OU Institute Announces Native Fitness Training

The University of Oklahoma’s American Indian Institute (Aii) has announced its Native Fitness Training to be held January 28-30, 2015, at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa in Mesa, Ariz. and March 25-27, 2015, at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

The Native Fitness Training is an introductory health promotion program designed to train individuals to become community fitness leaders and instructors. Upon completing this three-day intensive training, participants will be prepared to implement and instruct physical activity classes in Native communities.

“With more than 60 years of experience as a nonprofit, Aii is proud to bring together tribal members and health professionals to learn about physical activity and health promotion,” said Chelsea Wesner, conference coordinator. “We are committed to fostering a vibrant learning community, and we strive to provide a high quality experience for all participants.”

The Native Fitness Training is designed for anyone interested in fitness, those who have never had any fitness training and those who work in tribal wellness programs. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, exercise and weight management, instructional skills, class development, injury prevention and safety, special populations, choreography and legal considerations.

Aii is a department within OU Outreach, serving American Indian, Alaska Native and First Nation communities through training, technical assistance and professional development in the following focus areas:
• Health promotion and disease prevention
• Indian education
• Culture and language preservation
• Tribal leadership and human resource development
• Economic development

The Native Fitness Training will be held in conjunction with the 17th annual Diabetes Prevention Conference, January 25-28, and the 14th annual Native Women & Men’s Wellness Conference in March. To register for these events or for more information about the American Indian Institute, visit the website at aii.ou.edu.