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NYPD is a direct result of the needs of the Native American children to learn about ways to prevent obesity and diabetes. The overwhelmingly majority of health providers felt the children were often forgotten as a population at risk and that the cultural needs of these children were often absent in mainstream teaching styles. NYPD has always included cultural awareness to help add the needed dimension of the Native American social unit as a force within diabetes prevention.

In addition to the cultural aspect of preventing obesity and diabetes, NYPD includes the following through educational classes and interactive group sessions lead by tribally-based professionals that have gone through extensive training and a thorough background check for the safety of each camper.

* Registered dietitians use gameshow and real-life shopping experiences as teaching methods that allow the camper to identify foods that are healthier for a growing child's needs. 

* Physical activity professionals assist the camper in performing and highlighting ways that physical activity can be increased during the normal day, with the importance of why physical activity must be maintained for a healthy lifestyle. 

* Behavioral health professionals speak with and help the campers understand the underlying emotions and daily stress that can lead to future obesity and diabetes. 

In addition to this, medical officers such as Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants and Medical Doctors who are at camp during the entire week and serve as mentors and role models help the camper tie all aspects of diabetes prevention together using a comprehensive and age appropriate platform. 

As NYPD has grown over the years, so has the educational opportunities. Campers also receive nightly readings of the Eagle Adventure books, information on the dangers of commerecial tobacco use, the importance of dental care, how to address bullying issues and the risks of sugar sweetened beverages to name only a few.

NYPD History Timeline

In September of 2001, the leaders and health care providers of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Iowa Nation, Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and the Sac & Fox Nation called for a meeting to discuss issues related to patients with Diabetes and explore methods to decrease the overwhelming prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes in their tribal member populations. Through thoughtful discussions, the prevention of Diabetes through increasing education on the importance of healthy lifestyle choices was determined to be the primary focus of this group.

Understanding that healthy children have a greater opportunity to grow into healthy adults, and that healthy lifelong habits are learned during childhood, a Diabetes prevention program that focused its efforts on the importance of Nutrition, Physical Activity, Diabetes Prevention and Behavioral Health for American Indian children aged 8-12 was developed. That program was to be called Native Youth Preventing Diabetes (NYPD).

  • NYPD 2002 1st day camp held July 31-Aug 1, 82 children in attendance
  • NYPD 2003 held June 10-11 with 83 in attendance
    • Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center join NYPD coalition
  • NYPD 2004 held July 6-7 with 140 in attendance
    • NYPD awarded Association of American Indian Physicians Model Program of the Year
    • August 2004, NYPD presents day camp pre- post test findings to the American Academy of Diabetes Educators annual convention in Indianapolis, IN
    • NovoNordisk pharmaceuticals sign on as primary corporate sponsor
    • Kaw Nation, Pawnee Nation, Wichita & Affiliated Tribes and the Oklahoma Indian Health Service join NYPD coalition
  • NYPD 2005 1st residential NYPD Camp held June 13-17 at Camp Cimarron, Perkins, OK.  149 children in attendance.  Increased role of American Indian culture in the prevention of disease and comprehensive health screenings added to curriculum
    • 23% of children were found to meet criteria of Metabolic Syndrome
    • Average FBG: 87 mg/dl
    • Average Total Cholesterol: 162 mg/dl
    • Average LDL Cholesterol: 115 mg/dl
    • Average Triglycerides: 59 mg/dl           
    • Average HDL Cholesterol: 45 mg/dl
    • BMI % : 69  
    • Waist Circumference %: 71
    • Blood Pressure %: 73
    • August 2005, NYPD selected as I.H.S. Wellness Champion
  • NYPD 2006 is held June 12-16, 141 children in attendance
    • 15% of children were found to meet criteria of Metabolic Syndrome
    • Average FBG: 85 mg/dl
    • Average Total Cholesterol: 150 mg/dl           
    • Average LDL Cholesterol: 103 mg/dl
    • Average Triglycerides: 61 mg/dl           
    • Average HDL Cholesterol: 47 mg/dl
    • BMI % : 63                       
    • Waist Circumference %: 52
    • Blood Pressure %: 64
    • August 2006 NYPD presents residential camp, laboratory findings to the AADE annual convention in Los Angeles, CA.  Also featured in Convention Newspaper and on website.
    • Department of Endocrinology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center becomes NYPD partner
  • NYPD 2007, Camp moved to Camp Redlands, Stillwater, OK.  Held June 18-22, 2007.  138 children in attendance:
    • 8% of children were found to meet criteria of Metabolic Syndrome
    • Average FBG: 88 mg/dl
    • Average Total Cholesterol: 154 mg/dl
    • Average LDL Cholesterol: 97 mg/dl
    • Average Triglycerides: 61 mg/dl                      
    • Average HDL Cholesterol: 47 mg/dl
    • BMI % : 63                       
    • Waist Circumference %: 62
    • Blood Pressure %: 57
  • NYPD 2008 camp moved to Camp Takatoka in Choteau, OK.  Camp held June 2-6, 2008. 144 children in attendance:
    • 5% of children were found to meet criteria of Metabolic Syndrome
    • Average FBG: 89.5 mg/dl
    • Average Total Cholesterol: 142 mg/dl
    • Average LDL Cholesterol: 84.7 mg/dl
    • Average Triglycerides: 62.7 mg/dl                       
    • Average HDL Cholesterol: 48.5 mg/dl
    • BMI % : 80.1                       
    • Waist Circumference %: 69.8
    • Blood Pressure %: 53.5
    • Otoe-Missouria Tribe joins NYPD coalition
    • NYPD recieved support from the National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, for the evaluation of the Eagle Book series
  • NYPD 2009 camp was held at Camp Takatoka in Choteau, OK.  Camp held June 8-12, 2009. 144 children in attendance:
    • 4.2% of children were found to meet criteria of Metabolic Syndrome
    • Average FBG: 93.6 mg/dl
    • Average Total Cholesterol: 138 mg/dl
    • Average LDL Cholesterol: 87 mg/dl
    • Average Triglycerides: 70.2 mg/dl                       
    • Average HDL Cholesterol: 45 mg/dl
    • BMI % : 60.6                       
    • Waist Circumference %: 64.4
    • Blood Pressure %: 52
    • The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic joins the NYPD coalition
  • NYPD 2010 camp moved to Camp Waluhili in Choteau, OK.  Camp held June 14-18, 2010. 116 children in attendance:
    • 15.3% of children were found to meet criteria of Metabolic Syndrome
    • Average FBG: 83.5 mg/dl
    • Average Total Cholesterol: 144 mg/dl
    • Average LDL Cholesterol: 93 mg/dl
    • Average Triglycerides: 78.9 mg/dl                       
    • Average HDL Cholesterol: 42 mg/dl
    • BMI % : 63.79                       
    • Waist Circumference %: 67.76
    • Blood Pressure %: 58.6
    • NYPD recieves 501c3 non-profit status
    • Caddo Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Oklahoma State Department of Health join NYPD coalition
    • NYPD recieves Racial and Ethical Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Legacy Award
  • NYPD 2011 camp was held at Camp Waluhili in Choteau, OK.  Camp held June 13-17, 2011. 133 children in attendance:
    • 9.02% of children were found to meet criteria of Metabolic Syndrome
    • Average FBG: 85.6 mg/dl
    • Average Total Cholesterol: 147.2 mg/dl
    • Average LDL Cholesterol: 94.2 mg/dl
    • Average Triglycerides: 65.5 mg/dl                       
    • Average HDL Cholesterol: 45.3 mg/dl
    • BMI % :                        
    • Waist Circumference %: 64.8
    • Blood Pressure %: 59.9
    • Seminole Nation, Chickasaw Nation and Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board join NYPD coalition
  • NYPD 2012 camp was held at Camp Waluhili in Choteau, OK.  Camp held June 11-15, 2012. 142 children in attendance:
    • % of children were found to meet criteria of Metabolic Syndrome
    • Average FBG:
    • Average Total Cholesterol:
    • Average LDL Cholesterol: 108 mg/dl
    • Average Triglycerides: 83.6 mg/dl                       
    • Average HDL Cholesterol:
    • BMI % :                        
    • Waist Circumference %: 60.4
    • Blood Pressure %:
    • Choctaw Nation joins NYPD coalition
  • NYPD 2013 camp was held at Camp Waluhili in Choteau, OK.  Camp held June 10-14, 2013. 142 children in attendance:
    • 5.7% of children were found to meet criteria of Metabolic Syndrome
    • Average FBG: 82 mg/dl
    • Average Total Cholesterol: 140.1 mg/dl
    • Average LDL Cholesterol: 88.4 mg/dl
    • Average Triglycerides: 81.8 mg/dl                       
    • Average HDL Cholesterol: 46.9 mg/dl
    • BMI % : 79.8                       
    • Waist Circumference %: 66.17
    • Blood Pressure %: 56.3
  • NYPD 2014 camp moved back to Camp Takatoka in Choteau, OK.  Camp Scheduled for June 9-13, 2014.
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NYPD continually applies for grants and donations to offset the cost of children to attend the NYPD camp. These efforts allow for children to attend at very low or no-cost for the week-long program. All tribes and organzations that provide educators and health providers, do so exclusively as a donation of time and effort for the hope of a healthy future of our American Indian youth and tribal communities. Without these volunteers, NYPD would cease to exist.

 

 

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