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Running Medicine Opens Wellness To Everyone

University Showcase, Friday, 01/15, 8a:On this episode we talk with the group Running Medicine, which recently won a national award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that recognizes and honors those in sport who display an innovative and collaborative approach to making their communities healthier places to live. 

It was started in 2016 by Dr. Anthony Fleg, a huge believer in the power of movement. Fleg is an associate professor in the University of New Mexico Department of Family & Community Medicine. He and his wife, Shannon Fleg, a Navajo health educator, created Running Medicine to bring together multiple generations to move. That includes everything from running to walking to playing. All fitness levels are welcome. 

Groups have sprouted up in nearly a dozen communities including several pueblos. And they have found ways to continue bringing communities together even in the coronavirus pandemic.


Dr. Anthony Fleg, Associate Professor, University of New Mexico Department of Family & Community Medicine

Shannon Fleg, Partnership Director, Native Health Initiative

Brandi Ahmie, Laguna Pueblo member and leader in Running Medicine


Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.
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