Indian Health Care Resource Center Healthy Trails Camp
Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.
Indian Health Care Resource Center is an urban Indian clinic providing services to the Tulsa metro area. We are seeing high numbers of childhood obesity cases, as is typical of most Indian clinics. In our youth ages 5 - 12, 30% are above the 85th percentile on BMI for age. Of the youth ages 13 - 18, 35% are above the 85th percentile on BMI for age. Based on this need, we have established several youth programs designed to combat the childhood obesity problem in hopes of reducing future cases of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
There were four sessions of Healthy Trails Camp for grades 1 - 6, held at Addams Elementary School during the months of June & July, 2007. The camp focused on the CATCH curriculum, healthy reading programs, and experiential learning games. It is all about making healthy choices for life.
At camp, the kids are able to work in a garden and grow many different foods. The spring break campers at Addams Elementary planted a garden and tended it through the spring. Then the summer camp participants took over the garden, and harvested & taste-tested everything they grew. This exposed the kids to a variety of vegetables & provides them with opportunities to taste new foods.
Participants were taught about diabetes and had reading sessions that utilized books about various health topics, including the Eagle book series, about diabetes prevention. The series of four books discuss the effects of diabetes and ways of preventing diabetes.
Participants enjoyed a wide variety of physical activities including CATCH activities and experiential learning games & activities. A healthy lunch and snack were provided.
Cardiovascular Disease , Diabetes
Name: Nancy O’Banion
Site or Location Name: Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa
550 S. Peoria
Tulsa, OK 74120