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Urban Lotus Project: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth

State/Jurisdiction: Nevada
Setting: Community
Population: Adolescents & Young Adults CYSHCN
Topic Area: Safe and Connected Communities Health Promotion & Communication Nutrition & Physical Activity
NPMs: NPM 8.1: Physical Activity – Ages 6 to 11 NPM 8.2: Physical Activity – Ages 12 to 17

Urban Lotus Project: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth promotes physical activity and provides stress reduction tools to high-risk young people, who are often exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This specialized yoga instruction and mindful awareness is brought to agencies serving adolescents, inclusive of young people attending public or charter schools, those who are homeless, in foster care, as well as those residing in juvenile justice centers, transitional living homes, in-patient mental health, and substance use treatment facilities. This program supports Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant National Performance Measure (NPM) 8 to increase the number of adolescents ages 12-17 years old who are physically active at least 60 minutes each day. It provides a unique opportunity to reach youth who are disproportionately affected and those with special health care needs using a trauma-informed approach.

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Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Eileen Hough, MPH
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