Just Move It

Just Move It (JMI) is a North American campaign leading the path to promote physical activity for Indigenous People. JMI successfully engages communities toward an ambitious goal: to get 1 million Indigenous People moving.

  • Preventable chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, are hitting Indigenous populations at staggering rates. By expanding physical activity as part of a community lifestyle, a foundation of wellness can be built to fight this trend.
  • Many Indigenous communities are already taking steps to promote physical activity. JMI aims to strengthen these efforts by sharing what is working and building networks of Indigenous communities and programs.

The Just Move It Initiative (JMI) originated on the Navajo Nation in 1993 and expanded in 2005 to include American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities across the United States to help showcase the many local promising practices happening in the promotion of physical activity.

Success of JMI was noticed in Canada and dialogue was initiated with a common goal of expanding the reach of JMI to benefit First Nations and Inuit communities. The new Statement of Partnership was signed on November 26, 2013 between the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association (NADA), Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), and Healthy Native Communities Partnership (HNCP).

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  • Access to a variety of culturally appropriate physical activity tools and resources
  • Free promotion of your physical activity events
  • Connection with a growing network of Indigenous communities across Canada and the United States
  • Qualitative and Quantitative evaluation. Progress tracking: identify what works and what doesn’t
  • Program/activity reporting – unique website feature that allows you to print updates of your events -Satisfies work plan reporting requirements

You can download the JMI Toolkit to help plan and promote your community event!

Sign up today and share what kind of  physical activities or recreation programs your community is practising. Sign up at www.justmoveit.org 

To watch JMI related videos developed by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation Community Wellness Program and the University of Alberta School of Public Health Click Here.

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National Indigenous Diabetes Association Inc.
103-90 Garry Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3C 4H1

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  • The BC Aboriginal Diabetes CONFERENCE scheduled for March 16-19, next week, has been POSTPONED due to coronavirus risk. Under careful consideration and at the direction of the First Nations Health Authority, the Conference Advisory Committee has decided to postpone the conference until the fall. Donna, conference coordinator, is working with the hotel today to determine a suitable date in the fall. Those that have registered can be assure their registration is good for the rescheduled date, which soon will be confirmed.

If you have booked rooms at Lakeside, please call and cancel your booking.

Lakeside Resort 1800 663 9400.

This was a difficult decision to make, however the most important thing is to keep Elders and FN communities safe. Donna is in process of contacting those involved: facilitators, registered participants, vendors, etc., to let everyone know that we have had to postpone this event. 
If sick, stay home. Wash your hands, keep your sneezes and cough to yourself, into a tissue or your sleeve. Together through being vigilant we can keep communities safe and get thru this. Thank you all for your understanding.
  • NIDA staff attended the 5th Annual Bridging Indigenous Knowledge with the Latest Information on Commercial Tobacco Conference.

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