Indigenous fitness program teaches teens healthy living through nature
The Alliance Pipeline Young Women’s Circle of Leadership (APYWCL) has sought to provide resources to young Indigenous women for the last seven years, and has this year introduced an Indigenous obstacle course and fitness program to address those physical challenges as well.
“I connected the Four Directions teachings, which is Cree traditional knowledge — Indigenous knowledge — and connected that to fitness.”
Misty Underwood, a graduate student from the University of Texas at Arlington, designer of the program and a descendant of the Muscogee Creek and Choctaw First Nations
While leading the group, Underwood instilled a sense of stewardship for nature in the girls, encouraging them to respect their environment and exist as codependents within their world.