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Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 5:00 pm

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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  • radfatty posted at 10:30 pm on Sat, Mar 16, 2013.

    radfatty Posts: 1

    I would like to recommend the free NAAFA Child Advocacy ToolkitSM (CATK) to assist you looking at programs. The total health of our nation's children is a serious responsibility.

    The NAAFA Child Advocacy Toolkit shows how Health At Every Size® takes the focus off weight and directs it to healthful eating and enjoyable movement. It addresses bullying, building positive self-image and eliminating stigmatization of large children. Additionally, the CATK lists resources available to parents and educators or caregivers for educational materials, curriculum and programming that is beneficial for all children. It can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/7ma5bml

     

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