SILVER LAKE — Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Olympic champion Paul Gonzales distributed medals on Thursday to 5th grade students who completed his inaugural Fitness Challenge, which accomplished the goal of promoting health and wellness among school children.
Elementary students from five schools in the 13th District took part in the event at Bellevue Park. There were 100-5th grade students total who hailed from Elysian Heights, Micheltorena, Ramona, Union Avenue, and Vine Street Elementary Schools.
“It was a pleasure to see all the students take part in the challenge with such great enthusiasm,” said O’Farrell who chairs the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and the Los Angeles River Committee. “We must do more to encourage young Angelenos to exercise and take part in activities that will help them live longer and healthier lives.”
A representative from the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) kicked-off the morning with stretching, followed by events at five activity stations including yoga, a one-mile run, and three different relay exercises. Olympic champion and Angeleno Paul Gonzales, who won a gold medal in boxing during the 1984 Los Angeles games, took part in the closing ceremony and helped distribute medals to all the participants.
The event was sponsored by the Office of Councilmember O’Farrell with partners that included RAP, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Yoga Works, and the Taglyan Cultural Center in Hollywood.