To help combat childhood obesity and benefit fitness, nutrition and environmental health programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, local personal trainer Crystal Quintana has created The Boys and Girls Movement: Fundraiser to End Childhood Obesity.

Quintana will hold a six-week core fusion (core-functional, yoga, Pilates) beach workout series, with all profits going to the Boys & Girls Club.

The event is one of several to raise money for the nutrition, fitness and environmental health programs at the club.

Along with teaching donation-only fitness classes, Quintana is training to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. She said she has taken on the challenge as a means of building awareness about the childhood obesity epidemic.

“Through my training and fundraising effort, I strive to create enjoyable health education programs for those in most need,” Quintana said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately one in five children in the United States between the ages of six and 17 are overweight. The percentage of overweight children aged six to 11 has almost doubled since the early 1980s, according to the CDC.

The percentage of overweight adolescents has also risen by nearly 300 percent and the number of overweight pre-school children aged two to five increased by 42 percent between 1994 and 2001, according to the CDC.

The fundraising effort will consist of donation-only fitness classes, healthy spa parties in collaboration with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and a 5K walk/run fundraiser January 5th.

Classes are scheduled to start Saturday, September 22nd, with a core fusion beach workout at 9:30 a.m. at the Ocean Park beach in Santa Monica. The series will run every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for six weeks at the beach.

Space is limited and it’s a minimum $5 donation per class.

Information and to sign up for the class, www.thecqmovement.com/.

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