Running Medicine: Mind, Body, and Spirit Wellness Through Walking and Running

Anthony Fleg, MD, MPH; Danielle Kie; Rod Lansing; Stacie Hurley; Lynette Padilla


Ann Fam Med. 2019;17(5):466 

In This Article

The Innovation

Getting our patients and communities moving is challenging, with too few outlets for families to exercise together in low-cost, inclusive spaces. Running Medicine (RM) ( came from a vision of the Native Health Initiative (NHI) to provide such a program. Running Medicine has found a unique blend of intergenerational play, partnerships, and culturally grounded wellness creating an inclusive space for movement. The program operates as a program of a nonprofit partnership, the NHI, and like all NHI programs, is very intentionally strength based in all of its elements.