The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will host its second annual 5K ‘Move It’ Challenge and Health Festival on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Dodger Stadium.
In partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, officials said the fundraiser aims to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle among students, employees and community members, while raising important money for LAUSD’s wellness centers.
“The LAUSD is committed not only to the education of our students, but to their health and wellness as well,” Chief Deputy Superintendent Michelle King said. “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. Officials said statistics show that 27 percent of LAUSD 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 a.m. on Nov. 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 moveit.lausd.net through Sunday, Nov. 16, and on-site registration will be available on the day of the event.
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