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Support NB3 Foundation Youth to the National Cross Country Race in Florida

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE NOTAH BEGAY III FOUNDATION

November 28, 2017

Support NB3 Foundation Youth to the National Cross Country Race in Florida

The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation is proud to announce that 11 of the 50 NB3F XC Club runners recently qualified to compete in the USA Track & Field (USATF) National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida on December 9, 2017. We humbly ask for your support and donations to send the 11 runners to Florida. Click here to donate online.

Your donation will cover airfare (approximately $410 roundtrip per person), hotel (approximately $110 per night) and meals (approximately $60 per day) for the 11 youth runners and their parents. Your contribution is a commitment to stand alongside the NB3 Foundation as we encourage our youth to test their strengths while competing with some of the best runners in the country.

NB3F XC Club runners represent different ages and tribes from across New Mexico. Only in its second year, the XC Club has exceeded expectations and runners, coaches and families have remained committed.

“These kids have practiced three times a week and competed in races every Saturday for 14 weeks. There is no doubt they are talented and dedicated,” said Clint Begay, Director of NB3FIT. “The kids come from different communities but we are one team, and most important part of it all is that they are being active.”

Since September, the NB3F XC Club competed in eight races in New Mexico, including the NB3FIT WEEK XC Race and the Region 10 Championship in El Paso, where the current 11 runners qualified for the championship race.

“I’m really proud of all the runners. Most of them finished top 10 in almost every race this season. The national race is a huge stage and a great opportunity for these young athletes,” said Clint. “We are most thankful to families and communities where we practice. It’s a good partnership that will continue and thrive.”

The NB3F XC Club is part of the NB3FIT program that also includes soccer and golf. The XC Club is part of the USATF Region 10 New Mexico Chapter, and every youth runner is registered with an official cross country number. The cross country curriculum is an evolving piece and the team is excited to get better for next year, added Clint.

It is a long way to Florida, and most of the youth have not traveled outside of New Mexico and this trip may be their first time on a plane. Families need financial support. Please consider lending your support as the NB3 Foundation works to shape the next generation of young leaders through sport, leadership and improved health.

Thank you to friends, family and community leaders who are helping to make this trip a success!

NB3 Foundation XC Club Youth Runners
Pueblo of Jemez
Taylynn, age 7
Marius, age 12
Quinton, age 7 Pueblo of San Felipe
Christopher, age 7
Savannah, age 7
Tiyon, age 8

Pueblo of Santa Ana
Lionel, age 8
Janae, age 15
Pueblo of Sandia
Ethan, age 8
Andrew, age 7
Benjamin, age 8

For more information about the NB3F XC Club, please contact Clint Begay, Director of NB3FIT, at clint@nb3f.org or 505-867-0775, ext. 108.


NB3 Foundation Launches National Water Challenge

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NB3 Foundation Media Contact: April Hale at april@nb3f.org or 505-867-0775 or 505-728-0760

NACA Media Contact: Azella Humetewa at humetewa_a@nacaschool.org or 505-266-0992

 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—October 30, 2017—At a press conference today, the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, an advocate for Native youth health and fitness, invited tribes, communities, organizations, families and individuals to take the Zero to 60 Challenge – cutting out sugary beverages and drinking up to 60 ounces of water each day for the entire month of November.

“The Zero to 60 Challenge is a positive opportunity for Native youth, families and everyone to make healthier choices and instill healthy habits,” said NB3 Foundation President/CEO Justin Kii Huenemann. “It’s not enough to just talk about the health challenges facing our tribal families and communities, we all have to be involved in direct action opportunities, like the Zero to 60 Challenge, that inspires positive behavioral change.”

NB3 Foundation partnered with the Native American Community Academy (NACA) as a Zero to 60 Challenge site. All students and faculty will be taking the challenge and tracking their progress at the school.

“At NACA, we use a Wellness Wheel to set our goals around our health and wellbeing, which includes eating healthy, drinking more water and staying active. The Zero to 60 Challenge definitely mirrors our school’s efforts to being a healthy community,” said NACA Head of School Anpao Duta Flying Earth. “The partnership with the NB3 Foundation is a great example of community engagement and education for our Native youth.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are the leading sources of sugar in the average American diet. Soda and other SSBs can lead to weight gain, diabetes, bone loss, heart disease and poor dental health.

NB3 Foundation’s Water First! Cohort partners are also taking the challenge. The cohort is NB3 Foundation grant recipients that are advocating against SSBs and promoting drinking more water in their respective communities. The partners are: Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE), Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos, Jemez Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, STAR School, Ramah Navajo School Board, Tamaya Wellness Center and Zuni Youth Enrichment Project.

“The NB3 Foundation is happy to partner with NACA and other challenge sites across the country on this tough yet exciting challenge. Starting on November 1, the challenge is on!” added Huenemann.

Learn more about the Zero to 60 Challenge, at: http://www.nb3foundation.org/zero-to-60/.

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About the Notah Begay III Foundation
The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation is a national, award-winning Native American nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing Native American childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. The NB3 Foundation invests in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs that promote health, physical activity and nutrition, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities. We are committed to ensuring that all Native American youth live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives. Learn more about the NB3 Foundation at: www.nb3foundation.org.

About Native American Community Academy
The Native American Community Academy mission is to engage students, educators, families, and community in creating a school that will prepare our students to grow from adolescence to adulthood and begin strengthening communities by developing strong leaders who are academically prepared, secure in their identity and healthy. Learn more about NACA at: www.nacaschool.org.


Community Partner Highlight: APIA creates traditional foods head start curriculum

Octopus, Seal Garnish Alaska Native Head Start Nutrition Lesson Plan

Nonprofit creates preschool nutrition curriculum reclaiming and revitalizing Unangan
and Unangas culture through education in efforts to achieve healthier outcomes for their children.

ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Alaska _ On this small island about 300 miles southwest from the shore of mainland Alaska, an abundance of birds, crabs, reindeer, halibut, sea lion and wild plants in the past provided nutritious, hearty meals for the Aleut or Unangan people living here.

Though some of the 13 Alaska Native tribes of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands like the tribe here still rely on subsistence hunting, modern conveniences such as packaged foods have crept into the Unangan and Unangas diets resulting in unhealthy dietary habits. Rates of diabetes have soared over the years and nearly 40 percent of residents in the region are obese.

The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.(APIA) Head Start Program is addressing this health concern among families through its new Qaqamii}u{: Head Start Traditional Foods Preschool Curriculum, with lessons focusing on healthy eating and sparking interest in traditional foods.

“I’m hoping that this will bring awareness to our communities about how traditional foods have all the necessary nutrients to keep us sustained, and that tradition and our culture are very, very important. It’s vital to who we are as Aleut people or Unangan people in our region,” said Bonnie Kashevarof Mierzejek, APIA Head Start program director, who grew up on St. George eating off the island. APIA is an Anchorage-based nonprofit that assists in meeting the health and safety of the Unangan and Unangas in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands Region.

The remote, rural region is home to some of the most unique and nutritious foods in the world. The curriculum, which will be taught in four communities beginning in September, includes nutrition information on such foods as fish, kelp, marine mammals, reindeer, wild birds, and berries. Recipes include fish spread, seal pot roast, salmonberry cobbler, sea lion meatballs and kelp chips. A nutrition graphic compares the iron content in three ounces of seal meat to the same iron found in pounds of hot dogs or chicken nuggets.

“We wanted to highlight the local foods and their highly nutritious qualities, and communicate this to our younger children in a meaningful and culturally-relevant way,” said Suanne Unger, curriculum co-creator and APIA Wellness Program Coordinator.

Unger said the basis for the curriculum was to fill the gap of relevant, cultural information and highlight recipes and nutritional information about the local foods while incorporating the Unangam tunuu language (podcasts of the language can be found on the APIA website: https://www.apiai.org/community-services/traditional-foods-program/glossary-vocabulary/). While current national Head Start nutrition curricula may be applicable in Chicago or even the Navajo Nation, those in the Aleutian and Pribilof region realized that discussions on foods such as cantaloupe and broccoli weren’t quite applicable in their lessons plans since the foods weren’t grown in the region or even available in stores. 

Accompanying culturally-relevant nutrition information are activities, such as coloring a salmon, seagull or puffin, or asking a community member to talk about how animal skins were used to create kayaks and boats. Several lessons encourage asking a parent or community member to share a hunting story. The curriculum includes sample teacher letters to families discussing the next lesson and a request for donations of plants or animals to use in recipes prepared in the classroom. Parent letters also encourage participation in the classroom in activities such as teaching a traditional song or dance or helping prepare the foods.

These discussions for preschoolers and their families are vital as contemporary lifestyles and conveniences have impacted traditional ways of life. Access to affordable, fresh, nutritious, and high-quality store foods are limited while traditional local foods are right outside people’s doors.

Traditional foods have such a high nutritional value, Unger said, ‘”and because of the potential for food insecurity in the region it’s vital that people understand the importance of their local traditional foods.”

In addition to eating off the island, Kashevarof Mierzejek remembers constantly being outside growing up even in inclement weather. No TV existed so people gathered at the local movie hall for entertainment and socialization.

“Our 3- to 5-year-olds are being exposed to modern technology like video games and they stay home in front of these games, so it’s hard to get them outside. And they’re sitting there eating junk food—that certainly contributes to obesity as well,” she said. “My hope is that this book will be able to bring awareness and our children will be healthier than they ever were in the last 20 years.”

The curriculum, which was created with a one-year, $40,000 grant from the Notah Begay III Foundation, is an adaptation of a book, Qaqamii}u{: Traditional Foods and Recipes from the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands, written by Unger in 2014 compiled after she searched for a single resource guide on harvesting and cooking methods of traditional foods in the region but discovered none. The NB3 Foundation also awarded the organization an additional $5,000 for digital storytelling.

Olivia Roanhorse, NB3 Vice President of Programming, said the foundation is proud to support this Head Start curriculum as it addresses the traditional and cultural needs unique to the Unangan and Unangas. 

”We know when Native American communities take ownership of what works for them, in this case instilling healthier eating habits and lifestyles based on their values and beliefs, healthier outcomes can be achieved,” she said. “By instilling these habits and lifestyles early, APIA and their partners are creating a healthy foundation.”

For more information about the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands Association, Inc., or to view and download the free curriculum and videos on the project, go to www.apiai.org. For more information about the NB3 Foundation, go to www.nb3foundation.org.


UnitedHealthcare Becomes New Sponsoring Partner for NB3FIT WEEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                        

Media contact

Cyanne Lujan

(505) 867-0775

 cyanne@nb3f.org

 

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. (July 31, 2017) − NB3FIT WEEK announces that UnitedHealthcare is a Gold Sponsor of NB3FIT WEEK to help support the health and fitness of Native American children across the country. As a Gold Sponsor, UnitedHealthcare will help make NB3FIT WEEK the largest national Native youth health and fitness event in the country. Together, UnitedHealthcare and NB3FIT WEEK will reach their goal of engaging over 12,000 Native American youth in health and physical activity nationwide during the week of Nov. 5-11, 2017.

“We are honored that UnitedHealthcare is going to be one of our partners in engaging Native youth about the importance of physical activity and healthy nutrition. Together we will continue to help people live healthier lives,” said Justin Huenemann, president and CEO of NB3 Foundation.

UnitedHealthcare’s sponsorship is part of its “Do Good. Live Well.” volunteer initiative, dedicated to decreasing hunger and obesity, inspiring service and encouraging volunteerism.

To learn more about NB3FIT Week and to register your community youth activity, please visit http://www.nb3foundation.org/nb3fit-week/.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

About the Notah Begay III Foundation

The NB3 Foundation is a national, award-winning Native American nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing Native American childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes. The NB3 Foundation invests in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs that promote health, physical activity and nutrition, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities. We are committed to ensuring that all Native American youth live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives. (www.nb3foundation.org)

 

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Caring companies come together to create Friends of NB3 Youth Health and support the NB3 Foundation and NB3FIT WEEK

                     

For Immediate Release

Media contact

Cyanne Lujan (505) 867-0775

cyanne@nb3f.org

 

Caring companies come together to create Friends of NB3 Youth Health and support the NB3 Foundation and NB3FIT WEEK.

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, New Mexico (July 17, 2017) − NB3FIT WEEK is excited to announce its new Diamond Sponsor − Friends of NB3 Youth Health. Friends of NB3 Youth Health is a group of caring companies that have come together in support of the Notah Begay III Foundation and its important work in addressing the health and fitness of Native American youth. With their generous $15,000 sponsorship, they will help make NB3FIT Week the largest national Native youth health and fitness event in the country! Together, we will reach our goal of engaging 12,000 Native American youth in health and physical activity nationwide during the week of November 5th through 11th, 2017.

Friends of NB3 Youth Health are: Catalyst Marketing Company; Encompass Develop, Design, & Construct LLC; MM/R/C; mark-it Smart, Inc.; Finley & Cook; Blue Lake Casino & Hotel; and Raving Consulting Company. Not only has each company made a significant dollar contribution in support of NB3FIT Week and other NB3F activities, but the individual senior executives of Friends of NB3 Youth Health have made personal commitments as well – exercising at Native youth fitness activities; attending important Native health conferences, getting the word out among their colleagues and friends, and personally attending (and supporting) numerous fundraisers for NB3F.

Dennis Conrad, President, Raving Consulting Company, shared the following:

“I want to personally thank all of my colleagues who have generously become the charter members of Friends of NB3 Youth Health – Mark Astone of Catalyst, John Stewart of Encompass, Mike Meczka of MM/R/C, Mark Ditteaux of mark-it Smart, Kevin Huddleston of Finley & Cook, and Sam Wedll of Blue Lake Casino & Hotel – not just for their dollars, but for their commitment to the health of Native youth. “

“We are delighted for the support, encouragement and genuine interest by these exemplary companies. They understand the need, but more importantly the vision and promise of Native youth,” said Justin Huenemann, President and CEO of NB3 Foundation.

Thank you Friends of NB3 Youth Health for your ongoing support of Native American youth and the NB3 Foundation!

To learn more about NB3FIT Week and to register your community youth activity, please visit http://www.nb3foundation.org/nb3fit-week/.

About the Notah Begay III Foundation

The NB3 Foundation is a national, award-winning Native American nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing Native American childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes. The NB3 Foundation invests in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs that promote health, physical activity and nutrition, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities. We are committed to ensuring that all Native American youth live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives. (www.nb3foundation.org)

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Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation Summer Buzzzz in Full Swing

Summer time at the NB3 Foundation is not for the faint-of-heart.  During summer we are in full swing with our programs, camps, events, gatherings and much more.  But the good news is WE LOVE IT!  This summer, our NB3FIT coaches are working 6 days a week conducting camps and lessons throughout the Albuquerque region.  The New Mexico Grande Slam was a huge success, raising over $100,000 for the kids of New Mexico. The Water First! Learning Community continues to promote water consumption and the reduction of sugar-sweetened beverages in their communities. Our community partners are diligently promoting health, nutrition and fitness throughout the country.

While we work hard, we also encourage our team to take time off and reenergize. To help with this, we officially close our office every Friday at noon during the summer months to encourage taking personal time.  Through it all, we remain thankful for the opportunity to serve our youth and their communities and to help ensure all children have the opportunity to live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives.

Happy Summer,
Justin Huenemann
President & CEO, NB3 Foundation

 

CLICK HERE TO READ SUMMER 2017 E-NEWSLETTER

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community supports NB3FIT Week

For Immediate Release                                                                

Media Contact
Cyanne Lujan
(505) 867-0775
cyanne@nb3f.org

                                                                       

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community joins NB3 Foundation to support largest Native youth health and fitness event – NB3FIT WEEK

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, New Mexico (April 25, 2017) − NB3FIT WEEK receives $15,000 from Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) to support the health and fitness of Native American children around the country. As the Presenting Tribal Sponsor, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will help make this the largest national Native youth fitness event in the country! Together, we will reach our goal of engaging 12,000 Native American youth in health and physical activity nationwide during the week of November 5th through 11th, 2017.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a national leader in Native health and nutrition. SMSC has committed over $5 million to improve the nutrition of Native Americans through its Seeds of Native Health campaign. This campaign represents a new extension of the SMSC’s long history of philanthropy, by committing a portion of its annual charitable giving to a dedicated purpose. Having donated more than $325 million since opening its Gaming Enterprise in the 1990s, as well as loaning more than $500 million to other tribes, the SMSC is the largest philanthropic benefactor for Indian Country nationally and one of the largest charitable givers in Minnesota.

Thank you Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for your ongoing support of Native American youth and the NB3 Foundation!

To learn more about NB3FIT Week and to register your community youth activity, please visit http://www.nb3foundation.org/nb3fit-week/.

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. With a focus on being a good neighbor, good steward of the earth, and good employer, the SMSC is committed to charitable donations, community partnerships, a healthy environment and a strong economy. The SMSC and the SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino) are the largest employer in Scott County. Out of a Dakota tradition to help others, the SMSC has donated nearly $300 million to organizations and causes since opening their gaming enterprise in the 1990’s and has contributed millions more to regional government and infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems and emergency services.

About the Notah Begay III Foundation

The NB3 Foundation is a national, award-winning Native American nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing Native American childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes. The NB3 Foundation invests in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs that promote health, physical activity and nutrition, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities. We are committed to ensuring that all Native American youth live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives. (www.nb3foundation.org)

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NB3 Foundation awards $150,000 to reduce sugary drink consumption (June 13, 2017)

News Release

Contact: Cyanne Lujan, (505) 867-0775 or cyanne@nb3f.org

NB3 Foundation invests $150,000 to Reduce Sugary-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Among Young Native Children

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. _ June,13th, 2017 _ The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation has awarded four tribes and Native-led organizations a total of $150,000 through their “Drop Sugary Drinks!” grant opportunity. The focus of the grant is to reduce young Native children’s consumption of sugary-sweetened beverages (SSB) and promote healthier beverage options such as water, breastfeeding and indigenous teas. Thanks to an investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NB3 Foundation continues to support Native-led strategies to improve the health and healthy weight of Native American children throughout Indian Country.

Community partners (grantees) will also participate in NB3 Foundation’s second annual Healthy Beverage Summit to be held in February 2018. Building on the initial summit in February 2017, this second summit will bring together communities and stakeholders engaged in reducing the consumption of sugary drinks across Indian Country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the consumption of SSBs have increased 500% in the past fifty years and is now the single largest category of caloric intake in children, surpassing milk in the late 1990s. Sugary drinks, such as soft drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened milk or milk alternatives, now represent the biggest source of added sugar in children’s diets. These drinks are the one of the biggest contributors to calories in the U.S. diet, and have been linked to obesity, nutrition-related diseases and tooth decay. In New Mexico alone, 50% of Native American third-graders were either overweight or obese, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

“We are excited to partner with four Native communities that have demonstrated their commitment to children’s health and are utilizing culturally effective strategies to address the issue of sugary drink consumption,” said Olivia Roanhorse, Vice President of Programs at NB3 Foundation.

The four recipients include:

Inter Tribal Sports – Temecula, CA

Utilizing their existing Rez Dogg Refreshments Program, Inter Tribal Sports will conduct a community assessment to understand their communities’ perceptions, attitudes and beliefs toward sugary drinks in order to drive healthy decision- making. During the assessment period, Rez Dogg, the ITS mascot will travel across reservations sharing its love for fresh and infused water, teas and homemade smoothies. ITS will also educate youth and families using the Rethink Your Drink campaign resources and through games and incentives.

Native American Youth and Family Center – Portland, OR

The Native American Youth and Family Center will assess the prevalence of sugary drink consumption and contextualize these behaviors in the lived experiences of Native American families with children ages 0-8 to understand barriers related to choosing and consuming water, breast milk and tea and promote sociocultural solutions to improve the health Native American families and future generations.

Pueblo of San Felipe – San Felipe Pueblo, NM

The Pueblo of San Felipe will work to quantify the extent that SSBs are impacting their children ages 0-8 and elicit the community’s views on how to address reducing the consumption of SSBs.  They will also provide opportunities to educate community members regarding issues connected to SSBs, including nutrition and obesity related diseases.

Waimanalo Health Center – Waimanalo, HI

The Waimanalo Health Center will launch a culturally based “well baby care” group that employs indigenous pedagogy, native language and cultural traditions to not only displace SSBs and restore healthy feeding practices but also to create a safe environment, where parents learn to make positive lifestyle choices for their children.

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About the NB3 Foundation
The NB3 Foundation is an award winning, national Native American nonprofit dedicated to reducing Native American childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The NB3 Foundation invests in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally-relevant programs that promote health, physical activity and nutrition, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities. We are committed to ensuring that all Native American youth live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives. For more information, go to www.nb3foundation.org


NB3FIT WEEK: A National Week of Native Youth Health and Fitness (April 25,2017)

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, New Mexico (April 25, 2017) The Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3 Foundation) announces NB3FIT WEEK: A National Day of Native Youth Health and Fitness, from November 5th−11th, 2017. Join us in engaging over 12,000 Native American youth across the country in a shared week of physical activity, movement and health.

Building on the huge success of NB3FIT Day in 2016 and by popular demand, the NB3 Foundation is excited to expand this opportunity for health and fitness to an entire week.

Last year, 115 tribes and Native communities from 26 states organized events that resulted in over 10,000 Native youth participating in physical activities, including: runs, walks, stick games, basketball, skateboarding, kickboxing, volleyball, lacrosse, field days, obstacle courses, kickball, dance-offs, hiking, biking, traditional games, swimming, boot camps, Zumba, obstacle courses and health fairs.

“Please join us and lets continue to build a national movement of health and fitness and engage our Native kids in the importance of physical activity and health!” proclaimed Notah Begay III, founder of the NB3 Foundation.

The Foundation calls upon all tribes, Native communities, businesses, organizations, faith groups, schools and allies across the country to host physical activity and health-centered events and activities in their communities during NB3FIT Week. All activities should directly engage Native youth, including one–hour minimum of physically activity.

There is no doubt that keeping children physically active helps children grow up at a healthy weight.  Why is this important? Because today Native American children face significant health challenges setting them up for a life of health complications, including diabetes, obesity and heart disease. The good news is we can do something about this − its PREVENTABLE!

“TOGETHER, we must let our children know that health and fitness are building blocks to living a healthy life and achieving their dreams. And then we must provide accessible opportunities for healthy living directly in the communities youth live in,” said Justin Huenemann, President and CEO of the NB3 Foundation.

To learn more about NB3FIT Week and to register your community youth activity please visit http://www.nb3foundation.org/nb3fit-week/.  Also, high-profile sponsorship opportunities are available to support and be recognized during this one-of-a-kind national event.

About the Notah Begay III Foundation

The NB3 Foundation is a national, award-winning Native American nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing Native American childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes. The NB3 Foundation invests in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs that promote health, physical activity and nutrition, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities. We are committed to ensuring that all Native American youth live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives. (www.nb3foundation.org)

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NB3 Foundation hosts 4th Annual Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Conference with Special Guest Nike N7 Ambassador Jude Schimmel (April 24, 2017)

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, New Mexico (April 24, 2017) – The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation is excited to host our 4th Annual Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! National Conference on April 26-27, 2017. The Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Conference is a national platform to promote and advance topics of physical activity, healthy nutrition and community engagement.

This conference aims to inspire, motivate and celebrate the work of our partners, grass-roots organizations and all participants that work to improve the quality of health for our children. This gathering provides a wonderful place for practitioners to build networks, share stories, explore partnerships and learn from experts on methods to advance their knowledge and practice to prevent Native American childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

“HKHF conference is an important opportunity for Native American practitioners and organizations dedicated to improving the quality of health for Native youth to explore and share ideas and to rejuvenate.  It is our desire to elevate the discourse and the priority of Native youth health and physical activity with tribes, foundations, partners, families and youth,” said Justin Huenemann, President and CEO of NB3 Foundation.

About Notah Begay III Foundation

The NB3 Foundation is a national, award-winning Native American nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing Native American childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes. The NB3 Foundation invests in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs that promote health, physical activity and nutrition, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities. We are committed to ensuring that all Native American youth live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives. (www.nb3foundation.org)

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