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Los Angeles High School Tackles Childhood Obesity on the Field while Learning New Fitness Activities on Friday, June 1st

May 24, 2012 - Press Release

In efforts to combat childhood obesity, teach adolescents new fitness activities and healthy eating habits, students at Roosevelt High School will experience a special event geared towards fitness and education.  Students will put their fitness to the test by participating in obstacles, rock climbing, learning new moves with Zumba, blender bicycles and more.  As the United States faces shortages in doctors, AltaMed also seeks to encourage adolescents to pursue careers in the medical field through this event.

Thirty-eight percent of children statewide were obese or overweight last year, a 1.1% decline from five years earlier. The rates in Los Angeles County dropped by 2.5% to about 42% last year, according to the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. The decline in childhood obesity is credited to educational programs offered to Los Angeles adolescents.

At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

When: Friday, June 1, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  

Where: Roosevelt High School, 456 S. Mathews St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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