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Walking ODDe Warriors

Organized by: Zoe Omega

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“Ua fuifui fa’atasi ae vao ese’ese” “We are from different parts of the forest but connected in one cause” - Samoan Proverb. An O.D.D.e Warrior fights Obesity. & Diabetes. with Diet. & exercise. We are 3 founding members of W.O.W (Walking ODDe Warriors) coming together from “different parts of the forest”: A formally 400lbs amateur tri athlete single mother and internationally award winning writer- an artist and food sovereignty advocate- and a proud transgender woman. (YAS GAWD) We are on a mission to trek 3,000 miles from the East to the West coast of Turtle Island/the North American continent. Our walk will begin on June 1st, 2016 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. to the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach, CA. Although our priority is to meet up with Samoan, Tongan, Micronesian, Fijian, and other Pacific Islander, as well as LGBTTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer) communities, the scope of our walk is to meet and make connections with anyone suffering from these diseases in the United States. In an effort to reclaim our health, our focus is to move our bodies continuously for 200 days. Our walk is to enlighten and raise awareness of the ever growing crisis of obesity and diabetes among our Pacific Island communities living in the U.S. and abroad. According to the U.S Center for Disease Control (CDC), 7 out of 10 American deaths are caused by diabetes. The World Health Organization (WHO) found that diabetes prevalence among adults in the Pacific region is among the highest in the world with 47% in American Samoa and 13% in mainland USA. A year 2000 meeting on obesity, prevention and control strategies in Samoa revealed that cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes accounted for 3/4 of all deaths across the Pacific archipelago. Along the way, we wish to honor and respect First Nations by engaging and sharing in each other’s indigenous knowledges as we move towards the Pacific coast. In unison, with communities we meet on the way, we intend to seed local plants as an act of honoring the histories of indigenous peoples upon the land. From the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C we will cross down to Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and then the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach, California in a movement to “Walk The Talk.” [route provided below] How to get involved? We cannot do this by ourselves. We need you and your support! Please visit our Crowdrise Fundraising Page, “see link below”. And make a donation TODAY! Every dollar counts. Your donations will go towards lodging, food and supplies over the next 6 months. We welcome and prefer community connections as opportunities for cultural conversations, exchange of health ideas and reciprocity to flourish. We ask that organizations or institutions who are able to provide members of W.O.W with accommodations Please contact one of us via Facebook. W.O.W members facebook Page: Ryannah Quigley Sia Figiel Mario D Lemafa All sponsorships will be acknowledged on our page to show our appreciation for your love and support as we take this journey. Thank you so much for your endless love and support and we would like to invite you now to join us on this journey for the next 6 months. BELOW IS A DETAILED LIST OF ITEMS AND SUPPLIES ALL DONATIONS WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO: Equipment / Items needed • A jogging carriage • Hiking bags • Camel water bags • Shoes • Sunscreen • Insect repellant • Pepper spray / taser / protective equipment • Walking cane • GPS system • Compass • Maps • Needle and thread • First Aid Equipment • Dried foods • Writing material • Flint / fire making equipment • Swiss Army knife • Thermals • Water purifier • Camera • Solar chargers • Flashlights • Rechargeable batteries • Panchos • Instrument – uke (Optional) Nutritional Guidelines As ODDe Warriors – we are fighting Obesity and Diabetes by practicing Diet and Exercise. We will do so by following the nutritional dedications: 1. Water as our sole source of hydration 2. No processed foods. 3. Focus on produce. 4. Development of recipes using indigenous foods. 5. Natural sugars only. 6. Walk 6 hours each day 7. Practice meditation and internal breathing

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