Let’s Move Long Beach! Take a Free Zumba Class at Health and Wellness Fair

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Lets Move Long BeachThe public is invited to a free ‘Let’s Move Long Beach! health and wellness fair  complete with zumba dancing on Saturday, March 24, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 604 Pine Ave.

“This wellness fair will bring together several local programs to help improve the community’s health through physical activity, eating right and having fun,” Mayor Bob Foster said.

The wellness fair will feature more than 40 vendors of healthy and active living, a climbing wall, a bike rodeo and a free zumba class that begins at 11 am. Zumba is a popular fitness program inspired by Latin dance with aerobic elements. 

“We’re going to get Long Beach moving with fun, healthy activities,” said Councilmember Robert Garcia, who represents the 1st District. “I know that people are going to enjoy this wellness fair, and all the benefits that come with a healthy, active lifestyle.”

First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move! campaign last year to help address childhood obesity comprehensively, including through the promotion of active lifestyles through exercise and healthful eating.

On February 7, 2012, the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved the creation of the Let’s Move Long Beach! Initiative. The City of Long Beach has been making efforts on many fronts to promote healthy lifestyles, including policies and programs to improve healthy food and beverage options and active living, walkability assessments, and more.

Obesity constitutes a public health crisis at both the local and national level. While obesity is one of the leading contributors to poor health outcomes and increased health care costs nationally, in Long Beach the problem is especially dire. Obesity rates are significantly higher in low-income areas, neighborhoods with high concentrations of mini markets and liquor stores, and especially among Latinos and African-Americans.

According to a recent study, an estimated 31 percent of fifth-graders, 25 percent of seventh-graders and 21 percent of ninth-graders in the Long Beach Unified School District are obese.

The event is made possible due to community partners such as the Molina Heatlhcare, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, St Mary Medical Center, The Children’s Clinic, Centro Cha, and Mecca Fitness. A new web site  www.letsmovelb.com  will provide on-going information on how to stay healthy and active, as well as a calendar of local events to help encourage the fun.

For more information about the Let’s Move Long Beach! health and wellness fair, call 562.570.6919.

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