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Ironman Champion Heather Jackson Bites Off A Deal with Kiva Sun Foods

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(Bend, OR—February 23, 2016)—KivaSun Foods, a Native American owned food company with the mission of showcasing Native American Foods to a global audience, is pleased to announce a partnership with Pro Triathlete, Heather Jackson.

Based in Bend, Oregon, Heather Jackson holds notable accolades and Championships including placing 5th at the 2015 Ironman World Championship, 1st at the 2015 Ironman Coeur D’Alene, and 1st at the 2015 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside. As an accomplished athlete, Heather knows first hand how important proper nutrition and fueling is and will benefit from the healthy, high protein, antibiotic and hormone free bison jerky from KivaSun. 

“Having a healthy snack option that is easily portable is key for when I’m on the go and traveling,” said Jackson. “KivaSun Foods products are high in protein and free of hormones and antibiotics. Their bison jerky is delicious and makes the perfect pre, during and post workout snack. I am grateful to have their support because I literally go through bags of this stuff!”

KivaSun was founded by full-blooded Native American, 4-time PGA TOUR winner, and current NBC Golf Analyst Notah Begay III. Begay also founded the NB3 Foundation, a non-profit designed to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes in Native American Youth.

“Our bison jerky is truly a snack for everyone – from children to athletes to anyone looking for a great tasting and healthy snack option,” said Begay. “KivaSun is committed to providing the highest quality, all natural food raised with respect for the land. We admire Heather’s dedication as an athlete and how she cares about what she puts in her body. We love how enthusiastic she is about our bison jerky and look forward to fueling her through a successful 2016 season.”

Jackson will defend her title at this year’s Oceanside Ironman 70.3 on April 2nd, and then race the Wildflower Triathlon on April 30th. Her main focus will once again be to compete at the Ironman World Championships pending qualification for the event.

KivaSun Bison jerky is offered in two flavors: Original and Hatch Chile, a subtly sweet chili flavor made from real New Mexico Chiles, which are an authentic food used by the tribes native to the Southwest U.S. Proceeds of sales will support the NB3 Foundation to help fund Type 2 Diabetes education for Native American youth. Competitively priced, each bag retails for $7.99 and are available for retail online at

About KivaSun Foods

KivaSun Foods was founded by 4-time PGA TOUR winner and current NBC Golf Analyst Notah Begay III. The company offers a complete lineup of bison products that are sold to both foodservice accounts such as Native owned destination resorts in addition to big box retailers such as Costco. KivaSun is centered around age-old traditions of Respect for Land and Reverence for Food. For more information, visit