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8th Statewide MO Project Youth Event in Long Beach, CA.

January 12, 2010

8th Statewide MO Project Youth Event in Long Beach, CA.

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CONTACT: Esmeralda Martin emartin@canfit.org PHONE: 510-919-4088 [url=http://www.canfit.org]http://www.canfit.org[/url] [url=http://www.moproject.com]http://www.moproject.com[/url] Long Beach, CA – “All children deserve to grow up in places that support being healthy.” CANFIT is partnering with Families in Good Health, Long Beach to hold the 8th statewide MO Project event in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, January 23, 2010. This project is the only one of its kind - a day where youth from all over the state can make videos and learn interactively through media how to get involved in improving the health of their community. Participants can enter the MO Project contest by uploading their videos, posters or spoken word pieces to [url=http://www.moproject.com]http://www.moproject.com[/url]. A total of five winners will receive either a Wii or an iPod Touch! For the “People’s Choice Award” category, youth can also vote for their favorite videos online. In the first MO Project, youth from all over the state made videos showing the everyday challenges affecting their health. The winning entries included videos about improving school lunch, creating safer sidewalks and starting a positive graffiti wall. On June 2009, 30 youth winners were honored by Assemblymember Tom Torlakson at the California Childhood Obesity Conference in Los Angeles, CA. “It’s really important to join the MO Project because it’s a fun and easy way to use videos to show what you want to change in your community and let your voice be heard,” – Julia, age 15 from Bakersfield, CA. MO Project has engaged over 500 youth in communities across the state in Merced, Chula Vista, Kettleman City, Santa Ana, Richmond, Arvin, Ceres and Long Beach. “Many of these historically underserved areas have limited access to affordable, healthy foods and safe places for physical activity. It has been truly inspiring to travel all over the state and partner with community members and youth to give them a platform to make change,” –Lloyd Nadal, CANFIT Program Director.
Event: MO Project Youth Event Place: Holiday Inn, Downtown Long Beach Address: 1133 Atlantic Avenue Long Beach, CA 90813 Date &Time: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 9-4pm
MO PROJECT is supported by CANFIT and made possible by funding from the California Endowment and Kaiser Permanente Southern California region. CANFIT’s mission is to work with communities and policymakers to develop culturally resonant policies and practices that improve food and fitness environments for youth in low income communities and communities of color. For more info, visit [url=http://www.canfit.org]http://www.canfit.org[/url].

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