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Park Co-Hosts Navajo Nation Fitness Event

Navajo National Monument

National Park News

On July 12th, the park co-hosted its third “Just Move It” community health and fitness event with the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Indian Health Services offices from Inscription House and Kayenta, Arizona.

More than 50 walkers and runners covered the three mile route, which started and ended at the visitor center and followed most of the park’s roads.   

The “Just Move It” program is a free non-competitive health and nutrition campaign for all ages that has held events across the entire Navajo Nation. The 2011 “Just Move It” events hosted 36,025 participants from the Navajo Nation and has gained popularity and grown each year in the number of participants.

Every new person who registers for this event receives a free T-shirt and a participant number. The number can be used again by participants at each event that they take part in. This year’s event was conducted with the help of Navajo National Monument and Canyon De Chelly National Monument staff and park volunteers. The event was successfully run by the utilizing ICS, giving NPS staff and volunteers practice and experience with the ICS structure.

Not only did the event promote taking action towards leading a healthier life for the participants, it also was an educational visit for the Navajo community, as it focused participants on the importance of the resources within both the park and the National Park Service.

“We usually just drive through (the monument), and walking through it makes a big difference,” said one participant. “It is a beautiful place with beautiful scenery that I now realize is preserved for our future.”

For more information on where the upcoming “Just Move It” (JMI) events will be taking place across the Navajo Nation, please visit and invite your whole family participate.


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