Wellness Conference Workshop Details

According to the Centers for Disease Control, American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) youth – ages 10 through 19 – are 9 times as likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when compared to their Anglo counterparts. AIAN youth also struggle with disproportionately high levels of obesity, food insecurity including access to quality nutrition, and physical inactivity. Nutrition and fitness are key to restoring the health and quality of life of this future generation. Capacity Builders, Inc. Offered a free, two day summit on cultural-based nutrition and fitness for AIAN children. Conference participants were trained by top experts in the country in best practices for incorporating physical fitness into daily classroom lessons. Cooking (and tasting) workshops were held to demonstrate innovative ways to use natural and healthy roots, fruits, and vegetables as snacks and in food preparation. Conference facilitators analyzed and share these practices via a culturally relevant lens that will ultimately lead to engaged and healthy Native American youth.

Highlights from the The National Conference on Cultural-Based Nutrition & Fitness for Native American Youth, April 28, 2015.

What a few of the participants said:

“This was a great opportunity to learn more about improving Native American communities.”

“Conference was beneficial and interesting. It was well worth my time and travel.”

“Thank you for offering this training free of charge.”

“Great conference!! Very useful and applicable to the work that needs to be done in the community to improve health, fitness, and nutrition in communities”

“This is one of the few conferences where I attended all sessions. And it was free!”

“Everything was great!!”


Watch for upcoming information about the 2016 conference.

You can read the  2015 Conference Overview Flyer here.

Read the 2015 Conference Agenda and find out more about the event, and get ready to sign up next year.

A video from the 2015 Conference below.


Topics Covered Included:

Learn how to instill healthy habits into the daily lives of Native American youth

Participants learned effective strategies to integrate immediately into their classrooms or organizations, and they networked with colleagues who share same passion and commitment.

Keynote session:

The Kinesthetic Classroom – Teaching and Learning through Movement,
Presented by Mike Kuczala

Workshop topics:

FITNESS – 360 Degree Perspective of an Effective Kinesthetic Classroom,
Presented by Keynote Speaker Mike Kuczala

Creating Health and Balance in Today’s Education Programs: The Brain/Body Connection and its Role in Wellness, Stress Management, and Physical Fitness

  • Creating Health and Balance in Today’s Education Programs: The Brain/Body Connection and its Role in Wellness, Stress Management, and Physical Fitness
  • Fun and Unique Approaches to Physical Fitness in all School Environments
  • Action Packed Classrooms: K-5
  • 3 Ways Movement Impacts Corporate and School Culture
  • Exercise for Obese Youth: Refocusing Attention from Weight Loss to Health Gains
  • Demonstration of a State-of-the-Art Fitness System
  • Benefits and Demonstrations of Youth MMA and Self-Defense
  • Benefits and Demonstration of Youth Zumba, Yoga, and Fitness Classes

NUTRITION – Supportive Nutrition in the Teaching and Learning Process,
Presented by Executive Chef Nephi Craig. Other sessions include:

  • Indigenous Approaches to Nutrition and Health
  • Preparation and Tasting of Healthy Traditional Native American Foods
  • Healthy Snacks Preparation and Tasting
  • Advanced Healthy Food Preparation Training for Food Service Practitioners
  • Cooking Comfort Food Healthy
  • History of Native American Food

ORGANIZATIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE – Grant Funding for Youth Fitness and Nutrition Programs,
Presented by Capacity Builders funding expert staff

  • Stress Management for Educators
  • Evaluating Nutrition and Fitness Activities: Determining Effectiveness
  • Sportsmanship and Character Building from a Cultural Perspective


Questions: contact Cindy Charley at 505.326.4245 ext. 120 or .