With one of the highest obesity and chronic disease rates in United States, Native people are facing a health crisis. For many, this crisis could be controlled with alterations to their lifestyles and habits. That is why the Otoe-Missouria Health Department added a new fitness element to their preventive practices.
The tribe's fitness coordinator can help individuals achieve their fitness goals whether that is to lower their blood sugar or to lose a few pounds. The fitness coordinator can help people create a personalized physical fitness program that suites their lifestyle and current fitness level.
In addition, the fitness coordinator runs the tribe’s WELL Balance Program. WELL Balance stands for Wise Elders Living Longer. The program is for individuals how are 55 years of age and older.
Participants of the WELL Balance Program are given an individual health assessment. Then the fitness coordinator works with the elder twice a week to strengthen their muscles, which helps prevent falls and improve flexibility.
The fitness coordinator also works with the youth of the tribe through the CATCH Program. CATCH is an acronym for the Coordinated Approach To Child Health. The program is for children in kindergarten through 8th grade.
To get kids moving in the lazy days of summer, there are planned activities in the Cultural Building twice a week. Once school starts there will be an after school program as well.
Fitness assessments and training sessions are available to all members of the tribe. To make an appointment contact Shannon Andrews at 580-723-4466 ext 257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.