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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA Planning has been underway to ensure the success of the "Third Annual Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation" which begins in LeChee, Arizona on Sunday, October 27.
The 400-mile run will follow a west to east route through the Navajo Indian Reservation.
The run was initiated by Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim two years ago to bring attention to the health of the people and the increase of childhood obesity and diabetes throughout Indian country.
An informational meeting with Navajo Vice President Jim will be held at the Forest Lake Chapter on September 12 at 9:00 am where he will provide information on the purpose of the run, the route, and encourage community participation. A second meeting will be held on September 20 at 9:00 am at Ojo Encino Chapter for Navajo chapters in New Mexico.
Community runners and walkers are encouraged to participate in the chapters where the run will go through. People may register at any of the following chapters: LeChee, Coppermine, Kaibeto, Inscription House, Shonto, Forest Lake, Black Mesa, Rough Rock, Many Farms, Round Rock, Lukachukai, Red Valley, Sanostee, Two Grey Hills, Newcomb, Burnham, Huerfano, Nageezi, Counselor, and Ojo Encino; or online at the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Program.
“The goal is to improve the quality of health for our people, and hopefully reduce health care costs associated with obesity, diabetes, cancer, substance abuse, and mental health issues,”
Vice President Jim said.
“We are a strong people and have endured through many trials, but in looking at the future, we want our people to be stronger and healthier. We have many strong runners on the Navajo Nation, but we want people of all ages participating in this run to improve their health.”
The 20 Chapter communities have been identified as a hosting site along the run/walk route. Each Chapter will be coordinating health fairs and daily events. The Health Fairs will be open to everyone and will include free health screenings and wellness education booths from local and surrounding health programs.
Vice President Jim has appointed the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project again to take the lead in coordinating the run. He has extended his invitation to all health programs across the Navajo Nation to assist by recruiting runners, walkers, informational health booths, and providing refreshments for runners and walkers along the route.
“I would like to see all health programs participate this year by taking responsibility for a certain section of the run between chapters by recruiting runners and walkers; and by working with chapters for health fairs and informing the local people about living healthy lives,”
said Vice President Jim.
The proposed schedule is subject to change:
The coordinators of the run are encouraging local community runners and walkers to participate for their health and to set examples for their children.
Information on the run is available at the said Chapters along the route or by calling Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project at 928.871.6532.
posted September 3, 2013 12:57 pm edt