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Healthy Santa Clarita at Mitchell School

Pro Volleyball Player, Nutritionist, Local Teens Promote Good Health

What do Mayor Cameron Smyth, former Mrs. California Tami Hulcher, the City’s Teen Advisory Committee, and a pro-volleyball player named the 2004 “Queen of the Beach,” all have in common? They all will participate in a special “Healthy Santa Clarita” assembly at Mitchell School on Monday, April 11, 2005, at 1:30 p.m. Mitchell School is located at 16821 Goodvale Street.

The 2005 Healthy Santa Clarita program provides elementary and junior high school children with hands-on information and demonstrations about the importance of eating well, drinking plenty of water and getting daily exercise. In combination, these actions are helpful to growing children.

To help highlight these points, Olympic volleyball medalist and local resident, Annett Davis, will talk to the children about the importance of being active. Davis, a UCLA graduate, was named the 2004 “Queen of the Beach” at a tournament last year in Hawaii.

Additionally, former Mrs. California and nutritionist, Tami Hulcher, will perform a demonstration showing healthy verses non-healthy food choices and what they can do to a growing body.

Also at the assembly, children will see a fun demonstration courtesy of HopSports, local athletic trainers. Finally, the City’s Teen Advisory group, comprised of local teens, will teach the children “the Cha-Cha slide,” a fun and popular dance move that is also a great form of exercise.

The Santa Clarita Whole Foods Market is donating fresh fruit for the children, which will be handed out to the students. Additionally, the City will provide each student with a bottle of water at the assembly.

“We want to impress upon our youth the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and that includes making healthy food choices, drinking plenty of water and including some form of exercise in your day,” commented Mayor Smyth.

The City is launching a special Healthy Santa Clarita website this month, , which will provide a calendar of local events for healthy activities, tips for kids, teens and adults on how to lead a healthy lifestyle, plus a special business directory of City businesses that augment a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Santa Clarita, adopted by the City Council for 2005, is a program that came about in response to the concerns of the growing number of obese adults and children in the United States. One out of two adults is overweight or obese, and 54% of all adults are not regularly active. The prevalence of overweight and obese children and adolescents has doubled since 1980. Children now spend an average of four hours a day watching television. Approximately 300,000 U.S. deaths a year are associated with obesity and being overweight.

“I believe that through this program, we can have a real impact on personal health right here in our community,” added Smyth.

Healthy Santa Clarita at Mitchell School

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