Laughter. Joy. Culture. Family.

These are the hallmarks of the Running Medicine program, a program of the Native Health Initiative (NHI) that has received support from UNM’s HSC Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and UNM’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

“We want all of our relatives, regardless of their background, speed, fitness, or abilities to feel welcome when they come out to walk or run with us,” says Shannon Fleg, NHI Partnership Director.

The 10-week fall season kicked off Saturday, Aug. 28 at Los Poblanos Open Space with more than 200 people in attendance. Running Medicine will meet four times a week at locations in the UNM area and in West Albuquerque/Rio Rancho. The group has kept its cost low ($15 per season) since its inception in 2016 thanks to partners such as Presbyterian Community Health, Western Sky Community Health, RunFit and Heart and Sole Inc.

RM began in 2016 as a program of the Native Health Initiative, a love-grounded non-profit organization. RM believes that movement is medicine for mind, body and spirit and has a vision of created a culture of wellness through walking and running.

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