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Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club attend national diabetes prevention training

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The Red Lake Nation Boys & Girls Club has participated in three days of national training in Catoosa, Okla., for the development and implementation of the Club's Diabetes Prevention Program.

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The Indian Health Service, National Congress of American Indians, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Nike Inc. have partnered to create a program aimed at reducing the onset of diabetes among Native American youth.

The program, On the TRAIL (Together Raising Awareness for Indian Life) to Diabetes Prevention, is a combination of physical, educational and nutritional activities that promote healthy lifestyles. TRAIL is a 12-week program that provides youth with a comprehensive understanding of healthy lifestyles aimed at helping to prevent diabetes.

The Boys & Girls Club was one of 40 grant recipients to participate in the initiative. Members draw from Tribal traditions and history to learn about nutrition, food choices and the impact of diabetes. They then apply decision-making and goal-setting skills in the Physical Activity Challenge and engage in service projects to improve healthy lifestyles in their communities. Woven throughout the program are self-esteem and prevention activities; community and family involvement is encouraged.

For details, visit the club or call Victoria White at 218-679-2556.

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