Incorporating Traditional Fitness and Indigenous Foods into Tribal Communities

The Bad River Tribe designed three curriculums to support their children’s programming in the Birch Hill Housing Community that better reflect and culturally support healthier lifestyles: Ancestral Diet Curriculums for Kids, Ancestral Eating Recipes, and Indigenized Fitness for Kids.  These curriculums could be utilized or adapted by tribal communities to incorporate traditional fitness and indigenous foods into their own programming with kids.

The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association also published an educational tool is an educational tool that aims to instill healthy eating habits and lifestyles in young children utilizing Unangan and Unangas traditional foods, language and culture. The Qaqamiigux: Head Start Traditional Foods Preschool Curriculum includes activities that engage the children, parents and community members. This curriculum could be adapted by other tribal communities to build off their own traditional and cultural foods and activities to encourage healthy eating habits and lifestyles in preschool settings.

Population of Focus: American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) Children

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Date: 2017