News Release

Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were joined by the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Program, 24 Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edison Wauneka, and Miss Navajo Nation Shaandiin Parrish on Monday, as they signed a proclamation to recognize the 10 Annual "Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation," which promotes health, prevents diabetes, reduces health-care costs, and brings awareness to obesity, cancer, and chronic diseases.

This year's "Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation" event will be a virtual run, beginning on September 7 to November 14, and themed as "Rise to Resilience, Rise to Strength and Rise to Beauty."

"Join us as we celebrate the 10th Annual' Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation' Virtual Run. Through the discipline and cultural teachings of running and physical activity, we can bring hope, resilience, and strength to our people and ourselves. Let us use this opportunity to prepare and strengthen our well-being so that we may continue to fight against this invisible monster called the coronavirus," said President Nez.

During the virtual run, participants will have the opportunity to choose their physical activity, such as walking, dancing, running, hiking, or horseback riding. Participants will monitor their daily physical activity miles and locations weekly for a duration of 10 weeks.

"This is also a great occasion to have leadership participate and become role models for others. It is good to see President Nez as a role model for health initiatives. As leaders, we need to continue to support health events and projects that will help sustain our future," said Delegate Wauneka.

President Nez and Vice President Lizer will join the virtual event, and they invite and encourage all Navajo citizens to support and participate in the wellness campaign.

"The event is open to all ages and to anyone willing to make a healthy lifestyle change. This is an opportunity for everyone to select their own health goals to achieve. Join with your family, and we can combat diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health issues together," said Vice President Lizer.

The virtual "Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation" is coordinated by the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Program. For more information, visit:

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