For Immediate Release Rick de la Torre, LACOE, Tel: 562-922-6360
Feb. 19, 2010
Gina Ward, Rowland USD, Tel: 626-854-8352
Ellen Morgan, LAUSD, Tel: 213-241-6766
at Schools Across the Southland
Kick-Off Announcement Events for Challenge Slated for Feb 23 at Campuses in Van Nuys and
Local Pupils to Join Teachers and Staff in Pledging
Their Commitment to Being Active, Healthy and Fit
WHAT: The 2010 Los Angeles County Physical Fitness Challenge — to announce the countywide K-12 competition that is part of a statewide effort to help
children get active, healthy and fit. The contest offers individual and school-based awards determined by the quantity of documented physical activities. California
WHEN: TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2010
WHERE: Van Nuys Middle School — 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
WHO: Student body pledging ceremonies to feature
of Schools Darline P. Robles with local school administrators and civic officials joined by Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld, chairman of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The Challenge is sponsored by the Council in partnership with county offices of education, school districts, cities, civic groups and businesses. county Supt.
WHY: Of the 1.7 million students attending
’s K-12 public schools, more than 40 percent are overweight or obese. The Challenge is an attempt to take action locally and statewide to help improve the health and fitness of children who are at-risk physically, emotionally and academically. L.A County
VISUALS / INTERVIEWS: In addition to the pledging ceremonies and fitness demonstrations led by students, Supt. Robles and Mr. Steinfeld will discuss the many ways children, teachers and staff members can become physically active.