The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) recently held its second annual 5K ‘Move It’ Challenge and Health Festival at Dodger Stadium. In partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the District fundraiser endeavors to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle among students, employees and community members, while raising important funding for the District’s Wellness Centers.

“The LAUSD is committed not only to the education of our students, but to their health and wellness as well,” said Chief Deputy Superintendent Michelle King. “We know that healthy students do better in school. With that said, our goal with this event is to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and to encourage families to visit our Wellness Centers to learn more about programs they can use to improve their health and the health of their families.”

More than a dozen LAUSD Wellness Centers offer free health and wellness programs and services, along with primary prevention education and parent education in their local communities. Statistics show that 27 percent of L.A. Unified students remain uninsured and 44 percent rely on Medi-Cal, an indication of the urgent need for the centers.

The LAUSD 5K ‘Move It’ Challenge and Health Festival activities included, in addition to the run/walk, a separate 1K for younger students, along with those who choose to run or walk a shorter course.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, L.A. Trust, an organization aimed at improving student health and readiness to learn; Beyond the Bell, the District’s afterschool program; and the A.C. Green Foundation partnered to make the event possible.