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Turtle Mountain Tribal Diabetes Prevention Program

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


The Turtle Mountain Reservation Tribal Diabetes Program has been screening Kindergarten through eight grades for seven years (this year we started with Head start). They are screened for Acanthosis Nigricans, weight, height and age. We write letters to the parents of the children who are at risk and we hold counseling sessions, for the families. During the summer we have four weeks of camp and invite the kids who are at risk for overweight, hypertension, diabetes and cardiac disease to come to camp. We have had a successful three years of Summer camp. Many of the children have gained strength, self esteem and lost weight during this time period. We have partnered up with the Turtle Mountain Community College, they run the activities, and the diabetes program conducts nutrition and health classes. It has been very successful three years.

Age Group(s):
Children, Adolescents

Site Type(s):
Community, School

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Service Area:


Name: Diana LaFontaine RN MSN CDE Director
Site or Location Name: Turtle Mountain Tribal Diabetes Prevention Program
P.O. Box 900
Belcourt, ND 58316
Phone: 1-701-477-0060