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USC Stresses Fitness on World Health Day

World Health Day L.A. will kick off the national “Walk to London 2012,” the United States Olympians Association’s ceremonial walk to raise awareness of this summer’s London Olympic Games and to draw attention to physical fitness, on April 7 in Los Angeles.

World Health Day L.A. assembled a team of Olympians, volunteers, community members and local businesses to harness the excitement inspired by the Olympics to highlight fitness and health in Los Angeles.

In addition to free health screenings, entertainment and Olympics-themed sports activities, Angelenos can join Olympians for a ceremonial walk around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The ceremony will continue across the nation until the Olympics begin on July 29.

“This event is a chance to bring neighborhoods together in the name of health,” said Ivette Flores Guintu, program manager for the USC Institute for Global Health. “In this economy, free events like World Health Day L.A. are the perfect way to spend a Saturday with family and friends. You get to learn something and have fun doing it.”

World Health Day L.A. is a student-run event overseen by USC, UCLA and Western University of Health Sciences. The universities come together each year for the event to promote healthy lifestyles in the community.

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