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Boys & Girls Club gets $33K for diabetes prevention effort

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AKWESASNE - The Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club (ABGC) is excited to announce that Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) renewed the T.R.A.I.L. Diabetes Prevention Program.

In 2012, BGCA provided $18,000 to implement this program but this year’s award totals $33,750.The program is made possible by a partnership between the Indian Health Service, the National Congress of the American Indian, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Nike, Inc., aimed at reducing the onset of diabetes among Native American youth. On the T.R.A.I.L. (Together Raising Awareness for Indian Life) is geared to providing diabetes prevention education to the youth ABGC serves.

According to Indian Health Service, one in three Native American youth born in 2000 will likely be diagnosed with Type II diabetes in their life time.

The program partners designed this curriculum to ensuring change over time through education. The new grant award will start this month and continue to June of 2014. The program is implemented in 12 sessions over the three-month period and will run during the fall semester and spring semester.

The program presents these four themes:

1. About me and my health

2. Diabetes and Nutrition

3. Making Smart food Choices

4. Sharing Knowledge with others

“With diabetes being an important issue our people face, receiving this grant empowers our staff to provide necessary education to the youth we serve and encourages living healthy lifestyles for all,” said Executive Director Jessica Cree Jock.

The program will also provide outreach to club parents through educational sessions and interactive cooking sessions with youth. T.R.A.I.L. and ABGC encourage community and family involvement with this holistic approach to diabetes prevention in the Akwesasne community.

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