New program to tackle diabetes among young Indians
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A special curriculum aimed at tackling the growing prevalence of diabetes among American Indian children has been developed by health officials, tribal leaders and educators from across the country.
Teachers who work with Indian students in New Mexico and neighboring states will have a chance this fall to incorporate the curriculum into their lessons.
Officials with the national Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools project say the disease is an epidemic in Indian country, and prevention needs to start with children in the classroom.
A handful of educators were being trained Monday in Albuquerque to introduce the program to schools throughout New Mexico, Arizona and parts of Colorado and Utah.
The effort follows testing of the curriculum last year by a few dozen tribal schools.