Anadarko UNITY Youth Council: "Healthy Heroes Spread the Word"

Celebrating fitness: Tribal youth-led promotion of active living

Healthy Heroes is the Celebrate Native Health project designed by the Anadarko UNITY Youth Council. Launched in 2006, the youth council is housed in the Indian Education Department of the Anadarko Public Schools. The surrounding region is home to seven Native American tribes, and 80 percent of the student population is of Native origin.

After receiving a Celebrate Native Health grant, the youth council faced the daunting task of designing a project. The young people took the lead on the planning from the beginning. "The whole purpose was that the kids should be the ones to develop this," said David Sullivan, adult advisor to the youth council. "Our job was to help facilitate, pull out their ideas, get them to work together."