(PRWEB) March 06, 2014
In an effort to encourage active play among elementary school children, Children’s Obesity Fund is helping to fund the restoration of a school playground. Long Beach’s New City School 10,000 square foot playground is comprised of a large playing field, a grassy knoll, a jungle gym area, and a school garden which all told, provide a very active recreational space for the elementary-aged students.
“It is extremely important to encourage active, vigorous play for young children, so that they not only become socialized and learn teamwork, but also get much needed exercise,” says Dr. Michael Omidi, cofounder of Children’s Obesity Fund. “Giving children the resources for healthy activity is vital for their development, and we are proud to help New City Public Schools in Long Beach revitalize their playground for just that purpose.”
New City School’s goals for the playground renovation are to create a wide and suitable space for organized sports such as soccer and tag, build a school garden to teach horticulture, and restore the jungle gym. Moreover, because the field will be covered with synthetic turf, the project will conserve water resources in the long run, as well as mitigate allergens, dust and mud.
The New City School (http://www.newcityps.org) was first established in 2000 as a charter school by two public school teachers to serve the diverse and bilingual Long Beach community. As one of the few language immersion schools in the school district, New City School has a student population of 430 kindergarten through eighth grade students, half of which are English language learners. The playground will not only serve the New City School students during the regular school day, but also during the afterschool program.
Cofounded by Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, the Children’s Obesity Fund (http://www.childrensobesityfund.org) hopes to help reverse the trend of rising obesity rates in America. The goal of the non-profit charity is to help people fully understand the obesity issue and its dire impacts on individuals and society as a whole -- and to use that knowledge to encourage children to grow up strong and healthy. 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 does encourage direct contributions of money and talents to the associations featured on our website. Children’s Obesity Fund is on Facebook as well as Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.