The Healthy Active Native Communities (HANC) Project overall goal is to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce obesity rates in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

AAIP has identified three primary objectives:

  • To increase knowledge of evidence-based, CDC-recommended obesity prevention strategies among AI/AN communities;
  • To facilitate the development and implementation of sustainable nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention efforts that have lasting effects in the reduction of obesity;
  • To promote and disseminate AI/AN obesity prevention efforts and share results, lessons learned, and cultural adaptation strategies with AI/AN communities and stakeholders nationwide.


  1. Mini-Awardees Projects – Through a competitive process nine Tribal Health Departments were selected to receive a $5,000 mini award to culturally adapt and implement a CDC Winnable Battles Obesity Prevention strategy.
    • White Mountain Apache Farmers Market (IHS Community Nutrition - Whiteriver, AZ)
    • Expanding Community Wellness Garden and Recreation Complex (Indian Child and Family Preservation Program – Santa Rosa, CA)
    • Achievers in Health and Fitness (Acoma, NM)
    • Fun and Fit Kids Center (Oklahoma City Indian Clinic – OKC, OK)
    • Aquavik Center (Iguigig Village Tribal Council - Iguigig, AK)
    • Ho-Chunk Pallet Garden Project (Ho-Chunk Nutrition - Black River Falls, WI)
    • Community Garden Project (Sacramento Native American Health Center - Sacramento, CA)
    • Worksite Wellness Project  (Absentee Shawnee Health Department –Little Axe, OK)
  2. HANC On-Line Resource Guide – A website of resources and peer sharing and learning to assist Native communities in preventing obesity. Share your success today! (add link to form) (add screen shot)
  3. HANC Promising Practices Brief – Soon to come is a brief highlighting effective strategies, cultural adaptations, and outcomes of our funded partners as wells as challenges and lessons learned along the way.
  4. Peer Reviewed Journals – A literature review was conducted to learn effectiveness of recommended strategies in AI/AN communities. Visit our website to learn more about the research.
  5. National Dissemination Plan – HANC attends national conferences to promote and share the great work in Indian Country to prevent obesity. We would love to be a part of your conference. Contact us today!