Navajo Nation Vice President Nez Jump Starts a Running Event for the Tohajiilee Chapter

Published March 28, 2017

TOHAJIILEE, NEW MEXICO – On March 23, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez visited with organizations and chapter officials to start planning for the “Pray, Run, Eat Healthy, & Exercise Daily” event on May 17, 2017.

“I want to thank everyone that came to this planning meeting. We are excited to help bring a well-known ultra-marathon runner Scott Jerek to this event,” said Vice President Nez.

The “Pray, Run, Eat Healthy & Exercise Daily” event will feature a health fair, 5k course and an address from the keynote speakers.

“I am thankful for the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) for visiting and bringing different organizations to this community to help plan this event,” said Chapter President Mark Begaye.

“This group will be useful for the community to build communication efforts and volunteerism. When people who care come together, there are a lot of things that can be accomplished. Whether it is for youth, elders or veterans,” said Yvonne Kee-Billison.

The organizations in attendance were Molina Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, Pueblo of Santo Domingo, Running Medicine, Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety, Navajo Nation Behavioral Health Services, Community Health Representatives and Navajo Nation Emergency Management Services, and the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch.

“President Russell Begaye and I are really wanting to see our people succeed and take better care of themselves. The teaching of overcoming should be instilled into our younger generations to ensure a brighter future for all nations,” said Vice President Nez.

We all need to work together to promote a better quality of health for everyone in Indian Country, he said.

Vice President Nez and staff of OPVP also braved the weather in Albuquerque and ran with the Running Medicine group at the University of New Mexico North Golf Course. Running Medicine was formed as a program of the Native Health Initiative to create a culture of wellness through a supportive, loving community.

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