Project Term: 24 months; 2017-2019
Grant Amount: $75,000
This project will develop a screening and exercise-based intervention project for teens who are at-risk for type 2 diabetes on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Salish Kootenai College nursing students will work with the CSKT Health Department to identify at-risk teens based on family history and other risk factors. Quarterly, for two years, identified teens will be screened for diabetes as part of a “field day” that will provide intensive education on diet and exercise. Field day activities will include completing physical parameters, education on nutrition and the need for regular checkups, physical activity sessions with a fitness trainer, and screening for hypertension and diabetes. Students who screen positive for diabetes will be referred immediately to CSKT primary care or their private primary care provider.