Let’s Hear 12,000 Hearts Beating

Let’s hear 12,000 hearts beating this November

Dear Ravers,

Since 2016 we’ve been sharing with you a program called NB3FIT Week. From November 5-12, 2018, the goal is to get kids across Indian country MOVING. It’s pretty simple: Native-led organizations, businesses, urban Indian centers, schools and groups are asked to host a physical activity, fitness and/or health awareness event during this week.  WHY NOT YOUR ORGANIZATION? And if you’re a supplier to the industry, you can get involved as well!

In 2017, NB3FIT WEEK engaged over 10,000 Native youth through 91 registered sites and over 130 physical activity and health-centered events in 21 states! The goal this year, 12,000 kids!

It doesn’t have to be a ton of work – think run/walk, obstacle course, class taught by a local martial arts studio or local sports team. The goal, is to show kids that moving is fun. To show communities how to easily integrate more physical activity. To inspire kids that may not particularly enjoy fitness that it can be fun. Because Native Americans are at risk and change can start by something as simple as an activity at NB3FIT Week.

Want to get involved?

  1. As a Native-led organization consider doing an activity this year (or pass it on to someone who will take the ball and run with it). To find out more and register your event go to http://www.nb3foundation.org/nb3fit-week/
  1. As a gaming vendor you can be a sponsor or donate directly to NB3 Foundation. Contact Cyanne Lujan at [email protected] or 505-867-0775 ext. 101.  We’ve all heard that one person can make a difference, well, one dollar can as well.  Your sponsorship not only helps with materials and signage for the organizations participating, but also goes into the overall grant fund. Donations have helped Tribal organizations do so much important work, but here’s a few that we all can get our heads around (as we were all kids once, right?):
  • Repave outdoor basketball courts
  • Replace worn equipment (dead basketballs, ripped nets, bats and baseballs)
  • Start new after-school activity programs for latch key kids
  • Offer clean water and healthy snacks
  • Provide fresh vegetables through community gardens

The sobering facts:

  • One out of two Native children born since 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity is the leading contributing factor to type 2 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes may reduce a child’s life expectancy by 27 years
  • 81% of Native adults are overweight or obese and 45% of 2-5 year olds are overweight
  • Death rate of Native Americans with diabetes is three times higher than the general U.S. population

You’ve got over a month to get some folks together and create an activity for your Tribal community or to give a few bucks to help these kids get on their way to a more active life. Are you in?  Contact Cyanne Lujan at [email protected] or 505-867-0775 ext. 101 for more information today.

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