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Movement is the Movement

Leaders from 13 Indigenous Communities Join UNM Faculty, Staff and Students in “Getting Our Communities Moving”

Fifty advocates from 13 communities will fill the room Friday morning for a celebration of the power that movement has to improve lives.

Wings of America and Running Medicine are offering the second annual “Getting Our Communities Moving” workshop. The event promises to be filled with knowledge, inspiration – and lots of movement.

The two organizations feel strongly that a key to empowering individuals and communities to greater health is to get them active.

UNM faculty, staff and students are behind making it all happen.

Stacie Hurley, staff member in the UNM Department of Neurosurgery, has worked tirelessly to make the workshop happen. She also serves as the logistics/finances director for Running Medicine, a family-oriented running and walking program.

“I put in the hard work because I love to see the impact that running and walking can have on a family’s overall health,” Hurley says.

Rod Lansing, a long-time staff member in the American Indian Student Services on UNM’s Main Campus, serves as Running Medicine’s associate director and is one of the workshop’s facilitators.

“Movement of any kind is a great accomplishment for anyone,” Lansing says. “To have a community eager to instill a healthy lifestyle is my inspiration. It is a tough journey toward a healthy lifestyle, but with the support of a community it is an easier one.”

Communities represented at the workshop include the pueblos of Zuni, Picuris, Nambé, Pojoaque, Acoma, Laguna and San Ildefonso, as well as the Jicarilla Apache and Havasupai nations, the Navajo communities of Crownpoint and Farmington, and the Albuquerque-based Native American Community Academy.

Paula Herbert, a master’s student in the UNM Department of Public Administration, has seen her own life improved by getting involved with the program and is excited to help facilitate the workshop. “’Yes to healing, yes to moving,” she says. “Yes, movement is the movement!”

The workshop will include healthy food from Indigenous caterers Joe Romero and Florence Yepa, and is a zero-waste event.

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