MIND AND BODY FAMILY FITNESS EXPO PROMOTES PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS AMONG LOS ANGELES FAMILIES
Youth Policy Institute hosts health and wellness event to promote lifelong wellness for community members and families.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (LOS ANGELES)— On May 17, Youth Policy Institute’s (YPI) Health + Wellness Department will host its annual Mind and Body Family Fitness Expo at Lockwood Elementary School to promote lifelong wellness by raising awareness of physical and mental health through educational workshops and activities.
The expo will be free and open to the families and students of Lockwood Elementary School, as well as local community members, who want to improve their health while having fun with their families.
“Our Mind and Body Family Fitness Expo allows families to explore wellness in a setting that promotes family unity and exploration,” says Shawn Bolton, YPI Director of Community and Family Support. “It gives community members access to low-cost resources and tools to incorporate into their daily lives, empowering them to live a more healthful lifestyle.”
From 3 to 7 p.m., the Health + Wellness Department will promote physical activities and healthier eating habits by facilitating various activities. The physical activities will include Zumba and yoga while a ReThink Your Drink booth and healthy snack demo workshop will focus on promoting healthier eating choices. The event will take a holistic approach to promote well-being. Additional workshops will also include mental fitness, meditation, financial empowerment workshops, and a community art project. This year’s recreation area will feature a 28-foot rock climbing wall, an obstacle course and a leadership Sports Zone that will be led by Lockwood’s Student Leadership Club.
This yearly event is unique because it teaches participants skills they can practice anywhere and use throughout their daily lives. YPI will also share tips on how to make healthy smoothies full of fruits and vegetables that kids of all ages will enjoy.
The YPI Health + Wellness team will partner with several community partners, including Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, JPMurals and Food Forward to serve approximately 300 participants.
ABOUT YOUTH POLICY INSTITUTE
For over 30 years, Youth Policy Institute (YPI) has been breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. YPI reaches more than 115,000 youth and adults annually at 138 program sites in Los Angeles. YPI is the only agency in the country to have been awarded all three signature White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives: Promise Neighborhoods, Choice Neighborhoods, and Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation; and is the lead implementation partner for the Los Angeles Promise Zone. Together, these initiatives form a place-based approach to fighting poverty, improving educational opportunities, and creating access to jobs. For more information, visit www.ypi.org
This material was produced by the California Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch with funding from USDA SNAP-Ed, known in California as CalFresh. These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. CalFresh provides assistance to low-income households and can help buy nutritious food for better health. For CalFresh information, call 1.877.847.3663. For important nutrition information, visit www.CAChampionsForChange.net.