Personal Trainer Who Produced Star Studded Events Featuring Michael Jackson & Queen Latifah, Now Creates Childhood Obesity Prevention & Awareness

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Personal trainer Vincent Ferguson started Body Sculpt of NY, Inc. a health and fitness not-for-profit organization to fight childhood obesity. In the 1990s Ferguson's organization focused on producing the Children's Choice Awards, where children get to vote and present awards to their celebrity role model. Now Ferguson has proactively joined the fight against obesity by creating the Walk-A-Thon for Children's Health and the semi annual Children's Sports & Fitness Expo.

I believe that if you introduce children to a variety of sports activities, they will find one they enjoy and will continue throughout their adults lives

Vincent Ferguson, creator and producer of the Children's Choice Awards, which featured celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Brandy, Monica and others now creates events to combat childhood obesity. "Childhood obesity is one of our greatest health challenges," states Ferguson. "Overweight children often become overweight adults, which is why I created Body Sculpt of New York, Inc., a health and fitness not-for-profit organization, so we could orchestrate huge events centered on obesity prevention and awareness, such as our Walk-A-Thon for Children's Health and the Children's Sports & Fitness Expo."

"With the nation combating an obesity crisis where two thirds of the adult population is obese and 19% of adolescents are overweight or obese, something has to be done" says Ferguson. He is a certified personal trainer, motivational speaker, author and President of Body Sculpt of New York, Inc. His organization's Children's Choice Awards enabled over 500,000 children from the New York tri-state area to vote for their positive role models in Film, Television, Sports, Music, Politics and Education. "The difference with our award show compared to others was that the children not only voted, but also presented the awards to the celebrities," says Ferguson. "We also required the celebrity to attend in order to receive the award from the children."

Now in 2009, Ferguson and Body Sculpt of New York are organizing their Walk-A-Thon for Children's Health. It is an annual event in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, where children and adults participate in a 3.5 mile walk around the park. According to Ferguson walking is one of the safest and most effective ways to lose weight. The Walk-A-Thon is a prelude to the organization's semi-annual Children's Sports & Fitness Expo, which will take place in the spring of 2010. The Expo introduces children to over 25 sports activities, nutrition clinics and health screenings free of charge. "I believe that if you introduce children to a variety of sports activities, they will find one they enjoy and will continue throughout their adults lives," says Ferguson.

So far the Expos have been very successful attracting up to 5,000 children each year with celebrities such as 3LW, Ryan Leslie, Pretty Ricky and others lining up to show their support. Ferguson is looking to spread the Children's Sports & Fitness Expo throughout the country, and is looking for celebrity support to help with his upcoming Walk-A-Thon and Children's Sports & Fitness Expo in the spring.

For more information on Vince Ferguson and Body Sculpt of New York, Inc. visit http://www.bodysculpt.org.

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