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Oakland Promising Programs

On The Move Program and Running Is My High

Native American Health Center
Nutrition & Fitness Department (510) 535-4400 

Photo of Runners compete in the fifth annual Running is My High Run/Walk held at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

Runners compete in the fifth annual Running is My High Run/Walk held at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

The goal of On the Move is to provide inner city and rural communities with an accessible opportunity to live healthier, longer lives. Ideally, On the Move would like to increase the number of low-income community members who consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day and complete at least 10,000 steps by walking or doing other types of physical activity using a pedometer. Each participant receives a pedometer to measure the number of daily steps taken, weekly physical activity and nutrition information packets, an invitation to attend a five-week cooking class, and incentives for submitting weekly tracking sheets that include the number of steps taken, the number of fruits and vegetables eaten, and the total amount of water consumed.

On the Move's mission is to create a healthier community through fun walking and eating fruits and vegetables. On the Move can provide the participants and community an opportunity to learn, develop, and integrate healthier behaviors for a more positive lifestyle.

The On the Move program was developed by the Nutrition and Fitness Department at Native American Health Center located in Oakland, California. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Stamp Program, an equal opportunity provider and employer, through the California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families, funded this program.

The overall goal of Running Is My High is to engage community members in events promoting fitness, good nutrition and diabetes prevention. The events draw participants from the Native American community as well as runners and exercise enthusiasts from the San Francisco Bay Area at large. These events are an example of the Native American community's commitment to wellness. Running is My High inspires community members to continue to exercise and stay active.