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Native Youth Talking Circles for Childhood Obesity

Prevention in American Indian/Alaska Native Youth

Native Youth Talking Circles Report (PDF)

Project Description:

The NIHB facilitated a series of Youth Focus Groups/Talking Circles (YTC) comprised of AI/AN youth, ages 13 to 17, in approximately 5 regions of the country to provide a youth perspective towards the development of a successful childhood obesity prevention strategy. The YTCs will educate NIHB and other partner organizations on how resources and expertise can be used to impact childhood obesity.

The YTC Meetings will be used to discuss:
  • Changes in build environment of both rural and urban settings appropriate for youth.
  • Changes in policy regarding nutrition in both schools and community stores appropriate for youth.
  • Social networking targeted at generative youth discussion about healthy eating and active living.
  • Potential partners in the media that appeal to youth and could be used in a nationwide campaign.

YTC Meetings:

Sioux Falls, SD at NIHB 27th Annual Consumer Conference
September 23, 2010

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan/Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians
September 29, 2010

Tucson, Arizona/Pascua Yaqui Tribe
August 8, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska at the 1st Annual Native Youth Track held during the NIHB 28th Annual Consumer Conference
September 25-27, 2011

Public Health Inquiries:

Tyler Dougherty, MPH
Director of Public Health Policy and Programs

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Phone: 202-922-0100
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]