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Gallup Indian Medical Center Health Promotion Community Nutrition Lifestyle Balance Program

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

Description:
The Gallup Indian Medical Center (GIMC) Hospital Lifestyle Balance (LSB) Program branched out and was started at two Gallup Service Unit Schools. The Community LSB (CLBS) is a 20 week weight loss program that was taught by the Public Health Nutritionist; Alvera Enote, RD and Recreation Specialist, Colleen Hoskie.

Obesity and overweight is a major risk factor in the development of diabetes and other lifestyle related health problems. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) showed that lifestyle changes effectively decreased the development of Type 2 diabetes; therefore, the DPP 16-lesson core curriculum was used to implement the lifestyle intervention. Lessons involved ways to establish healthy eating habits, low calorie, and low fat meal planning and moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking.

The Gallup Indian Medical Center (GIMC) Hospital Lifestyle Balance (LSB) Program branched out and was started at two Gallup Service Unit Schools. The Community LSB (CLBS) is a 20 week weight loss program that was taught by the Public Health Nutritionist; Alvera Enote, RD and Recreation Specialist, Colleen Hoskie.

Obesity and overweight is a major risk factor in the development of diabetes and other lifestyle related health problems. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) showed that lifestyle changes effectively decreased the development of Type 2 diabetes; therefore, the DPP 16-lesson core curriculum was used to implement the lifestyle intervention. Lessons involved ways to establish healthy eating habits, low calorie, and low fat meal planning and moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking.

Target Audience:

Wingate Elementary School parents of Family and Children Education Program (FACE)
Group 1 January 2006-May 2006
Group 2 September 2006-February 2007

Breadsprings Elementary School Auxiliary and Faculty Staff
Group 3 September 2006-January 2007
Group 4 September 2006-January 2007

Goal Statement:

The major goal for the CLSB is to assist participants in their effort to decrease body weight, lower Body Mass Index (BMI) and to prevent diabetes, and other lifestyle related health problems.

Goals/Objective 1:

Participants were expected to decrease 7% of their body weight from their initial start weight. Weekly weight checks as well as, initial start weights, ending weights and pre and post BMI calculations were tabulated. Height measurements were taken at the start of the program.

Goals/Objective 2:

Participants were expected to gradually increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week or 30 minutes 5 days per week. Physical activity was monitored using a DIGI-WALKER 2 pedometer

Project Activities:

Nutrition Education:

Intensive nutrition education was taught and participants were given a total daily fat intake goal of 30% depending on their initial start weight. Participants kept a record of their food intake and the amount of fat grams eaten daily. This information was recorded in a Keeping Track Book.

Physical Education:

Six physical activity lessons were taught and consisted of various types of physical activity sessions like resistance training, line dancing, low impact aerobics, exercise ball, and training with weights. These lessons also included injury prevention; warm-up and cool-down stretches, correct walking technique, appropriate clothing and environmental protection during physical activity.

Participants recorded the number of steps recorded on their pedometer each day; the total numbers of steps were submitted each week. A “Walk Across America” challenge was initiated the last 15 weeks into the program. Teams were formed from each group and each team challenged each other to see who could walk the most miles. The total number of steps were converted into miles and charted across a large map of the United States. The teams who walked the most miles were awarded and recognized at the end of the program during graduation.

Age Group(s):
Adults, Elderly

Site Type(s):
Community, School, Work site

Health Indicator(s):
Diabetes , Health Education , Nutrition

Service Area:
Navajo

Keyword(s):

Name: Alvera Endnote, RD
Site or Location Name: Wingate Elementary School FACE Program Lifestyle Balance and Bread Springs Day School
Address:

Wingate, NM
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