Together Raising Awareness of Indian Life
The Lame Deer Boys & Girls Club has joined the Indian Health Services' movement: On the T.R.A.I.L. to Diabetes Prevention.
Over the last 10 years, T.R.A.I.L. has expanded to serve multiple communities to reach over 12,000 American Indian or Alaskan Native youth ages 7 to 11.
With the assistance from the grantor, IHS, we plan to deliver T.R.A.I.L., an innovative educational, nutritional, and physical activity program aimed at reducing the onset of type 2 diabetes and other diseases among Native youth. Each Club is given comprehensive training, clear direction, technical assistance, follow-up support, and tools to track and evaluate progress.
Promoting Healthy Native Youth through Boys & Girls Clubs:
The T.R.A.I.L. program addresses the following behaviors through a number of sequenced learning modules:
Promotes physical activity and challenges youth to reach fitness goals;
Advances good nutrition, including healthy meal and snack planning, develops media literacy, comprehension of labels and food groups, and recognizes lifestyle changes for Native peoples;
Comprehension of diabetes, including related issues, complications, and prevention strategies;
Encourages self-respect and self-worth in order to support making healthy choices and reducing risk behaviors such as inactivity, poor eating habits, and tobacco and substance use;
Comprehension of the merits and benefits of teamwork and involvement in service to your community;
In partnership with others, increases healthy habits and well-being among family and community members through activities that support a healthy community.
Recruiting participants now!
The Lame Deer Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northern Cheyenne Nation is actively recruiting participants now. In order to participate in the program, the child must be an active member of the club. Applications are available upon request.
See PDF documents above for more information on T.R.A.I.L.
Tentative Dates of Program:
The 12 to 15 week program will begin in March and continue until mid-June. The program will be run three times a week, so we ask that those who sign up, be aware that consistency is key to a successful program. T.R.A.I.L. will include weekly fitness challenges, daily physical activities and healthy snack, two food demonstrations, and one community event.
Chapter 1: Respecting Our Circle
Chapter 2: About Me, My Health, and Being Part of a Team
Chapter 3: Past and Present
Chapter 4: My Body
Chapter 5: Rainbow Food Groups
Chapter 6: MyPlate
Chapter 7: Media Messages
Chapter 8: Learning About the Food We Eat
Chapter 9: Healthy Chefs
Chapter 10: Where does my Food Come From?
Chapter 11: Serving and Sharing with My Community
Chapter 12: Reflecting on My Journey
To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.