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January 2010 Volume 3

Animated series generates diabetes awareness
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North Dakota: The animated series, “Iktomi," is about a Native man diagnosed with diabetes. Viewers follow his journeys to learn about lifestyle and health care changes that can help manage his disease.

Iktomi is a trickster who’s always trying to fool himself and others. He doesn’t want to change his bad habits so he can stay healthy. So, Iktomi must learn valuable lessons about caring for his physical, mental and emotional health.

KAT Communications, Standing Rock Diabetes, and Aberdeen's Indian Health Service worked on the Iktomi's 5 programs: "Iktomi’s Walk With Diabetes;” “Mind, Spirit and Emotion;” “Learning About Foot Care;” “Learning About Nutrition;” and “Moving to Stay Healthy.”

The “Iktomi” series is aired on GoodHealthTV. GoodHealthTV is a health education network focused on culture and community programming. It offers practical tools for improving health and wellness.

GoodHealthTV gives rural communities a new outlet for learning about good health care. Besides diabetes, other health topics include behavioral health, elder health, heart health, men’s and women’s health, history and culture, and nutrition and fitness.

GoodHealthTV also broadcasts in clinic and health care facilities. This enables waiting patients to learn more about good health, health care programs, and community events.

Iktomi video library and educational materials.

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