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San Fernando Entry A Winner In National Video Contest PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 05:34

The "100 Citizens: Role Models for the Future" exercise and healthy lifestyle program video produced here in San Fernando is one of nine winning entries in the "Let's Move!" nationwide video challenge.

The San Fernando entry won the Popular Choice Award, given to the eligible video that received the most votes online.

The Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Eatonville, FL won first prize, and seven other entries received honorable mention.

Selectees were announced in Washington, D.C. by first lady Michelle Obama, who helped developed the video challenge for faith and community leaders to share stores on promoting wellness and fighting childhood obesity.

The "100 Citizens" program is a collaboration of the City of San Fernando Partnership for Healthy Families. Highlights included fitness programs in San Fernando Recreation Park staffed by Cal State University, Northridge Kinesiology student volunteers. The program promotes the idea that a healthy childhood begins at home, and for adults to be role models in a healthy lifestyle for their children.

A total of 61 videos were submitted from 21 states. Representatives from the winning entries will be invited to meet with First Lady Obama at a later date.

"I'd like to acknowledge the Sun and editor Diana Martinez for highlighting the '100 Citizens' program, and encouraging our San Fernando citizens to vote for these programs," said Steven Loy from the Department of Kinesiology at CSUN. "Because we won the popular vote, based on the number of votes received, everyone's voted counted.

"And although at the end, we appeared to be behind, one never knows what can happen so even if you aren't quite where you want to be, you just need to keep trying. I believe this message is the same with our health. We should never give up … we should keep trying new strategies and new activities to live a healthier lifestyle."

The "100 Citizens' program is still going on at Reaction Park in San Fernando on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:15 a.m., and is free Interested persons must first register at the Reaction Park office.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2012 05:47