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Sports 15 Jul 2013   »   by TheWhatItDo


July 15, 2013 (CARSON, California) — Polynesian dance and island reggae performances interspersed with adult workouts and kids’ fitness activities will get the feet moving and blood pumping at the 3rd Annual Ohana Community Health & Fitness Festival on July 27. The free, energy-packed event will take place from 8 am-6 pm at Victoria Community Regional Park, 419 E. 192nd St., Carson, CA 90746.

Pacific Islanders register some of the highest levels of obesity in the U.S., according to a recent study by the University of Michigan. More than half of Pacific Islander youth were overweight or obese based on their body mass index (BMI), and more than 80 percent of Pacific Islander adults had a BMI classified as overweight or obese. The obesity epidemic is one of the many health issues the festival will address.

“People are bombarded daily with messages about fitness and nutrition, and loads of programs and tools exist to help folks reach their goals. But, there’s a disconnect,” said Myron Mailo, Ohana Wellness Center president. “The goal of this festival is to expose kids and adults to not only a host of local community-based fitness programs but also the wide variety of exercise methods available, such as Hot Hula, yoga, jiu jitsu, Zumba, rugby and netball — those exercises they may have heard of but not experienced.”

The day will begin with a 1-mile Family Fun Run, an Ohana Youth Fitness Challenge, and LA Waves Netball, South Bay Youth Rugby and Rhinos Rugby exhibition matches. The main stage will kick off at noon with performances by Ballet Folklorico, Tupulaga, Common Kings, Tenelle, and more. Throughout the day, the festival will feature free health screenings, including mammograms, vision, dental, blood pressure, blood glucose, bone density and body mass, as well as a vendor village of community organizations and health-related products and programs.

For more information on the Ohana Community Health & Fitness Festival, visit or call 310-830-1766.

ABOUT OHANA FAMILY FOUNDATION: Founded in 2010, the Ohana Family Foundation launched with its two core programs: Doc’s Weight Loss Challenge (DWLC) and the Annual Ohana Community Health & Fitness Festival. DWLC is in its fifth season of helping some 500 participants each year reach their fitness goals through a “Biggest Loser-style” competition. Celebrating its third year in July 2013, the Annual Ohana Community Health & Fitness Festival is one of the few events of its kind in Southern California — a health and fitness event that primarily targets Pacific Islanders. Our newest program, the T.R.O.Y. Youth Fitness Challenge, launched in summer 2013.

Rita Scanlan
Communications Director
Ohana Wellness Center

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