Shiprock Just Move It goes virtual this year

FARMINGTON — Dea Peshlakai balanced the clipboard against her vehicle steering wheel while filing out an application for the walking and running series called Just Move It.

Peshlakai was among dozens who visited Berg Park on June 23 to register for the annual physical activity program, which will take place virtually this year.

She explained that it is a series her family enjoys and participates in each year.

“We like to do activities with each other, to keep that closeness and that bond with one another,” Peshlakai said.

Just Move It is a fitness program that offers free, non-competitive runs and walks in communities within the eight service units that comprise the Navajo Area Indian Health Service.

Brian Sandoval, recreation specialist with Northern Navajo Medical Center, delivers T-shirts to participants who registered for Shiprock Just Move It on June 23 at Berg Park in Farmington.

Because of ongoing public health emergency orders for COVID-19 by the Navajo Department of Health, the series will not have in-person events at chapters within the Shiprock Service Unit.

Instead, participants complete 30 minutes of either walking or running each week from now through Nov. 16.

Roberta Diswood, recreation specialist with the Health Promotion Disease Prevention program at Northern Navajo Medical Center, said this is the second summer Just Move It has gone virtual.