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Indian Health Care Resource Center IHS Children & Youth Program Pediatric Diabetes Risk Program

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. IHCRC collaborates with the Tulsa Public Schools Challenge Course to provide a summer day camp program that is designed to reduce the risk for diabetes in Native American children. A customized, culturally specific curriculum was developed that utilizes experiential learning activities Challenge Course high and low elements asset building and resiliency training. Children in grades 1 – 8 learn concepts of healthy lifestyles, including fitness, nutrition, and making positive decisions, which result in healthier life choices in the effort to prevent diabetes. Asset building and resiliency training develop the abilities that children need in order to make good choices. Parents report healthy lifestyle changes, such as children requesting that pop not be available at home. A healthy lunch and snack are provided. The camp serves over 170 at-risk children each summer, and is free to all participants.

Age Group(s):
Children, Adolescents

Site Type(s):

Health Indicator(s):
Diabetes , Physical Activity

Service Area:

Behavioral health/behavioral change, Community directed intervention, Scientific research


Name: Nancy O’Banion
Site or Location Name: Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa
550 S. Peoria
Tulsa, OK 74120
Phone: 918-382-1220