Native American communities suffer disproportionately from a range of negative health outcomes. The increases in cardiovascular disease and diabetes parallel lifestyle effects of obesity, inactivity, alcohol abuse and smoking. Increasingly, Type 2 diabetes is occurring in Native American youth during their elementary school years. Almost 40 percent of Native American youth (compared with 20 percent of all American children) are obese. However, Native American youth are aware of these health problems in their communities and have identified health as one of their top concerns. The purpose of this project is to mobilize that concern by supporting five youth-led pilot projects with local Tribal Youth Councils to assist them in developing community-wide active living programs. The program will provide mini-grants to local councils, will support technical assistance to design and conduct their initiatives and will document the strategies for dissemination. This project will be considered successful if at least two of the Youth Councils create and implement a sustainable community-wide campaign that engages elders and families in active living.
Amount Awarded $436,000.00
Awarded on: 2/26/2001
Time frame: 3/1/2001 - 12/31/2004
Grant Number: 35893