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HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE

Resources

Schools and Programs for Youth

Children’s BMI Tool for Schools.
The Children’s BMI Tool for Schools Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is an Excel spreadsheet intended for use by school, child care, and other professionals who want to compute BMI-for-age for a group of up to 2,000 children (e.g., a school classroom or grade). This calculator computes BMI and BMI percentiles for individual children in a group using height and weight measurements, sex, date of birth, and date of measurement information. It provides a group summary of children’s BMI-for-age categories and graphs for prevalence of overweight and obesity and for prevalence of overweight and obesity by sex.

Indian Health Diabetes Best Practice:
School Health—Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity and Managing Diabetes in the School
The 2011 School Health: Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity and Managing Diabetes in the School Setting [PDF – 424 KB] provides guidance for individuals and groups seeking to promote healthy eating and physical activity behaviors, prevent overweight, prevent type 2 diabetes, and provide effective diabetes management for school-age youth (K–12) in the school setting.

My Amazing Body.
My Amazing Body is a comprehensive curriculum that meets the Head Start Performance Standards. The curriculum is specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start children with the intent to include exercise and nutrition. My Amazing Body is divided into 10 lesson plans that incorporate a weekly nutritional experience, physical activity, and teacher and parent resources. The lesson plans are divided into “Learning Circle” and “Hands-on Learning Activities.” To assist the teacher, each activity is divided into domains with measurable objectives, materials needed, and step-by-step instructions. For additional information contact the IHS Head Start Program.

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs Package.
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs Package Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is an online resource of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The program advocates physical activity programming before, during, and after the school day and includes quality physical education, school-based physical activity opportunities, school employee wellness and involvement, and family and community involvement.

Move It! And Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes School Kit.
Move It! And Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes School Kit Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov [PDF – 4.1 MB], developed by the American Indian/Alaska Native Workgroup of the National Diabetes Education Program, helps schools develop programs that promote physical activity among American Indian and Alaska Native youth. The Move It! kit includes customizable posters of youth engaging in fun physical activities, a fact sheet that can be used as a teaching aid, and sample newsletter text for school and community publications.

Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools (DETS) Curriculum.
The Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools (DETS) Curriculum for grades K–12 integrates science and Native American traditions to educate students about diabetes and its risk factors and about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in maintaining health and balance in life. The curriculum was developed by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention. Teachers can order a printed copy of the curriculum and related materials from the IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention online catalog.
An electronic version is available from the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov .
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