduce the rate of diabetes among elderly tribal members.
- White Earth Band of Chippewa, Minnesota
Award Amount: $19,940
This project will include Let’s Move! activities in its project to improve child well-being and social stability by providing family support services to disadvantaged parents and their children.
- The American Indian Child Resource Center, California
Award Amount: $20,000
This project will include Let’s Move! activities in its project of providing life skills training that fosters and promotes decision making, critical thinking, and independent living skills among young Native Americans living in urban environments.
- Leech Lake, Minnesota
Award Amount: $19,999
This project will include Let’s Move! activities in its project to increase relevant academic and cultural content for an intensive in-service training for teachers.
- Chickaloon Native Village, Alaska
Award Amount: $16,948
By using a youth-based mentoring activity, this project will include Let’s Move! activities.
The Yerington Paiute Tribe (YPT) received $19,034, and has already begun expanding its youth program "Protecting You, Protecting Me," aimed at preventing drug and alcohol abuse among students in grades 1-5.
"It's important to get to those kids before they develop their own ideas about drug and alcohol abuse," Andy Romena, YPT's Healthy Families Project coordinator, told RGJ.com.
The tribe is also putting the money toward building a fitness path near its tribal administration office and purchasing golf clubs and equipment, Romena told RGJ.com. The tribe aims to introduce youth to the game of golf. Romena planned to take five tribal youths to play a round yesterday afternoon.
"I wanted to get something that would last, not just something that would be gone all in one shot," Romena told RGJ.com.
Grant money will also cover the costs of the tribe's hoop house used to grow vegetables and teach children about healthy nutrition, RGJ.com reported.
First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move in Indian Country" initiative launched in May 2011. “We’re going to try to make sure that all you kids grow up healthy, knowing what to eat, knowing how to exercise,” Mrs. Obama told Indian children at a June 3 ceremony at the White House South Lawn. “It’s a whole initiative to work with people all across the country to think about how we eat and how we move our bodies so that you guys grow up healthy and strong and able to do well in school and be successful in life. That’s what the whole ‘Let’s Move’ effort is about.”
To join the "Let's Move in Indian Country" initiative, tribes and organizations can submit commitments to firstname.lastname@example.org, describing the plan, timeline, and actions being taken to create healthier communities. Visit www.letsmove.gov/indiancountry for helpful tips and the Let's Move toolkit.