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Pre-Conference events

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Initiative and Bridgespan Rural Summit Pre-Conference
May 2, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Radisson Blu Mall of America
Cost: $25
Refreshments provided

Join Bridgespan representatives, colleagues, and partners for a focused, solutions-oriented discussion among key stakeholders. Provide input on promising, innovative, and potentially transformative interventions “bright spots”) to improve social mobility in rural America. Understand what it takes to make these efforts successful, with a focus on the role that different stakeholders (public, private and nonprofit sectors) can play in advancing these solutions. Examine the findings from a youth viewpoint and ensure their voice is heard. Develop plans to encourage stakeholders to pilot promising solutions in rural communities.

Implementing Traditional Native American Games as a Strategy to Increase Physical Activity in Native American Communities Pre-Conference
May 2, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC)
Cost: $50
Transportation and breakfast at the MAIC provided
Participation limited to first 50 to register

South Dakota State University Extension is working with eight community wellness coalitions on American Indian reservations to provide opportunities to educate youth and adults about wellness and healthy lifestyles. These coalitions collaborated to host three training sessions on traditional Native American games in two locations across the state. As a result, these communities now have increased opportunities for community members to be physically active in ways that embrace culture and traditions.

The first part of this presentation will provide an overview of the three training sessions, including goals for the training. During the second part, participants will hear about the background of traditional American Indian games, including how the games originated and evolved and how they were played. Finally, participants will try their hand at each game at stations set up at the MAIC. After all participants go through each station, facilitators will lead a discussion on how to use the games to promote physical activity in participants’ communities.

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