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Actor Chaske Spencer to Help Launch for LetÂ?s Move! in Indian Country

Posted by Gwendolyn on May 23, 2011 at 4:11 PM

NATIVE BRIEF: Keshena, Wisconsin - Actor Chaske Spencer (Assiniboine/Sioux), who gained fame for his role, as Sam Uley, in the “Twilight” movie series, will be on hand to help launch “Let’s Move! in Indian Country” on Wednesday, May 25 at 10:00 am at the Menominee Indian Tribe.

Actor Chaske Spencer-Assiniboine/Sioux

Spencer will be joined by several officials from Washington, including Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk. The two will be joined by Menominee Tribal Chairman Randal Chevalier, Office of the First Lady, Executive Director of Let’s Move! Initiative Robin Schepper, USDA Deputy Administrator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Lisa Pino, and Indian Health Services (HIS) Director for Improving Patient Care Program Lyle A. Ignace M.D., M.P.H. to launch Let’s Move! in Indian Country.

“I’m very pleased to see the Office of the First Lady and all of the government agencies involved in this event, along with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin come together to launch this important initiative,” said Echo Hawk. “We all realize how important healthy minds and bodies are to our country and our communities. Let’s Move! in Indian Country is a great start that involves both children and adults in addressing some of the important health issues that confront Indian Country and the nation.”

“Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and it is especially acute in Indian country. This not only affects their health but their academic performance and their ability to succeed in the future,” said Robin Schepper. “The good news is we can do something about it. Let’s Move! in Indian Country is an effort where everyone has a role to play in creating a healthy future for our children. Federal agencies, tribal governments, schools, private companies, non-profits, community leaders, and families can lead by example and make commitments to ensure that Native children get 60 minutes of physical activity a day and access to healthy, nutritional meals. We are excited for everyone to get involved and support this critical effort.”

The Let’s Move! in Indian Country has four main goals:

1) Create a healthy start on life for children;

2) Create healthier learning communities;

3) Ensure families access to healthy, affordable, traditional food; and,

4) Increase opportunities for physical activity.

In addition to being a federal interagency initiative, Let’s Move! in Indian Country outlines ways for tribal governments, schools, the private sector and non-profits to engage in this effort. Let’s Move! in Indian Country sets the framework for each of these sectors to come together and contribute to the common goal of ending obesity within a generation.

WHO: Randal Chevalier, Menominee Tribal Chairman

Chaske Spencer, Actor, Enrolled Member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana

Sam McCracken, Nike N7 Representative, Enrolled Member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana

Ernie Stevens Jr., Nike N7 Fund Board of Directors and National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) President

Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, US Department of the Interior

Robin Schepper, Office of the First Lady, Executive Director, Let’s Move! Initiative

Lisa Pino, USDA, Deputy Administrator, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Lyle A. Ignace, MD, MPH, Indian Health Service, Director Improving Patient Care Program

Charlie Galbraith, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, White House

WHAT: Let’s Move! in Indian Country Launch with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:00 am to 12:30 pm cdt

WHERE: Menominee Nation

Woodland Bowl Amphitheater

Fairgrounds Road

Keshena, Wisconsin 54135

(Rain Location)

Keshena Primary School gym

N530 STH 47/55

Keshena, WI 54135


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