The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted American Indian health disparities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indians and Alaska Natives are:
• Nearly twice as likely to contract COVID-19
• Over three times as likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 infection. Moreover, persons with obesity and type 2 diabetes experienced greater risk, more severe illness and need for hospitalizations.
• Over twice as likely to die from COVID-19 infection
Furthermore, 1 of every 168 American Indian and Alaska Native children experienced orphanhood or death of caregivers. Compared to White children, American Indian and Alaska Native children were 4.5 times more likely to lose a parent or grandparent caregiver.
These data underscore the urgent need for primary prevention and support of American Indian youth!
The goal of our program is to promote healthy lifestyle among Arizona's American Indian youth and their families
THE AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH WELLNESS CAMP
Our program is a Tribal/Urban Indian community-based, family-focused intervention.
The program is 6 months long and focuses on nutrition education, exercise and fitness training, cultural activities and games, and mind-body skills building.
We introduce ways to make exercise fun, consistent and habitual, and foster self-efficacy and resiliency.
Our program emphasizes American Indian values, beliefs and traditions.
Our program also focuses on parents and the entire family to help youth sustain gains and to maintain healthy behaviors at home.
Community Engagement and Training
The Camp Team includes Tribal partners and students. Your support helps to sustain these important collaborations and training opportunities.
YOUR SUPPORT CREATES OPPORTUNITIES
Our Camp program does not generate revenue from participants. We depend on generous individuals, like you, to help American Indian youth attend our program and to engage their families.
Every contribution is appreciated!
SPREAD THE WORD!
Share your support for our camp on social media or by emailing our links to your friends and families.
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YOU CAN ALSO DONATE BY SENDING A CHECK
Make your check or money order payable to:
University of Arizona Foundation, FCM: Youth Wellness Initiative.
The University of Arizona Foundation
For the benefit of the AI Wellness Camp (Gachupin)
PO Box 210109
Tucson, AZ 85721 - 0109