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Because of skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity in young children and teens, parent groups chose to implement a Healthy Kids Club program policy in collaboration with Food 4 Less to help fight childhood obesity in the North Hills and Panorama City area.
Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Center for Healthier Communities, Heath Educators, Joel Torres and Dalia Rodriguez, facilitated meetings to develop the Healthy Kids Club pilot program. Parents volunteered to help during the inaugural event on April 12th that launched this 6 week-long event. From conducting phone calls to distributing program packets at Food 4 Less, parents and Health Educators have worked together to make the Healthy Kids Club program an integral part of their daily lives.
Joel Torres, Dignity Health Northridge Hospital’s Health Educator is also an alumni of Noble Elementary School. Mrs. Esther Leon, the school’s principal frequently mentions to the children of the great opportunities Joel has to give back to the school he was once a part of and continues to support with projects like this throughout the year.
Food 4 Less donations of water, cantaloupes, oranges, grapes, and incentives of re-useable water bottles, portion plates, and bags will be ready for pick up at Food 4 Less Panorama City location around 9am. Items will be picked up by Dignity Health staff and delivered to Noble Elementary School.
Morning or afternoon (TBD) Parent volunteers might do some or all of the fruit preparation for next day’s event.
11:30 a.m. Performances - Children performances. Parents are invited to come and watch.
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Event set up
12:45 – 2:30 p.m. Festivities
Location: School yard - Each grade level is responsible for representing a culture’s art or game and provides a typical food.
12:45 – 2:30 p.m. Healthy Kids Club (NHMC) and Food 4 Less –
Distribute prizes for Healthy Kids Club booklet completion.
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Healthy Kids Club (NHMC) and Food 4 Less
Conduct 6 raffles starting at 1:00pm at 15 minute intervals ending at 2:15 p.m.
1:05 p.m. Healthy Kids Club (NHMC) and Food 4 Less
(LAC-DPH) Present Food 4 Less with Supervisor Kuehl’s certificate and possibly a certificate from Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian’s office.
1 – 2 p.m. approximately Zumba/Cardo kickboxing
Location: School yard
2-3 sessions of Zumba/cardio kickboxing each session lasting about 15-20 minutes in length.
2:30 p.m. – Event ends. *Note: Last year’s event went till 3pm.
Christina Zicklin, Southern California External Communications Director