NativeVision™ has expanded its reach this year to develop year-round programming in three tribal communities. The communities include White Mountain Apache, Southwest Pueblos, and Haudensaunee Nation. NativeVision's year-round programs have been designed to promote four major areas of well being for Native children and families; 1) Healthy Minds, 2) Healthy Bodies, 3) Healthy Families, and 4) Healthy Communities. Each program area involves a variety of school, community and home-based outreach. A description of each program arm is provided below.
The goal of "Healthy Minds" is to promote children's intellectual development and educational achievement. Healthy Minds activities include:
workshops to train American Indian youth and teachers to design media campaigns that promote wellness and decrease high risk behaviors of Native student populations across the country;
a tutoring program to assist at risk youth to successful bridge the transition from middle to high school; and
arts and crafts projects with elders to promote self-expression and cultural pride.
The goal of "Healthy Bodies" is to increase levels of fitness for children with the aim of reducing high rates of diabetes and obesity. Strategies for achieving this goal include:
structured in-school and after-school recreation programs tha ttrack children's levels of fitness and changes in Body-Mass Index (BMI). Specific emphasis has been on developing, implementing and evaluating a 10-week experiential running curriculum spanning topics from running techniques, nutrition, history or running in native communities, traditional foods and other life skills topics;
semi-annual mini-camps conducted at each site highlighting two sports and integrating various life skills workshops at each camp;
recreational sports leagues to help kids get fit and stay out of trouble on week ends and in non school hours; and
fitness programming for adults, including specific classes for elders.
The goal of Healthy Families is to strengthen vulnerable families and improve health and life outcomes for young American Indian parents and their children. Current strategies include:
The goal of Healthy Communities is to strengthen American Indian Communities. Strategies will include:
traditional foods cooking classes that re-introduce and educate community members about traditional foods and how to prepare them;
community gardens to grow and cultivate traditional crops; and
environmental education and awareness projects to enhance the well being of the earth and ecosystem.