Indian Health Service and the University of New Mexico Prevention
Research Center partnered to promote living a healthy lifestyle
focusing on physical activity through developing the PAK. Key features
of the PAK include:
- The PAK program promotes "Staying on the Active Path...
a lifespan approach."
- The PAK program includes: Modified American Indian Games,
Exercise Breaks, Mt. Pathways,
Great Race, Native American dance aerobics and powwow dances.
- The program is designed for young people, adults, elders,
and contains different exercises
(strength, flexibility, cardio, and demonstration/activities).
- The set-up and directions for the PAK elements are explained
with teaching cues.
The PAK is based on best and promising practices to increase
physical activity. The PAK toolkit can be used in schools, communities,
worksites, Head Start programs, elderly centers, and youth programs.
The Goal of the PAK is to increase the time American Indians and
Alaskan Natives spend in medium to high physical activity for all
ages across the lifespan. While, the activities have been field
tested to be culturally appropriate for Native communities, others
might find PAK useful in their community.
Elements of the PAK
- Modified American Indian Games:
The traditional games insure safety while keeping their original
- Exercise Breaks:
Many of the activities promote how movement can be done in a small
space with little or no
- Mt. Pathways:
The challenge has six stations that focus on five trails with
increasing levels of physical activity.
- The Great Race:
A walk/run event that includes goal setting and daily charting
of physical activity.