Serving one of the highest-risk populations in the country.
Nationwide, about 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese. Among Native Americans, the number of overweight or obese children is closer to 1 in 2. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is committed to working with this high-risk group to create healthier schools and out-of-school time settings.
In the area the size of West Virginia, spanning across parts of Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, sits the Navajo Nation. Rates of overweight, obesity and type 2 diabetes are currently extremely high in Native American communities but members of the community and schools are working together to make healthy changes for their children’s futures. Today there is a movement to reverse these rates, and encourage health and wellness while preserving culture and tradition.