The Mescalero Apache Tribe is one of four New Mexico tribal communities that will be involved in a federally funded program aimed at reducing childhood obesity.
The New Mexico Department of Health said the four Native American communities, along with 10 New Mexico counties, were selected to be part of Healthy Kids New Mexico, based on a number of factors, including population, health status, poverty, and racial and ethnic diversity. Readiness to implement prevention programs also was a deciding factor. Healthy Kids New Mexico includes partnerships with state agencies such as the Children, Youth and Families Department, the Public Education Department, and local schools, municipalities and community organizations.
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