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WASHINGTON Working against obesity among American Indian children has earned the Bureau of Indian Education, BIE, Family & Child Education Program, FACE, national recognition.
The recognition came from the First Lady's Let's Move! Child Care initiative, Acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Del Laverdure announced on Thursday.
"Incorporating Let's Move! activities into our own Let's Move! in Indian Country is already having a positive impact on our students in BIE schools,"
"I am grateful to the first lady for initiating and leading the effort to reduce childhood obesity in Indian Country. Healthy students are key to Indian Country's future."
The Bureau's FACE Program was recognized at the Let's Move! Child Care Recognition Luncheon. which took place on Wednesday, May 9 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC. White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, Sam Kass, gave keynote remarks and highlighted FACE's efforts.
The FACE program was recognized for carrying out exceptional work to promote and implement the goals of Let's Move! Child Care. FACE includes using creative strategies, engaging families in obesity prevention efforts, and overcoming challenges to get children moving and encourage healthy eating in early care and education settings. FACE was one of twenty programs nationwide selected for recognition out of a multitude of groups including early education and child care programs and networks, communities, and states.
"It is extremely exciting and pleasurable to have been nominated and selected for this great honor and achievement,"
said BIE Director Keith Moore.
"The BIE is truly dedicated to being at the forefront of the movement to build a healthier and more sustainable future for our children across Indian Country. This award acknowledges our perseverance to achieve greatness, and inspires us to keep pushing forward."
Let's Move! Child Care is a nationwide call to action to empower early education and child care programs to make positive health changes in children that could last a lifetime. The initiative focuses on five goals:
Through Let's Move!, the Bureau of Indian Education's FACE program emphasizes Body, Mind and Spirit. The 44 BIE FACE programs were able to collaborate with community resources, utilize Indian Health Services Physical Activity Kits in a Train the Trainers concept, increase Wellness programs, and add their own community twist to promoting healthy lifestyles. Humana joined forces with their partner organization, the National Center for Family Literacy, to donate pedometers, and tape measures, and create health journals for all adult students in the program.
Let's Move! Child Care is supported by public and private partners, including the Office of the First Lady, the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Administration for Children and Families, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, Nemours, Child Care Aware of America and the University of North Carolina. For more information about Let's Move! Child Care, please visit: www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org
The 44 FACE Programs are located in 10 states in the US funded by the Bureau of Indian Education. For more information about the FACE program contact Debbie Lente-Jojola, BIE Supervisory Education Specialist and FACE National Director, or please visit: www.bie.edu/Programs/FACE
The Let's Move! in Indian Country website www.LetsMove.gov/IndianCountry includes information about resources, grants and programs available to assist schools in becoming healthier places of learning.
posted May 11, 2012 6:00 am edt