Let's Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) seeks to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native children, who are affected by childhood obesity at some of the highest rates in the country. Tribal governments, Urban Indian Centers, private businesses, youth leaders, and the non-profit sector are each asked to play a key role by working together to raise the next generation of healthy Native children.
LMIC seeks to acknowledge and advance the work that Tribal leadership and community members are already doing to improve the health of Native youth.
On February 12, 2014, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe of Akwesasne, New York, celebrated the grand opening of its Diabetes Center for Excellence (DCE). The project was supported by a variety of federal agencies and local partners such as the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, the Akwesasne Housing Authority, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and USDA Rural Development. USDA Rural Development provided $515,880 through its Community Facilities Program for construction of the new center. DCE staff also raised funds for the project through bake sales, cook-offs, golf tournaments and other community events. The center, located on the Saint Regis Mohawk Reservation in Franklin County, will help improve the health and wellness of the Akwesasne community, providing specialized services for diabetes prevention and management.
June 16, 2014
LMIC celebrated its third anniversary at the Pueblo of Zuni in New Mexico. The celebration included the opening of the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project summer camp, a lunch at the Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center, and youth soccer activities.