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In the Pipeline: One small step for wellness

September 19, 2011

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. They are also more at risk for diabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea and other social and psychological problems.

This Sunday here in Huntington Beach, you can help combat the problem of childhood obesity.

At 8 a.m., a special event will take place across from the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa: the Fana Global Foundation's 1st Annual 5K Walk at the Beach.

Dr. Fred Nowroozi, the president of the Fana Global Foundation, said the walk is being held to help combat child obesity by raising awareness about threats to childhood nutrition worldwide. Working with Oak View School as its pilot project, Fana wants to "empower children and their families to build healthy sustainable lifestyles for themselves and to become future leaders for healthy living in their local and global communities." That's why proceeds from the event will support wellness programs for Oak View School and various other projects that address childhood hunger and obesity.

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Nowroozi, who first came to California as a young man in 1973 from Iran (and to Huntington Beach in 1980), said, "We founded Fana Global to help humanitarian visions succeed—projects that are good simply because they are good. We honor and strive for basic goodness, no exceptions. What has happened to me in this country is miraculous. I am extremely fortunate, and that also drives a lot of the energy in Fana—the sense of giving back to the community."

Nowroozi added that this is the just the first of several key projects his organization, which is nonprofit and promotes no political or religious views, wants to create.

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