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HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE

Resources

Governments/Policymakers

Indian Health Service Strategic Plan 2006–2011.
The IHS Strategic Planning Workgroup, a diverse group of Indian health stakeholders, developed the IHS Strategic Plan [PDF – 3.7 MB] to leverage the strategic plan of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the President’s Management Agenda.

Tools for Healthy Tribes.
The American Indian Healthy Eating Project worked with seven Tribes in North Carolina to create Tools for Healthy Tribes [PDF – 4.5 MB], a policy toolkit providing tools and lessons learned about tribally owned community gardens and farmers markets, healthful food and beverage options for powwows, tribal store and vending machine initiatives, and healthy family activities.

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
Limiting TV and other media use, encouraging infants and young children in preschool and child care to spend more time in physically active play, and requiring child care providers to promote healthy sleeping practices are some of the actions needed to curb high rates of obesity among young children (birth–age five), says this 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov . The report recommends steps that should be taken by child care centers, preschools, pediatricians’ offices, federal nutrition programs, and other facilities and programs to shape children’s activities and behaviors. Policymakers, health care providers, and child care providers can counsel and support parents in promoting healthy habits in the home, the report adds.

Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity.
Zoning restrictions on fast-food restaurants near schools and playgrounds, community policing to improve safety around public recreational sites, requirements that publicly run after-school programs limit video game and TV time, and taxes on high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and drinks are some of the strategies local government officials can use to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic in their communities, says this 2009 report from the Institute of Medicine Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov .

Early Assessment of Programs and Policies to Prevent Childhood Obesity Evaluability Assessment Synthesis Report: Local Wellness Policy.
The report Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov [PDF – 932 KB] identifies and assesses local-level programs and policies that have been implemented with apparent success to prevent obesity by improving the eating habits and physical activity levels of youth ages 3–17 years.

The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation.
The recommendations Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov [PDF – 860 KB] identify opportunities for improving our communities, encouraging healthy choices and healthy home environments, creating healthy child care settings, creating healthy schools, creating healthy work sites and mobilizing medical communities.

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity: Overweight in Children and Adolescents.
This online fact sheet Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov describes the causes of overweight in youth, assessment of growth, and tips for families on physical activity and healthful eating.

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity, 2001.
The Call to Action Report Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov outlines strategies that communities can use in helping to address the problems. These options include requiring physical education at all school grades, providing more healthy food options on school campuses, and providing safe and accessible recreational facilities for residents of all ages.
Northern Navajo Native Lifestyle Balance staff.
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