14th Annual Navajo Nation Just Move It Series

Contributed by: National Coordinator
Date: 6/16/06
The Navajo Nation began their Just Move It series of non-competitive runs and walks on May 7, 2006. This summer they have a total of 123 events. The series of non-competitive runs and walks are held in all 110 communities on the Navajo Nation and also 13 neighboring communities. The events are open to families and communities of all ages. Every new registrant who participates receives a free t-shirt (one t-shirt, per person, per year).

Over the past 14 years, the Navajo Nation JMI series has grown in the number of communities and participants. JMI began in 1993 with 20 communities and 482 participants. In 2005, JMI had events in 121 communities and 40,190 participants!

This year the logo for the Navajo Nation JMI series is based on a sashbelt. Over the years they’ve learned to incorporate their culture and tradition into their artwork. The Navajo phrase "T’áá hwó ají t’éego" means "It’s up to you". JMI encourages and motivates individuals to do something about their health and make changes in their lives to prevent diabetes and heart disease.

Just Move It is made possible by the commitment and partnership of the 110 Navajo Nation Chapters, the 13 communities neighboring the Navajo Nation, Navajo Nation Department of Youth, Navajo Nation Department of Behavioral Health Services, Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project, Navajo Nation Community Health Representatives, Navajo Nation Health Education Program; Navajo Area Indian Health Service Hospitals, Clinics and Staff, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, Winslow Indian Health Care Corporation, Navajo Area Health Promotion Programs, and various local community organizations.
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