GrowingGreat Hosts Fourth Annual Healthy Living Festival

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First Lady Michelle Obama has urged the nation to get moving toward a healthier lifestyle with her ambitious Let’s Move campaign hoping to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. British “Naked Food”chef Jamie Oliver has taken note and is attempting to revolutionize America’s eating habits in his new show Food Revolution. Non-profit GrowingGreat makes it easy to join the movement with their free community Healthy Living Festival, a fun-filled family event where visitors will learn to make healthier choices in food, fitness, and eco-friendly lifestyle. Come spend the day nourishing the mind, body, and soul with wellness experts, great food, interactive booths, and live entertainment.

“Whether it’s food, fitness, environment or lifestyle, the Healthy Living Festival will have something for all ages,”

GrowingGreat will host its fourth annual Healthy Living Festival (HLF) Sunday, May 16 from 12-4 p.m. at the 13th St. Plaza (Metlox) near Manhattan Beach Blvd. in downtown Manhattan Beach where attendees will learn how to live a balanced eco-friendly lifestyle, eat nourishing foods, and get healthy. For 10 years GrowingGreat has been inspiring healthy eating through school garden and nutrition education programs throughout Los Angeles.

“Whether it’s food, fitness, environment or lifestyle, the Healthy Living Festival will have something for all ages,” says GrowingGreat founder and event organizer Peggy Curry. “If you’re curious about greening your home, integrating therapies for your body, or learning new ways to relax you’re going to get inspired from our experts.”
At this free community event, attendees of all ages will get tips from wellness experts, participate in interactive fitness challenges, sample high-quality foods, and view the latest green products while enjoying live entertainment from band Leftover Cuties. There will be over 65 inspiring exhibits including nutrition and fitness experts,food samples, holistic practitioners, cooking and garden demonstrations.

Over the past 30 years childhood obesity has more than tripled. The generation of children growing up today is the first expected to have shorter life spans than that of their parents. Now more than ever a push for an increase in both knowledge of nutrition as well as healthy eating habits is needed. While First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Lets Move” campaign has been making headlines as it brings awareness to this issue in recent months, this is an issue that nonprofit organization GrowingGreat™ has been working on correcting for over a decade.

GrowingGreat ( has been leading the national trend as a nutrition education and school garden organization, dedicated to inspiring children and adults to adopt healthy eating habits. Its charge is to provide comprehensive nutrition education to school students, their families and community partners. They also implement a garden program, which gives students the opportunity to plant and harvest foods. Children are then able to taste fresh and nutritious foods and discover that they can be enjoyable to eat. Since 1999, GrowingGreat has reached over 28,000 students and families in the Los Angeles area by implementing programs in 20 schools and six school districts.

Many celebrities have endorsed GrowingGreat, including Tobey Maguire, Derek Fisher, Gabrielle Reese, Cat Cora, Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, and Kelly Meyer. Jamie Oliver, a media personality with a growing list of food oriented television shows has become known for his advocacy against using processed foods in national schools, both in the UK and US. GrowingGreat was recently featured on Access Hollywood—you can view the clip here:

HLF features something for everyone: play soccer with Chivas USA, climb a Fulcrum rock wall, rebound with Kagoo Jumps and experience yoga, pilates, and meditation. GrowingGreat’s (GG) chef’s showcase features local and celebrity chefs demonstrating how to make GG inspired dish with seasonal, local and close-to-the-source foods. Explore Raw with Rod Rotondi, Founder, Leaf Organics Executive Chef Author, Raw Food For Real People. Food exhibitors include Whole Foods Market, Mucho, Farm Stand, Veggie Grill, Sashi, and La Sirena Grill. For those seeking green options for the home and garden, attend a mini-eco session with water conservation and landscape experts Surfrider and Enviroscape.

GrowingGreat’s Healthy Living Festival is sponsored in part by Whole Foods Market, Applegate Farms, Earthbound Farms, Nature’s Path, Clifbar and the Manhattan Beach Farmer’s Market.

Event parking is available at the metered city lot under Metlox Plaza (entrances on both Morningside Drive and along Valley Drive outside Shade Hotel) and on Manhattan Beach Blvd. Free parking is also available at within walking distance at American Martyrs Church and off Valley Drive between 13th and 19th streets near City Hall and Live Oak Park. Look for signs on Manhattan Beach Blvd. for alternative parking options.

GrowingGreat is dedicated to inspiring children and adults to adopt healthy eating habits through collaborative school garden and nutrition programs and currently operates in 20 schools in Los Angeles, Culver City, Wiseburn, Manhattan Beach, Inglewood, El Segundo and Torrance School Districts. Serving over 15,000 children and their families annually, GrowingGreat’s programs are also implemented in Marin City, Ojai, CA and the Hawaii School District.

For more information or to get a complete list of HLF participants, please visit, contact Sarah Gelb at (310) 939-9216 or sarah(at)growinggreat(dot)org.

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