After a brief welcome by honorable Huntington Beach city councilman and Mayor pro-tem Mr. Devon Dwyer, the walk was opened by students holding the start line ribbon and a student to cut it. Many other walkers, mostly from Orange County communities, joined the students, families ,Ms Laura Del Posh (the school principal) and several teachers and staff, to raise the community awareness about threats to children nutrition worldwide, from hunger to obesity.
Smiling children, happy families and participants walked 5 kilometers on the beautiful shorelines in bright green and yellow T-shirts with a simple logo on it, saying Champs. With Fana Global Foundation as the sponsor of this project, we were proud to be leaders of our community to spread the message of not only this worthy cause, but a huge undertaking to transform the children wellness globally. Crossing the finish line, participants enjoyed a great yoga session, massage sessions, art stations, dancing with great music and won great prizes and gifts.
Once again the proceeds of the walk will mainly support the after school wellness programs at Oak View Elementary School in Huntington Beach. These classes are open to children of all grades and their families twice a week throughout the school year. These include physical exercise taught by registered physical therapists, martial arts, yoga, dental hygiene, nutrition classes. A doctor of psychology will begin a new class this year to provide education about bullying and its management. The school nurse and volunteers will measure the BMI (Body Mass Index) of the students attending these classes to compare with the general BMI score in the school.
It was a fun event on a beautiful day and a great opportunity to raise community awareness, especially during the month of September which was designated child obesity prevention month by the President.
For further information about free membership and volunteering in Fana Global Foundation and its projects, please look up www.fanaglobal.org.