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Invitation to participate in a special Wellness Warriors challenge
UNITY’s mission, in part, is to, “help build a STRONG, unified, and self-reliant NATIVE AMERICA through greater youth involvement.” The Wellness Warriors project helps achieve this goal by offering tools and activities that promote better health and wellness among the nation’s Native youth. Read More
What better way to start off the school year, than in service and empowering others to reach for their dreams! UNITY’s 25 Under 25 awardee Lance Sanchez joined ASU’s Office of American Indian Initiatives team to participate in this year’s Tribal Nations Tour last week. Former National UNITY Council Executive Committee member Lance Sanchez, Tohono O’odham Nation, recently graduated from Tohono O’odham Community College and is starting this Fall Semester as a transfer Junior double majoring in America Indian Studies and Community Advocacy and Social Policy.
UNITY’s 2018 Youth Council of the Year leads by example hosting a variety of wellness events within their community. Young River Peoples Council of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona, was recognized as Youth Council of the Year last month at the National UNITY Conference in San Diego. The UNITY Wellness Warriors Program challenges affiliated youth councils to implement a Wellness Warrior event this year. By utilizing the project planning tools offered through the free mobile phone app and on the UNITY website, youth councils can join the national movement and share traditional wellness teachings with their home community. The Wellness Warriors program promotes Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Social Wellness. Congrats to the SRPMIC’s youth for promoting wellness in each of these areas!
UNITY 25 Under 25 Honoree Vonica LaPlante, 17 of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, awarded a MHS Champions for Change! Vonica was also accompanied by former UNITY Executive Committee Northeast Representative and former UNITY 25 Under 25 honoree Brayden White, to accept this prestigious award.
The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s newly formed Youth Council completed their UNITY Wellness Warrior’s Community Service Project named BAH KHO-JE Restoration this year. The youth spent one day making traditional footballs out of Elk Skin, taught to them by an Elder in the tribe. The next day they had a day of Indian Football we call Tawe Thi. There was healthy food and education booths at the registration for the event. After booth participation, the tribe’s Business Council Person and UNITY Co-Advisor, Eagle McClellan, came said a few words of support and offered a blessing over the food and event. A healthy breakfast of bananas and peanut butter was served before the first game. Played in the traditional way of the homemade ball being rolled into the field between the two teams, guys were able to kick and throw the ball while the girls on each team could also pick the ball up and run with it while in their possession. It didn’t take long before strategies and plans were made to get that ball across the goal lines, even once a team picking up a girl player and carrying her across the goal line, which is traditionally permitted. Read More
On Wednesday, June 13th, UNITY’s Wellness Warriors will be hosting the first of a series of health and wellness webinars focused on healthy lifestyle choices and how you can positively impact your community.
UNITY’s Wellness Warriors team had the opportunity to attend the NB3 Foundations’s Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Held at the Sandia Resort, the two-day conference was a great opportunity for those serving health and wellness programs in Indian country. Presentations ranged from health and fitness to healthy dietary alternatives, with motivational trainings presented throughout the conference.
UNITY’s Wellness Warriors App is a health and wellness app aimed at inspiring Native communities to live healthier lifestyles through cultural approaches to health. Native people have always been active in their daily life, and traditional food has always provided a balance of nutrition. Read More