Tuba City celebrates Children's Day
TUBA CITY, Ariz. - On April 26, in addition to celebrating Navajo Nation Sovereignty Day, Tuba City celebrated Children's Day with an event at the Louise Yellowman Park that was capped off with a lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs.
It was a nice sunny day for the event, which was sponsored by Parenting Arizona. They were established in 1998 and are located next to the Chapter House.
According to Teresa Honanie of the Tuba City office, Parenting Arizona is a private, non-profit statewide organization with additional offices in Flagstaff, Winslow and Tucson. The center offers parenting classes every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to help parents learn parenting skills. They also offer home visiting services, prenatal and postnatal services for the entire family for children up to 5-years-old.
Honanie stated that many of us may have had a healthy upbringing, but may not have had healthy parenting and that it is time to break that cycle. For more information, call the Tuba City office at (928) 283-9133 or visit www.parentingaz.org.
Also present was the Navajo Nation Early Intervention Program. This program helps with childhood developmental delays or disabilities such as delayed speech or other learning disabilities and screens children to address the specific needs of these children. The "Growing in Beauty Program" helps children from birth to 5 years of age while honoring the culture and language of the Navajo people.
Bonita Todecheene and Lucy Nez were present to represent their organization. For more information or to schedule a screening for your child, call (928) 283-2341. Screenings can be held at your convenience.
Another organization present was the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Program (NNSDP) Wellness Center. Lena Edison and Ward Tsinigine represented their program to stress the need for diabetes prevention by better diets and more exercise. Edison stated that based on studies, rural Navajos are healthier than persons living in communities because they tend to be more active. She also shared that people living in communities with fast food locations tend to have higher cholesterol. So she and Tsinigine stressed more healthy meals and exercise to help prevent diabetes.
Tsinigine conducted an exercise track for the children to get them to be more active.
For more information or to request a presentation, call (928) 283-3058 or visit www.nnsdp.org.
Representing the Hopi Tribe's Child Sexual Abuse Program were Brenda Patterson and Sherrie Penn. Their Beginning Awareness Basic Education Study (BABES) program promotes substance abuse prevention education for children in grades K-6. They also promote a Good Touch, Bad Touch program to prevent sexual abuse. They also provide screening and assessments for individuals, groups and family counseling for children, youth and adult survivors of sexual abuse.
They are under the Hopi Guidance Center and can be reached at (280) 737-2685. They are willing to make presentations upon request.
Crystal Kewanimptewa of the Hopi Early Intervention Program Office of special needs from Kykotsmovi represented her program. She offered a bowling game for prizes, which was a big hit. They conduct screenings to recognize developmental delays and disabilities. Screenings are available for children birth to three. If you have any concerns about how your child plays or interacts, learns, talks, sees, moves or hears, call (928) 734-3416/3417 for a consultation.