U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Indian Health Service: The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
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HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE

Resources

Communities

Physical Activity Kit (PAK): Staying on the Active Path in Native Communities … a Lifespan Approach!
The goal of the PAK is to promote age- and culture-appropriate physical activities across the lifespan in Native American communities to increase each person’s time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. The kit has been successfully received in field testing in Tribal communities.


Healthy Beverages Community Action Kit, 2006.
This community action kit [Word – 4.5 MB] is designed to help take action to increase access to healthy beverages in Tribal communities. It includes assessment forms, fact sheets, sample letters to Tribal officials, Tribal resolutions, a presentation, and over 25 web resources.


Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States.
The 24 recommended community strategies Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov [PDF – 375 KB] represent a first step that communities can use to assess local policies and environments that support healthy eating and active living.
A companion manual, “Implementation and Measurement Guide” Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov [PDF – 5.6 MB], shows how local governments can use community strategies and measures of environmental and policy change.


The Tribal School Zone Safety.
A walkable environment naturally supports children as they play, exercise, and go to school. But, pedestrian death and injury rates on Tribal roads are very high. The Tribal School Zone Safety toolkit Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov from the Office of Federal Lands Highway (U.S. Department of Transportation) has videos and publications to educate children and adults on safe walking on sidewalks, along roads and streets, at bus stops, and through parking lots. “Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident,” an 8-minute video, primarily targets AI/AN children 9 to 12 years old in classroom or community settings. “Pedestrian Safety: A New Tradition,” a 9.5-minute video produced by Tribal leaders, is geared to Tribal and community elders, parents and guardians of school-age children, school board members, policy makers, and older teens.
Sisseton-Wahpeton workplace community garden.
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