TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Summer is here again and Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) Health Promotion Program and Diabetes Prevention Program has kicked off their 13th Annual Just Move It 5K Run/3k Walk Series. TCRHCC Health Promotion Program started the run and walk series in Kaibeto on May 17 with 284 participants.
Jerilyn Slim, Physical Activity Specialist with the Health Promotion is happy with the turnout.
"The Just Move It is an annual event that is organized to promote the awareness of the prevention of diabetes through physical activity. It encourages individuals, families, and communities to become more active to make healthier choices," said Slim.
Every summer, the Health Promotion Program travels throughout Western Navajo and teams up with local chapters to put on the walk and run series for participants and families.
Each community involvement is different from the next. On May 24, the community of Tonalea hosted their very own Horse Trail Ride. The 15-mile trail ride started west of Tonalea Day School, with over 20 horseback riders participants.
As the horseback riders were making their way back to Tonalea Day School, the 5K Run and 3K Walk started. The run and walk had 325 new registered participants, and 97 returning participants.
"The Just Move It events have been going very well in each of the chapters and communities. It's really great to be able to offer not only the running and walking events, but a horse riding event as well," said Slim.
The Just Move It schedule includes:
Tuesday - Hidden Springs - Location - TBA;
June 28 - Bodaway/Gap Chapter House;
July 9 - Page, Ariz. - Location - TBA;
July 12 - Coppermine Chapter House;
July 19 - LeChee Chapter House; and,
July 26 - Tuba City Chapter House - Finale Event.
The Just Move It run and walk is free and open to all ages. Registration starts at 6 p.m. (DST). The run starts at 7 p.m., followed by the walk starting at 7:05 p.m. The Just Move It in Page is scheduled in the morning with registration starting at 6 a.m. (MST) and the run starting at 7 a.m.
"The JMI events are social gatherings and also a great way for community members, family members to get acquainted or just reconnect," said Slim. "I'd like to also see the community members use the series as a way to encourage and motivate each others to keep up with their healthy lifestyles. They play a vital role in each other's lives on a day to day basis."
At each Just Move It event, the Diabetes Prevention Program offers a free glucose screening check.
For more information about the Just Move It, call the TCRHCC Health Promotion Program at (928) 283-2404.