Leech Lake Special Diabetes
Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.
Many American Indians have experienced drastic lifestyle and cultural changes and have adopted a “westernized” lifestyle characterized with a diet high in fat and sugar with a change to sedentary lifestyles. The combination of these foods and activity changes along with genetic factors has resulted in high rates of diabetes and obesity. As many of us know it is all about education, so we have incorporated the “Just Move It” campaign into schools in our area that includes the W.O.L.F. (Work Out Low Fat) curriculum which teaches the children (K-5) as well as adults about diet and exercise. We have incorporated techniques focused on prevention offering individual and group programs in a variety of settings but mainly in the school atmosphere. One of the schools we work with is culturally grounded and our main focus towards nutrition is going back to our cultural foods. A diet low in fat and high in protein. We are providing programs that emphasize learning lifetime skills for a healthy diet and increased physical activity. To gauge our success we are measuring all that are participating with a mini screen of height, weight, waist circumference, flexibility, blood pressure, fasting glucose/cholesterol and resting heart rate with a step-test. With this mini screen we identify at risk individuals and refer them to clinic.
Leech Lake Special Diabetes has undertaken many challenges by incorporating fresh and new ideas with an approach to the “prevention” of diabetes. This program promotes weight loss through a coordinated effort of exercise, nutrition and education with our Registered Dieticians. Participants must sign up to be mini screened with height, weight, waist circumference, flexibility, blood pressure, fasting glucose/cholesterol and resting heart rate with a step-test.
Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly
Clinic/Health Center, Hospital, Home, School, Work site, Other:
Diabetes , Nutrition
Name: Jody DeVault
Site or Location Name: Leech Lake Specials Diabetes
119 Aspen Ave. (HWY) 371)
Cass Lake, MN 56633