Sacred Little Ones and Ké Early Childhood Initiative hosted a community health fair “Running Into the Future” at Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute on June 06, 2015. The purpose of the event was to promote healthy lifestyles through exercising, healthy eating, and positive mental health. The event included an inspiration speaker, community pasta dinner, fun run, health promotion booths, and lunch.
The event began with Caroline Sekaquaptewa as an inspirational speaker. She was the first Hopi woman to complete an Ironman triathlon in 2012 and competed again in 2014. She expressed her goal of always wanting to participate in the highly competitive Ironman triathlon. She shared her story of her physical and mental determination in preparing for the event. She was an inspiration to those in attendance. Ms. Sekaquaptewa is a phenomenal athlete and definitely will continue to be an inspiration to many more American Indian people.
Families participated in two fun runs, one for all ages and another for the children. The participants were provided proper ways to stretch out before running races. A prayer was provided before the race. Apache songs were sung throughout the time of the race by a member of the White Mountain Apache tribe. This was very motivational to heart and mind. The event provided an opportunity for families to be active and spend time together.
Community health organizations set up booths at the event. The booths promoted healthy foods, breast-feeding, literacy, herbal medicine, massage therapy, health insurance and optometry services.