Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

the PROTECTION way.(Health)

Byline: Jackie Jadrnak Journal Staff Writer

Pair puts together exercise video targeting Native Americans

Six years ago, Gary Rhine and Pam Belgarde were at a memorial service for Native American leader Reuben Snake when they noticed people filling up on frybread and sugar-coated coffee cake.

Wouldn't it be a great idea, they asked each other, to put together an exercise and diet video targeted to Indians?

Sure it would, they agreed and they kept agreeing every time they ran into each other in the following years.

This year, the idea turned into action.

Belgarde, a Turtle Mountain Chippewa from North Dakota, works with Four Directions Health Communications of the Navajo Health Promotions Program in Shiprock. She was able to snag some of the funding allocated by Congress to fight the diabetes epidemic among Native Americans.

And Rhine, producer/director for Kifaru Productions, a Malibu-based video and film company, raised money through donations to his company's nonprofit arm, DreamCatchers.

Last month, they were at work taping the video with some outdoor vignettes at Isleta Pueblo and studio work in Albuquerque. "Rez-Robics" is on its way.

Drew LaCapa throws hay bales to Elaine Miles in the bed of a pickup. "This is Rez-Robics," she explains.

LaCapa naps in the back of a truck, or sips on Coke while he leans against a bale of hay. "This is not Rez-Robics," Miles says. …

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