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Running Medicine is being touted as an effective approach to addressing childhood overweight issues.

Running Medicine’s 6th season begins this Saturday, August 19, at the UNM North Golf Course with plans for 11 weeks of fun, family and fitness for UNM and the larger Albuquerque community.

Launched in 2016, Running Medicine was created with the understanding that running and exercise is a beautiful and potent medicine for mind, body and spirit. Formed as a program of The University of New Mexico Native Health Initiative, the vision is to create a culture of wellness through a supportive, loving community.

“This weekend promises to be exciting and fresh,” says Veronica Hutchison, a UNM undergraduate who will be one of the program’s leaders this fall. “We will begin training for a half marathon this fall and incorporating a ‘Food is Medicine’ component to the program. We also have two groups that have decided to take Running Medicine to their communities – one in Taos, NM, and one in Kayenta, AZ.”

The August 19 program kicks off with a traditional blessing. Running Medicine will then meet three times a week for “celebrations,” or practice, through early November.

The program also is being profiled as a promising approach to address childhood overweight issues in a PBS program, BIG Healthy Life, to air in the upcoming weeks.

Running Medicine has many partners in its work to create a family-friendly, inclusive environment for fitness, including UNM’s Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine programs, Presbyterian Community Health, Heart and Sole, Kohl’s, Bosque Running Shop, Brooks Sports and the Albuquerque Isotopes.

“This program is about the power of ‘we’ and that includes the many organizations and businesses that have contributed to making this program grow as it has,” says Running Medicine Director Anthony Fleg, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the UNM Department of Family and Community Medicine.

For more news on the program, find Running Medicine on Facebook or email Fleg at afleg@salud.unm.edu.