L.I.F.E. Program

Lasting Indigenous Family Enrichment (L.I.F.E.) Program

NACA’s Lasting Indigenous Family Enrichment (L.I.F.E.) Program is grant funded by the Center for Disease Control’s, Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country (TPWIC) grant.  This grant supports tribal practice activities and events focus on building resiliency and connection between community, family, and culture while promoting a healthy lifestyle to reduce chronic disease risk factors.

Program Strategies:

  1. Intergenerational learning opportunities that support wellbeing and resilience.
  2. Traditional and contemporary physical activities that strengthen wellbeing.
  3. Seasonal cultural and traditional practices that support health and wellness

Program’s Intermediate Goal: Increase number of community members reporting stronger understanding of and engagement in healthy living practices.

Program’s Long-Term Goal:  Reduce morbidity and mortality due to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.  Increase resilience to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer through cultural practices and knowledge.

LIFE program blends cultural and contemporary practices to facilitate activities, support healthier lifestyles, while reducing chronic disease risk factors.

Carrie Dallas

Program Coordinator

Born for Hopi (Badger Clan) and Pima (Ant Clan) by my Navajo (Bitterwater clan) and Ogalala Lakota Oyate. Love my work sharing culture and tribal practices to re-indigenize eating and physical movement. My inspiration comes from my community; families and youth. In 1976, I worked as a NACA file clerk and returning to Flagstaff in 2014, being employed back at NACA fulfills that “coming full circle” feeling. It’s wonderful!

928.526.2968 ext. 165


Shonri Begay

Health Educator

Shonri Begay is the Health Educator for the Lasting Indigenous Family Enrichment Program. She is a member of the Diné and Tohono O’odham Tribes. She holds a B.S. in Biomedical Science from Northern Arizona University. She is a certified Personal Trainer and is training to be a Coconino County Master Gardener. Shonri is passionate about supporting long and active lives through fitness, outdoor education and healthy cooking using Indigenous foods.

928.526.2968 ext. 152


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