Tuba City Health Promotion Program
Diabetes Treatment & Prevention Services
Health Promotion Program
The Tuba City Health Promotion Program is one of eight health promotion programs on the Navajo Reservation. Our health promotion program, along with the Navajo Area Indian Health Service (NAIHS) Health Promotion, designs and implements programs & services based on the Navajo Traditional Philosophy of “Hozhogoo Iina – Walk in Beauty” as represented by the Four Directions – East, South, West, and North. This concept is used because we believe that cultural integration with Western concepts of health promotion is important.
The stated mission of “From the Directions of the East, South, West, and North, we bring people, families and communities together to promote wellness – Sa’?ah Naagaí Bik’eh Hózhóón Iiná” is the underlying message to empower individuals at all levels to increase their quality and years of healthy living. According to Navajo traditional teachings, a healthy person is one who is “in balance” supported and surrounded by a healthy family and a healthy community. Our program is responsible for working with eight chapters within the Western Navajo Agency as well as off-reservation border town communities. What makes our health promotion program unique from non-native communities is applying Navajo culture with primary prevention efforts to help people reach interdependence and sustaining healthy living.
Community Physical Activity
Offering year round physical activity programs is what makes the Tuba City Health Promotion Program stand out above the rest!! Take a glimpse at what our program has done in the past and what we are looking toward for the future:
- Just Move It!
- Keep on Moving It
- Walking Together for Healthier Nations (WTHN)
- Biggest Loser Community Challenge
- Adult Recreation Leagues
- Rez Fitness Leaders
- Employee Wellness
- Elder Fitness Promotion
Collaborating with local youth organizations is also an important part of the Health Promotion Program. Supporting these organizations is one step closer to creating healthier futures.
- American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
- Tuba City/Moencopi Little League
Community Wellness Outreach
This unique area of the Health Promotion Program focuses on health education awareness initiatives, community oriented activities for youth and adults and offering community presentations. The following are program examples:
- Honoring the Gift of Heart Health
- Healthy Living 101
- Tobacco Cessation
- Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs
- Health Literacy
- Chapter/Community Wellness Programs
Early Childhood Development
Delivering early childhood programs and basic health education (with focus on parental education) from prenatal to 5 years of age is an investment for the children and families. Through offering the following Health Promotion programs and services, we strive to build a strong foundation for tomorrow’s leaders, by incorporating age-appropriate portion sizes for nutritional foods; consumption of fruits & vegetables and low-energy dense foods; education around modeling of physical activity and reduction in television viewing by toddlers and young children.
This program includes:
- Partnership with the Navajo Head Start Program
- Kangaroo Boot Camp (after-school program)
- ACTIVE Summer Youth Programs
- WINGS of America Running & Fitness Camp
- Parent Health Education Programs
- Youth Futsal
Tuba City Coordinated Approach to School Health
The goal of the Tuba City Coordinated Approach to School Health Program (formerly Navajo Coordinated School Health) is to bring diabetes prevention efforts and increased awareness to youth, their families, school personnel, school administration, tribal leaders and community members. Together with our strong desire and commitment for a healthier Nation, we are able to acquire, develop and refine the skills necessary for sustaining strong, active and healthy children of the future.
The Tuba City Coordinated Approach to School Health also addresses the impact of academic success as it relates to school health by providing opportunities and professional development for all involved in helping to improve the health and academic performances of our children.
We strive to:
- Increase physical activity
- Increase students receiving diabetes education
- Increase fruit and vegetable consumption
- Increase School & Community Partnerships
- Provide technical assistance to schools implementing evidence-based programs.
Navajo Traditional Philosophy
Diné tradition is included into every dimension of ensuring families have a healthy start by sharing and celebrating strengths and values.
Providing each child with the skills and knowledge to lead a healthy lifestyle by creating partnerships with communities and schools to increase successful wellness programs and activities.
Empowering individuals to live in balance, harmony and beauty while being a part of strong, resilient families living with respect.
Facilitating opportunities for elders to enrich and sustain the beauty of Diné heritage by sharing their wisdom and knowledge with families and communities. All the while, honoring the learning and being responsible for sustaining wellness.
The Health Promotion Program has been very successful in developing and sustaining a Partnership Program with other local, tribal, county and state agencies. These partnerships allow for sharing of information, collaboration at the planning level and acquiring knowledge and skills within each agency.