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CANFIT Honors MO Project Winners at Childhood Obesity Conference

June 18, 2009

CANFIT Honors MO Project Winners at Childhood Obesity Conference

Source: Kaiser Permanente
On Wednesday June 10, 2009, 3:58 pm EDT
LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—From public service announcements and documentaries to poems and posters, 39 California students who designed creative ways to advocate for more safe play areas, more access to healthy food, and ‘mo,’ will be honored as “MO Project” winners by CANFIT (Communities Adolescents Nutrition Fitness) at the 5th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference on Friday, June 12 from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 S. Figueroa St. in Los Angeles. The theme of the conference is “Creating Healthy Places for All Children.”

“The MO Project gives young people an opportunity to tell their stories in their own words to state and local officials,” said Arnell Hinkle, executive director of CANFIT. “Their creativity advances the work of California youth in the California Convergence project.” The MO Project was made possible, in part, by a $100,000 Community Benefit grant from Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

CANFIT’s first online multimedia contest for youth ages 13-18 drew more than 100 entries from Los Angeles, the Central Valley and the San Francisco-Bay area.

There were 5 categories and one winning entry per category. The participants in each winning entry received an iPod Touch or Wii. To view the winning entries, click here. The winning submissions are:

•PSA - Make the Right Choice Too promotes the message that healthy foods can have long-term effects in our community. The producers are students from the Oakland area: Yen Nyguyen 15, Leme Tran 16, Deryion Gilliam 16, Christopher Gilmore 16, Juan Payne 16, Varany Lam 18, Hung Phan 17, and Kelly Truong 16, attend Oakland High School. Jeremy Lee 18, attends Laney College and Anthony Herbert 18, attends Edwards Shands Adult School.

•Short Story - Menu Labeling – South Los Angeles students discuss the importance of restaurant menu labeling. The producers are students from Wallis Annenberg High School in Los Angeles: Susana Martinez 17, Henry Guandique 17, Eduardo Carbajal 18, Gustavo Mendoza 16, Juan Valdivia 16, Britanni Marie Dighero 17, Jacqueline Leiva 14, Jessica Orellana 16, Itzel Contreras 13, and Carolina “Caro” Vasquez 15.

•Short Documentary - What We See in Santa Ana shows all the things students observe in Santa Ana that do not work for the community. The producers, from the Orange County area, are: Eduardo Valdez 16, Johnny Tozcano18, Irving Vilchis18, Karla Valadez 14, and Luis Gonzales 18, attend Century High School. Ernesto Sandoval 13, and Wendy Vilchis 13, attend Villa Fundamental Intermediate. Jose Rodriguez 14, attends Lathrop Intermediate School, and Carlos Rodriguez 15, attends Saddleback High School.

•Spoken Word - Nutritious Poem was written for the benefit of young kids. Poet Adrian Crosby 16, attends Le Grand High School in Merced County.

•Poster - Jovenes Sanos City Planning - The poster of an ideal city was designed by students from Watsonville High in Santa Cruz County: Francisco Serrano 17, Noemi Melendrez 18, Tania Guzman 17, Cynthia Lopez 17, Yette Rodriguez 17, Pedro Rodriguez 17, Brenda Jauregui 18, Xochitl Garcia 17, and Javier Vargas 17.

To view the winning entries, click here.

CANFIT also awarded five honorable mentions. Those winners received an American Express $50 gift card. The “We Need to Make a Change” entry was aired in a City of Bakersfield Council meeting to advocate for healthy changes in their community. View the MO Project movement on Facebook.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve and reducing health disparities through community partnerships with the safety net of community clinics, public health departments, public hospitals, and other agencies. Community Benefit also helps increase access to quality health care and coverage, regardless of income, through our charity care and charitable coverage programs; supports community groups to inspire people to make positive changes for health through our Health Eating Active Living programs and Community Health Initiatives; and shares our medical knowledge, expertise, and research to help Southern California people live healthier lives. For more info, visit http://www.kaiserpermanente.org.

About CANFIT

Founded in 1993, CANFIT, a nonprofit, works with communities and policymakers to develop culturally resonant policies and practices that improve food and fitness environments for adolescents in low income communities and communities of color.

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