"Stay Fit, Have Fun" Event at LA School Motivates to Kids Get Healthy

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As a follow-up to the May 10 “Stay Fit, Have Fun” day at Westport Heights Elementary School, sponsors are donating to the school’s Booster Club to fund on-going physical education classes at the Los Angeles elementary school. The event was a huge success according to co-sponsors: the Children’s Obesity Fund, its co-founders Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi and nationally recognized skateboarder Manny Santiago.

Sponsors of the “Stay Fit, Have Fun” event are pleased with the enthusiastic response received from the students and staff of Westport Heights Elementary School. To reinforce the event’s messages about the importance of healthy choices and active lifestyles, the Children's Obesity Fund is donating to the school’s Booster Club to fund on-going physical education classes. The Children’s Obesity Fund and its co-founders Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi are co-sponsors with professional skateboarder Manny Santiago, of the special educational and activity-filled day. Nearly 500 students and staff of the Los Angeles school attended the event held on May 10, 2013.

“This was our first ‘Stay Fit, Have Fun” event and we are thrilled at the tremendous reception from attendees and the great level of excitement exhibited. It’s important to reinforce the healthful messages delivered to the kids, and ensuring that physical education classes continue to be available at the school is a great way to do that,” according to Dr. Michael Omidi, co-founder of Children’s Obesity Fund.

“I had such a blast with the kids at Westport Heights,” says professional skateboarder Manny Santiago, event co-sponsor and speaker. “Getting outside, having fun and being active are critical components of being healthy. I hope that message, along with the fun-filled day and all it entailed, leaves a lasting impression on kids and adults alike.”

On Friday, May 10, 2013 nearly 500 students and staff members of Los Angeles’ Westport Heights Elementary School enjoyed a fun-filled day with a thrilling skateboarding demonstration by Manny Santiago and Dave Bachinski who are members of the national competitive team for OC Ramps. In addition, Santiago also addressed attendees to share his enthusiasm for fitness and healthy choices and his love for kids. Attendees all received a nutritious snack from the local Whole Foods Market and bottles of 100% spring-fed water from People Water. First through third grade students were gifted a copy of the I AM Foundation’s book, “I am Healthy! Affirmations for Health and Well-being” that encourages healthy choices regarding food, exercise, and daily activities.

According to Westport Heights Principal Karen Long, “There is nothing like a thrilling demonstration filled with quarter pipes, rails, and triangle stairs to excite and engage children. Staff and parents alike are so thankful for this fun and insightful day provided for our students. The event was a tremendous effort alone, but then to also ensure an ongoing impact to reinforce the importance of health and activity … I’m very grateful to the Children’s Obesity Fund, Manny Santiago, and all of the event sponsors for their generous and caring spirits.”

The Westport Heights Booster Club (http://www.whesboosterclub.org/index.html) is a hybrid organization of school supporters that includes parents, school staff and members of the community. By working together, the groups ensure successful school experiences for all the school students and supports school programs such as computer labs, field trips, book fairs, student contests, and physical education classes.

ABOUT THE EVENT CO-SPONSORS:

The CHILDREN’S OBESITY FUND (http://www.childrensobesityfund.org), co-founded by Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, hopes to help reverse the trend of rising obesity rates in America. Children’s Obesity Fund partners with other organizations to educate and support parents, educators and others so that we can all work together to raise healthy, active, social, and happy children. While the organization does not accept donations, it encourages direct contributions of money and talents to the associations featured on our website.

Manny Santiago (http://www.mannyslaysall.com) is a professional skateboarder known for his undeniable skills, ever-present smile and infectious enthusiasm. To remain competitive in his sport, Santiago is an avid trainer and vegetarian. A new dad, his latest desire is to reach out to kids and share his passion for staying fit and healthy, and of course, for skateboarding. Santiago and his childhood friend and fellow skateboarder Dave Bachinski will demonstrate their jumps and moves using high quality wooden skateboard ramps from OC Ramps. Santiago and Bachinski are members of the OC Ramps National Skateboarding Team, competing under the popular banner: Skate for Life!

ABOUT EVENT PARTICIPANTS AND SPONSORS:

The I AM Foundation (http://www.iamfoundation.org) seeks to empower children and adults to make a positive difference in our world by publishing and gifting books and music with inspiring messages. Its signature publication, “The I AM! Affirmation Book” has been gifted in more than 50 countries and has been being translated into tens of languages.

The NEXT UP FOUNDATION (http://www.nextupfoundation.com) is a grassroots foundation dedicated helping underserved youth overcome their challenges to become successful and flourish. Its primary mission is to serve as a resource for young people in underserved communities; providing guidance through action sports activities, supplying free athletic equipment, mentoring and supervision.

OC RAMPS (http://www.ocramps.com) set up a series of ramps for the skateboard demonstration by Santiago and Bachinski. The organization has built custom, wooden skateboard ramps since 1997. All of their high-quality ramps are delivered in easy-to-assemble kits that require only a few hours to put together.

PEOPLE WATER (http://www.peoplewater.com) donated more than 500 bottles of water for school children and staff. For every bottle of People Water consumed, the company donates water to an area where clean water is scarce and sorely needed.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET in El Segundo (http://www.wholefoodsmarkets.com), which serves the neighborhoods surrounding Westport Heights, donated healthy snacks for event attendees. The grocery chain is known for providing the finest natural and organic foods available and maintains the strictest quality standards in the industry.

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