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The Let's Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) initiative seeks to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children, who are affected by childhood obesity at some of the highest rates in the country. To address the health crisis that young American Indians and Alaska Natives are facing, 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.

Program goals include:
  • Creating a healthy start on life;
  • Developing healthy learning communities;
  • Increasing opportunities for physical activity; and
  • Ensuring families have access to healthy, affordable foods.

The LMIC team coordination was transitioned from the Department of Interior to the Indian Health Service (IHS), Department of Health and Human Services in 2013. The IHS established an IHS LMIC Coordinator to facilitate and coordinate interagency activities and also to facilitate implementation of the new LMIC partnership with Notah Begay III Foundation in the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The IHS LMIC Coordinator serves as a single point of contact with the Office of the First Lady's Let's Move initiative and with the interagency partners.

In November, 2013, IHS signed an MOU with the Notah Begay III Foundation to collaborate on activities related to the prevention of childhood obesity in AI/AN youth through the LMIC program. Through this MOU, LMIC team members have been providing technical assistance on their grant making process and program evaluation. To date, the LMIC team has been working on identifying relevant resources and funding opportunities across the federal government, nongovernment organizations, and academic centers.

For additional information about LMIC, please contact Gale Marshall, IHS LMIC Coordinator.