District 5K at Dodger Stadium in support of health & wellness

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will host its second annual 5K ‘Move It’ Challenge and Health Festival on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at Dodger Stadium.  In partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, this District fundraiser aims to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle among students, employees and community members, while raising important funding for the District’s Wellness Centers.

“The LAUSD is committed not only to the education of our students, but to their health and wellness as well,” said Chief Deputy Superintendent Michelle King.  “We know that healthy students do better in school.  With that said, our goal with this event is to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and to encourage families to visit our Wellness Centers to learn more about programs they can use to improve their health and the health of their families.”

More than a dozen LAUSD Wellness Centers offer FREE health and wellness programs and services, along with primary prevention education and parent education in their local communities. Statistics show that 27 percent of L.A. Unified students remain uninsured and 44 percent rely on Medi-Cal, an indication of the urgent need for the centers.

The LAUSD 5K ‘Move It’ Challenge and Health Festival Activities will kick off at 8:00 a.m. on November 22 with pre-event activities. The run/walk will follow at 9 a.m., with a health festival that takes place after the race until 1 p.m.  A separate 1K will be set-up for younger students, along with those who choose to run or walk a shorter course. Registration is currently open at http://moveit.lausd.net  through Sunday, Nov. 16, and on-site registration will be available on the day of the event.

LAUSD also joins its partners in hosting the event: The Los Angeles Dodgers, L.A. Trust, an organization aimed at improving student health and readiness to learn; Beyond the Bell, the District’s afterschool program; and the A.C. Green Foundation. For more information on sponsoring the event, please contact Rochelle Hardemion-Jackson at rochelle.hardemion@lausd.net or (213) 241-4113.