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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.

lmic goals

  • Creating a healthy start on life.
  • Developing healthy learning communities.
  • Increasing opportunities for physical activity.
  • Ensuring families have access to healthy affordable foods.
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Community Spotlight

Notah Begay III Foundation Announces 2nd round of Native Strong Promising Program Grantees

September 22, 2014

The Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) announced its second cohort of grantees selected to receive Promising Program Grants through NB3F's national initiative, Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures (Native Strong). From a competitive applicant pool comprised of tribes and Native-led organizations requesting more than $1.9 million, 11 grantees, totaling $402,294, were selected. These grants will assist Native American tribes and organizations in strengthening existing youth focused physical activity and healthy nutrition programs. For more information about the Promising Program Grants, visit the NB3 website.

St. Regis Mohawk Diabetes Center for Excellence Institute (DCEI)

People at ribbon cutting ceremony

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 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov 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.

LMIC 3rd Anniversary Event: Zuni, NM

June 16, 2014

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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.

Read about the anniversary celebration at Zuni and view photos on the Let's Move! blog Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov and the IHS Director's blog Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov.

LMIC Events

History & Growth of Coordinated School Health Programs on Navajo Nation

September 24, 2014

Brooke Holiday, Health Promotion Specialist

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