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Physical Activity Kit [PAK]

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

The prevalence of obesity and overweight has increased dramatically among American Indians and Alaska Native populations within the last 30 years. To address one of the modifiable risk factors that contribute to overweight and obesity, the Indian Health Service and the University of New Mexico, Prevention Research Center, partnered to increase opportunities for physical activity for all ages to develop the Physical Activity Kit [PAK] Staying on the Active Path in Native Communities… A Lifespan Approach that is designed to promote culturally appropriate physical activity for all ages through games, movement and dance. The kit contains fun and interactive physical activity breaks, modified American Indian games, and group activities for young people, adults/family and older adults and includes various levels of activity such as: strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular physical activities. The Kit was field-tested in eleven field site teams consisting of a broad range of disciplines. The feedback from the teams demonstrated that PAK was successful in promoting positive changes related to physical activity, was easy to implement, and it was fun and engaging. PAK was rolled out nationally in 2009, and over 450 individuals from across the Indian country have been trained to implement the Kit in the community, school, worksite, and elderly programs to encourage individuals of all ages to adopt an active lifestyle.

Age Group(s):
Infants, Toddlers, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly

Site Type(s):
Community, Clinic/Health Center, Home, School, Work site, Other: Elder Center, Family Events, etc.,

Health Indicator(s):
Cardiovascular Disease , Diabetes , Health Education , Physical Activity

Service Area:

Physical activity


Name: Theresa Clay
Site or Location Name: I.H.S. Albuquerque Area
5300 Homestead RD NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: 505.248.4772