Gallup — Getting people of all ages interested in exercise is the mission of Just Move It.
The program offers free, non-competitive runs and walks in communities in and around the Navajo Nation.
"It's a way to get people out there moving," said Roberta Diswood, recreation specialist with the Health Promotion Disease Prevention program at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock.
Just Move It will take place Wednesday in Berg Park, 400 Scott Ave. in Farmington. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., and the walk and run at 6:45 p.m.
The event will also have mini-exercise programs taught by instructors from Defined Fitness starting at 5:30 p.m.
"I think it's great to get people involved in exercise," Diswood said.
The Shiprock Just Move It program started May 4 in Tse Daa Kaan Chapter and has taken place in San Juan, Nenahnezad and Upper Fruitland chapters.
In addition to Farmington, upcoming Just Move It events will happen on Saturday in Ignacio, Colo., on Monday in Bloomfield and on Wednesday, May 21, in Huerfano.
The Just Move It program started in 1993 with 20 communities in the Shiprock area and had 482 participants that year.
Since then, it has grown to include the eight service units that comprise the Navajo Area of the Indian Health Service.
It went national in the mid-2000s, and, in recent years, it has expanded into Canada.
In addition to the run and walk aspects, some Just Move It events include other programs like Zumba, biking or Tai Chi.
In 2012, Just Move It took place in 140 communities and had 37,627 participants from the Navajo Nation and communities bordering the reservation.
IF YOU GO
What: Just Move It fitness series
When: Wednesday. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. Run and walk at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Berg Park, 400 Scott Ave.,Farmington
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