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Golfer talks Native American health in New Mexico visit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The PGA Tour’s first full-blooded Native American golfer and his nonprofit foundation are working to improve Native American health.

Notah Begay spoke to a crowd in December at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and said childhood obesity “drastically impacts everyone in this room, because of the huge health care costs coming down the road” if the issue isn’t seriously addressed, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2gPADNI ).

“This isn’t a place I thought I’d be standing when I picked up a pair of used golf clubs at the age of 6,” Begay said.

Begay’s NB3 Foundation seeks to reverse Type 2 diabetes and reduce obesity among Native American children. Over 10,000 young people participated in the first national NB3Fit Day. The event was intended to raise awareness and get native communities active.

A partnership between the organization and the Johns Hopkins Center for Indian Health is intended to boost nutrition and get young Native Americans into sports and fitness.

Begay, 44, is also a brand ambassador for the accounting firm REDW. He is working to expand the firm’s presence on native land to teach financial skills.

Begay, who is also a commentator on NBC’s Golf Channel, graduated from Albuquerque Academy and Stanford University.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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