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Mailing Address:

Sally Davis, PhD, Director
MSC11 6145
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

Physical Location:

2703 Frontier Ave NE
Research Incubator Building (RIB) Suite 120
(The nearest cross-streets are Frontier Avenue NE and Vassar Drive NE)

Phone: (505) 272-4462
Fax: (505) 272-3955


Pathways Overview

Pathways was a school-based health-promotion program involving physical activity, nutrition, classroom curriculum and families. The study aimed to prevent obesity among Native American children by promoting increased physical activity and healthful eating.

The University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center carried out the research, which was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.


Pathways includes four components with materials that teachers, school staff and health-promotion practitioners can use:

For best results, educators should implement all four components together.


Pathways participants were 1,704 third- through fifth-grade children from 41 schools in seven American Indian Nations:

  • Gila River Indian Community
  • Navajo Nation
  • Oglala Lakota Nation
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe
  • Sicangu Lakota Nation
  • Tohono O’odham Nation
  • White Mountain Apache Tribe

To develop and implement Pathways, the tribes worked with five universities:

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina