Chris Paul & 3,000 Kids Walk It Out!

Imagine getting to work out with role-model and All-Pro Chris Paul, as he prepares for the upcoming NBA season. For 3,000 lucky kids in the LA’s BEST After School Program, today was a dream come true.

Chris Paul taking a selfie with kids

For the third year in a row, Chris Paul’s CP3 Foundation and LA’s BEST partnered to put on a day of fun in the sun to teach kids and their families healthy ways to eat, drink, play and live.

It was a picture-perfect day on Saturday, September 27th at East Los Angles College.  Kids from 60 LA's BEST schools around the city rose early to beat the heat, eat, learn, and play at the 12th Annual Health Festival and CP3K Walk.

After the kids stretched it out with Chris Paul and event co-emcees Marissa Herrera and Tray Bain, they were ready to "walk it off" with Chris Paul!  The NBA star led 3,000 LA's BEST kids on the 3K walk around the college’s track. It was more than just a pleasant stroll – it was a lifetime memory, designed to instill the importance of health and fitness in the minds of a new generation.

Chris Paul leading the CP3K with 3,000 LA's BEST kids

This was also Carla Sanger's last Health Festival as LA's BEST CEO & President, as she is set to retire in November.  “We couldn’t be happier to partner with Chris Paul and his family,” said Sanger. “He has been a generous and loyal friend to LA’s BEST since he joined the Clippers three years ago. We support him. He supports us. And we both support the 29,000 kids we serve.”

Carla Sanger, LA's BEST President & CEO, with Chris Paul

After the walk, Meaghan Kennedy Townsend, founder of Kennedy Fit, helped the kids reach a new level of zen with a yoga session.  Ommmmmmmm.

Students were then let loose to participate in a variety of fun activities, including jumbo jam basketball, weaving in and out of obstacle courses, as well as visiting demonstration booths, where Vons volunteers showed kids how to make tasty healthy snacks.  The Vons Foundation has sponsored the Health Festival for four years and has helped install numerous gardens throughout LA's BEST sites.

Chris Paul shared the experience with his 5-year-old son, Chris.

Chris Paul and his son Chris hula-hooping

The two raced through the obstacle course, and then shared a hula-hoop lesson.

"I enjoy doing the walk at the Health Festival each year," Chris Paul expressed. "The kids have a blast and it gives me an opportunity to again reinforce the importance of staying healthy. I have worked with LA's BEST since coming to Los Angeles and it is a partnership that is important to me and my family."

In addition to a variety of physical games and activites, the Yoobi Bus made a special appearance and cause quite a stir of FUN!  Yoobi, a school supply company that gives back, offered a tattoo station and a bean-bag toss, as well as arts & crafts activities inside their colorful school bus.

"Navigating the Yoobi Bus amidst the sea of bright-colored shirts and smiling faces was extraordinary," said Josh Kaplan, Digital Marketing Manager for Yoobi.  "It’s so hard to get kids to participate in activities outside these days, and this event reminded us how fun it is to get out and play."

Tween TV entertaining the crowd at the 12th Annual Health Festival

Other highlights from the day include special dance performances from TweenTV's dance crew, an entertaining jump-roping routine from the Palpitating Panthers, as well as a couple performances from Arte Flamenco Center of World Dance Folklorico and Ramona Hall Community Center.

LA's BEST students at the 12th Annual Health Festival

We'd like to extend a special thank you to all of our partners and sponsors for the event, including the Vons Foundation, LAUSD CHAMPS, University of California Cooperative Extension, East Los Angeles College, Yoobi, Find the Children, Arroyo Vista Medical Center, El Pollo Loco, First Choice Dental, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Casa De Salud Medical Center, and the USC Active NAO! project, which uses socially assistive robots and remote sensing to help overweight children to be more physically active.

The Health Festival is a signature event of our BEST Fit program, which promotes healthy lifestyles by providing fun and engaging activities to over 29,000 students at our 195 sites. BEST FIT teaches LA’s BEST kids about nutrition including how to read nutrition labels, the benefits of water consumption and how to make healthier choices overall. Children take home the lessons learned and the whole family benefits.

Click here to view the full photo gallery from the event.

Photos by Ben Gibbs.  Contact Emily Roberts at emily.roberts@lacity.org for more information about the event.

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