2017 National Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Conference Welcomes You

This one-of-a-kind conference promises to be a highly engaging, interactive and motivating event.  Held at the beautiful Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, attendees will learn new and exciting ways to enhance their youth and community’s health and fitness. Network with and learn from tribal & Native experts, organizations and communities working to improve the health and physical activity of Native American children.  See what they are doing. Take home tips, knowledge and inspiration for your work. Together we will ensure Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! 


  •  Inspire, motivate, energize and celebrate participants working in Native children’s health and physical activity.
  •  Advance knowledge and practices to prevent Native childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  •  Foster dialogue, encourage partnerships and build networks among conference participants. 
 Deadline to register is April 14

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 -Youth, teachers, nutritionists, coaches, youth workers, program directors, elders, etc. are all encouraged to attend. Reduced rate for students/youth under 21 years old and elders 62+ years old.

-No refunds

 -Hotel rooms can be booked at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino at a special rate of $89.00 + tax (April 24th – 27th). A special rate code & hotel details will be emailed to you after confirming your registration for the conference. 




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Wednesday, April 26

7:30 | Breakfast and Registration


8:00 | Opening Prayer and Welcome


Breakout Sessions

Get Kids Moving!

Interactive sessions that showcase youth focused physical activity programming and hands-on activities.

A. NB3FIT Curriculum: NB3FIT Jr. Golf Coaches

The NB3FIT Junior golf program is committed to shaping the lives of American Indian children by teaching them the fundamentals of golf.  The program focuses on leadership and nutrition education along with the elements of integrity, respect and perseverance. Participants are also exposed to a system of “core values” which provides them with a positive platform as they develop into responsible citizens.  Through the leadership of our founder, Notah Begay III, the NB3F Junior golf program provides Native American youth an opportunity to become successful leaders in their families and communities.

B. Traditional Games: Thosh Collins and Chelsey Luger, Well for Culture

Well For Culture is an indigenous health initiative made up of an alliance of like-minded Indigenous people from many Nations who strive to lead healthy lifestyles. We recognize the importance of being physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually sound. We promote healthy lifestyles, indigenous food systems, modern and indigenous physical movement and mental-spiritual connectedness because we strongly believe that strong tribal Nations are built by strong individuals. Our breakout session will consist of a exploring unconventional movement patterns and indigenous movement practices. We will share information about how physical movement not only enhances our physical well-being, but it enhances brain cognition and empowers emotional-spiritual rootedness.

C. Sports-Based Youth Development: Introduction to Vital Coaching Skills: Dre De La Peza, Senior Training Manager, UP2US Sports

In this session attendees will practice research-based coaching skills that promote player engagement and social interaction, and increase confidence and self-efficacy. Coaches will walk away with new games and tools they can immediately apply with their programs. Our session outlines practical strategies for all youth practitioners and can be applied to a wide range of activities, ages, and contexts.

After each Up2Us Sports 50-minute training session, coaches will be able to:

Conduct a “How did you do that?” interview as a way to promote process-driven growth and learning.

Give TLC (Tell-Label-Celebrate) praise as a way to intentionally improve player self-confidence.

Understand the research behind practicing positive traditions.

Explain the rules to at least two new active and fun games back to their program and practices.


12:30 | Lunch


Breakout Sessions

Healthy Eating and Nutrition for Kids

Interactive sessions that highlight nutrition programming and how communities are increasing access to healthy and affordable foods.

A. NB3FIT Nutrition Curriculum: Autumn Quiver, NB3FIT Health and Nutrition Coordinator, Chra’peh Nutrition Pilot Program

Developed by the Notah Begay III Foundation, the Chra’peh Nutrition Pilot Program is a curriculum with 14 lessons that are hands-on, activity rich, and provides general nutrition education messaging. The program can be used in a variety of settings, including after-school, sports-based, and summer programs. The main purpose of the Chra’peh Nutrition Pilot Program is to provide children and youth, grades K through 8th, with fun, hands-on experience with healthy snack making and tasting. Each lesson includes interactive team-based games and a snack recipe activity using a variety of healthy food items. Because each lesson includes food handling, the NB3 foundation recommends that organizations and facilitators implementing this program complete a food handler’s certification course in order to learn about food borne illness and food safety procedures. The program was originally developed for the San Felipe Pueblo beginning in Fall 2013. The program name, Chra’peh, is in keres, the language of the San Felipe Pueblo, and translates to “Eat!” in the English language. The Chra’peh Nutrition Pilot program continues to be piloted and evaluated in San Felipe Pueblo Settings. Because the program is still in the pilot phase, modifications will continue to be made based on participant and facilitator feedback. The NB3 Foundation would appreciate feedback from other organizations and facilitators that implement this curriculum. The NB3 Foundation will provide pre and post surveys to organizations implementing the Chra’peh Nutrition Program, so that the facilitators may provide feedback about the program.

B. Indigenous Food Sovereignty and the Reclaiming of Native American Ancestral Foods for Health and Wellness: Dr. Lois Ellen Frank, Native American Chef

This presentation will define four historic periods in the history of Naive American cuisine. Participants will learn why we eat some foods that are considered to be traditional foods and how they were introduced into our Native communities. You will learn how reclaiming our Ancestral Native American foods can be a key to health and wellness. This initiative is part of a larger food sovereignty movement in which native communities all over the United States have begun to eat the foods their ancestors ate, in essence eating our heritage, and this movement has helped communities return to an ancestral diet that i best suited for our well being. Not only does this return to an Ancestral diet revitalize everything associated the traditional footways we reclaim, but it also revitalizes all of the cultural processes surrounding these foodways. 

C. Community Garden: Clayton Harvey, Ndee Bikiyaa Farm, White Mountain Apache

Ndée Bíkíyáą, The People’s Farm is a sustainable farming project going in to its fifth (5th) year of operation. We have committed 24 acres to the cultivation of fruits and vegetables in means of garden beds, orchards and cornfields.
A shift away from agriculture among the White Mountain Apache has led to an erosion of cultural identity and epidemic health issues, especially diabetes and obesity.

D. Navajo Fruit & Vegetable Prescription (FVRx): Building Clinic-Community Linkages to Increase Healthy Food Access: COPE- Abigail and Dayna

On Navajo Nation, where diet-related illnesses are at epidemic levels, the Navajo Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) Program offers an innovative solution. By empowering healthcare providers to be able to write a prescription for produce, while simultaneously partnering with local retailers to increase monetary and geographic access points to healthy food for families, FVRx helps to eliminate food insecurity and reclaim traditional ways of eating. Amongst program participants who completed the program, 83% increased their consumption of Fruits and Vegetables; and 33% moved from an overweight to a healthy weight BMI. Additionally, $58,901 have been directed towards Navajo-owned stores to fuel economic development across Navajo Nation. This session will provide an overview of FVRx, program impact, and its potential for scale and adaptation to other tribal communities.


5:00 | Networking Reception


Thursday, April 27

7:30 | Breakfast


Welcome and Reflections


Breakout Sessions

Organizing Communities Towards a Healthy Future!

Interactive sessions on community organizing, social media and collaborative relationships to help improve the health of Native children. 

A. Walking the Traditional Path to Healthy Native Communities: Judith LeBlanc, Director, Native Organizers Alliance

What does it take to make transformational health policy changes possible? An engaged and educated community! This workshop will explore how to be more effective in involving Native communities in advocating on their own behalf.

B. Community-based Marketing: Ben Calabaza, IRoots Media, LLC

Participants will learn how to create effective marketing strategies that target their specific communities.  Participants will be exposed to IRoots Media’s creative process through hands-on projects and group activities.

C. Site Visit- Nambe Farms: George Toya, Pueblo of Nambe Farm Manager

Participants will learn more about how the Pueblo is embracing health through nutrition, physical activity and economic development. George Toya, an artist, business owner, talent manager and farmer, will take our guests on a tour to share more about the impact the Farm is having on the community. He will discuss how the community (especially the Nambé youth) are being engaged in learning traditional and contemporary farming techniques, the names of plants in the Tewa language and how to supplement their diet with healthy food items.  Participants will visit the two acre community garden, hoop house and a short hike up to Nambé Falls.  The community visit will take place during the Thursday morning session of the conference from 8:30am- 12:00pm.


12:15 | Lunch


Session 7: 

Indigenous Knowledge  to Improve Health

Interactive sessions that promote indigenous foods and medicine in building healthy communities and children.

A. Indigenous Food and Wellness: Challenges to Enduring Knowledge and Practices: Keres Children’s Learning Center Elder Panel- Trisha Moquino, Marie Cordero, Anita Suina

Indigenous peoples created systems of knowledge around food, land, seasons, socializing children, and an overall holistic way of being in the natural world. The people closest to that knowledge that inherited the passing of that knowledge are our elders. In this panel of elder women, we will revisit that traditional knowledge around food (healthy nutrition by our standards) and physical movement with regard to the question: what has endured and what are the challenges the elders on this panel have faced. 

B. Systematic Approach to Community Wellness: Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation

The session will present Thunder Valleys CDC systematic approach to creating a healthy regenerative community through 7 initiatives of development. These initiatives make up the Ecosystem of Opportunity as a strategy for increasing health and wellbeing.

C. Lower Sioux Indian Community: Achieving Wicozani in Lower Sioux Community

Wicozani, or whole health, can only be achieved by looking at all areas of health – mind, body, spirit. To be healthy means more than going to a doctor to fix our problems. We must look at preventative efforts to sustain our generations to come. The Lower Sioux Indian Community has formed a comprehensive committee, the Lower Sioux Health and Human Services Advisory Committee, to tackle the issues we are currently facing on and near our reservation. The LSHHSAC has since enacted a healthy and indigenous foods policy that has been able to make great changes throughout the community. Access to healthy foods, commercial tobacco prevention and keeping our sacred tobacco traditions, and physical activity are the main issues the committee is focusing on.


General Session

A. Health Today from a Youth Perspective: Kyle Montoya, Mikhala Murphy Clah, Michael Tenorio


3:30 | Adjourn


Registration Now Open for Local Arts & Crafts Vendors & Business/Nonprofit Booths!

This conference is a great opportunity for artists to display and sell their work, as well as for businesses and nonprofits to reach out to those interested in health and wellness.

Business/Nonprofit Booths – $250.00 (includes 1 table and 2 chairs); Business/Nonprofit Booth FAQ

Local Arts & Crafts Vendors – (SOLD OUT)  Vendor FAQ

Due to limited number of outlets, electricity privileges will be prioritized for Business/Nonprofit Booths

Payment can be made here 

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