I AM Foundation’s Donation for School Event Underscores the Importance of Health & Fitness

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The I AM Foundation has graciously donated books for the children at Westport Heights Elementary School in conjunction with the “Stay Fit. Have Fun Day” scheduled for May 10, 2013. This motivational, health-orientated event will feature a skateboard demonstration by professional Manny Santiago along with special guests and fun activities.

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The Children’s Obesity Fund and its co-founders Michael Omidi, M.D. and Julian Omidi, are co-sponsors with professional skateboarder Manny Santiago, of a special educational and activity-filled event, entitled “Stay Fit. Have Fun Day” at Westport Heights Elementary School. The Omidi brothers and Manny appreciate the I AM Foundation’s donation of the book, “I am Healthy! Affirmations for Health and Well-being” which will be gifted to the school’s first, second and third grade classes. The book encourages children, parents, and teachers to make healthy choices regarding food, exercise and other daily activities. It includes a workbook section along with articles and teaching aids for parents and teachers.

“The positive messaging in the I AM Healthy book makes it the perfect complement to the 'Stay Fit. Have Fun Day.' Its life lessons about health and improved self-esteem will undoubtedly make a positive difference in the lives of the Westport Heights students,” says Julian Omidi, co-founder of Children’s Obesity Fund which is a Stay Fit. Have Fun Day co-sponsor. “My brother Dr. Michael Omidi and I have worked with the I AM Foundation before. We are excited for them to be involved in this event and appreciate their continued support.”

On Friday, May 10, 2013 the nearly 500 students of Westport Heights Elementary School in Los Angeles will enjoy a fun-filled day with an exciting skateboarding demonstration by Manny Santiago and Dave Bachinski who are members of the national competitive team for OC Ramps. Manny will also share his enthusiasm for fitness and healthy choices and his love for kids. Attendees will also receive nutritious snacks from the local Whole Foods Market and bottles of 100% spring-fed water from People Water.

“I’m really stoked about this event and appreciate all of the sponsors who have come together to make it happen. Particularly the I Am Foundation, whose books and materials are uniquely suited to the cause of the day -- inspiring young people to follow their dreams and live happy, healthy lives,” says professional skateboarder Manny Santiago, co-sponsor of the Stay Fit. Have Fun Day. “I am grateful to the Children’s Obesity Fund for their help in coordinating and publicizing this event. I hope that this fun-filled day and all it entails leaves a lasting impression on kids and adults alike.”

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. The Foundation's signature publication, “The I AM! Affirmation Book” has been gifted in more than 50 countries and has been being translated into tens of languages. Founded in 1998 as a 501(c)3 educational non-profit, the I AM Foundation’s goal is to instill billions of children and adults with a healthy self-image, teach them to love and feel loved, and suggest ways to positively contribute to one another. This domino effect creates a better world for generations to come.


The Children’s Obesity Fund (http://www.childrensobesityfund.org), co-founded by Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi, M.D., 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 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. Manny and his childhood friend and fellow skateboarder Dave Bachinski will demonstrate their jumps and moves using high quality wooden skateboard ramps from OC Ramps. Manny and Dave are members of the OC Ramps National Skateboarding Team, competing under the popular banner: Skate for Life!


People Water (http://www.peoplewater.com) will donate 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.wholefoodsmarket.com), which serves the neighborhoods surrounding Westport Heights, is donating healthy lunches 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.

OC Ramps (http://www.ocramps.com) has been building 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.

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