While obesity continues to be a nation-wide problem.
the rates of obesity among the Native American population
are alarmingly higher.
News 8's Sarah Thamer brings us the story.
Native Americans are twice as likely to be obese than
any other minority.
And the prevalence of type 2 diabetes among Native
Americans in the United States is thirteen percent.
But November thirteen is NB3FIT Day.
a national day of bringing awareness to Native youth
health and fitness.
And for the first time this year.
Native American youth and adults in Black River Falls
are getting the chance to take part in today's activities.
It's important to have a day like this because as
we are very well aware throughout the Ho-Chunk nation,
that our native youth, they're our futures and the
most important thing that we can give them and provide
for them is good health.
Which is why the Notah Begay Foundation is hosting
NB3 Fit Day, with the goal of getting 10,000 thousand
Native American Youth in the U.S.
active for one hour, by mixing together culture and
There is a lot of songs just about every native indegenous
culture that bring people together, bring communities
together, so a lot of these are very interactive dances,
they're round dances, there is gonna be snake dances
and green corn dances and two steps so these are where
people partner up and hopefully we get obstacles going
and keep them moving.
Along with the cultural dances, the day consisted
of getting active on the field with a game of Lacrosse.
The whole entire purpose is to combat childhood diabetes
Native American youth are nine times more likely to
develop diabetes than any other race.
And event coordinators say there are a few factors
that may play a role in the alarming statistics.
Culturally our bodies are not as able to process processed
foods as well as a lot of sugars.
And they say other reasons are certain historical
events that took place.
Although these nine year old kids that are out there
weren't a part of boarding schools and removals, they
carry that genrational trauma.
But they say they are hopeful they can combat obesity
within their community.
We don't have to go to a laboratory we dont need science
we don't need anything we already the cure we have
every piece of the puzzle in front of us we just gotta
put it together.
This was the first year the event was hosted in the
About 100 kids who are Native American showed up.
Today's events in Black River Falls were also hosted
by the Ho-Chunk nation.