SOURCE: Drive Kids to Be Fit

September 07, 2007 17:51 ET

Childhood Obesity Program Kicks Off at Sherman Oaks Galleria With Movin 93.9

SHERMAN OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - September 7, 2007) - Drive Kids to Be Fit, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating childhood obesity, will kick off its school program at Sherman Oaks Galleria on Saturday, September 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Festivities during the kick-off will include a fitness challenge with cash prizes, free body map index testing (BMI), nutrition and fitness tips for parents and kids, free drawings and giveaways. The Galleria is located at 15301 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, CA. The radio station Movin 93.9 (KMVN-FM) has partnered with the non-profit and will be participating in the event. Councilmember Jack Weiss' (5th district) office will also be presenting a city proclamation committed to driving kids to be fit.

Drive Kids to Be Fit will begin its free 15-week fitness and nutrition program in local elementary schools in the San Fernando Valley in September. Trainers and Nutritionists from Max Fitness Academy in Sherman Oaks will visit schools on a weekly basis to teach 1.5 hour classes designed to teach young people about nutrition and the importance of physical activity. Drive Kids to Be Fit answers the call to school systems suffering from cut-backs to their physical education programs by taking an action-oriented, step-up-to-the-plate approach to curb the childhood obesity epidemic.

Drive Kids to Be Fit is a community partner in the National Institute of Health's We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) Program, which is a nationwide initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Max Hany Mikhaiel, CEO of Max Fitness Academy, developed Drive Kids to Be Fit as a means to help overweight and obese kids develop habits that will keep them healthy for life. "The goal is to reach every single overweight kid in the country," says Max, "by getting them involved in community activities, getting them out of the house and into being active." An after-after school program is currently available at Max Fitness Academy to children and teenagers ages 8 - 17 and offered free to low-income households, as well as personal training, where a child may work one-on-one as often as they need. Family mentoring classes are available and a parents' handbook among other materials developed by the National Institute of Health can be downloaded from their website at http://www.drivekidstobefit.org. Visitors to the website are encouraged to view and upload their childhood obesity videos and benefit from the wealth of resources on childhood obesity available there.

Drive Kids to Be Fit is the latest component in Max Fitness Academy's line of programs and services geared towards helping people of all ages develop and maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. Drive to Be Fit (http://www.drivetobefit.com) offers online personal training and is presented in a magazine format offering an impressive repository of fitness-related articles. "Your Roadmap to Fitness" is a step-by-step paperback guide book to developing a daily exercise regime and good nutritional habits (http://www.lulu.com/content/800243). Information on their corporate wellness programs, both online and in-house, is available at http://www.driveemployeesfit.com.

Max Fitness Academy is located at 15037 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks. For more information on Drive Kids to Be Fit, please call (818) 414-1629, email us (max@maxfitnessacademy.com) or visit the website, www.DriveKidsToBeFit.org.

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