Kranz Intermediate School Wins Lakers Fit 4 Life Video Contest

by Michele Earle
May 3, 2013 • 571 views

El Monte

– Showcasing their knowledge and commitment to being physically fit, students at Kranz Intermediate School entered the Los Angeles Lakers Fit For Life Video Contest, vying for a chance to attend the Lakers Fit For Life Health Fair.  The contest required schools to put together a two minute video describing what schools do to help students stay fit for life.  Kranz’s video captured the attention of the contest judges and the school was one of five schools selected and the only middle school chosen to attend the 4th Annual Lakers Fit For Life Health Fair in El Segundo.  Sponsored by the Lakers, the Fit for Life Contest was created to educate the community about the importance of physical fitness and nutrition in an effort to help fight childhood obesity and encourage all Laker fans to be fit for life.

    Kranz’s efforts were led by physical education teacher, Chad Greene, along with his colleague, Chris Cornell and a few Kranz students who met during lunch and after school to brainstorm and shoot the video.  The group came up with the top ten reasons why Kranz is Fit for Life including the school’s P.E. program, the Students Run the L.A. Marathon (SRLA) program, the girls softball league, the Cougar Band, after school sports, Soccer for Success, lunch time sports, and nutrition activities and Harvest of the Month curriculum.

     The winning video entry allowed Kranz to take 50 students and four chaperones to the Fit For Life event.

The day at the outdoor training facility began with each student receiving a Fit For Life with the Los Angeles Lakers t-shirt and a healthy lunch. After fueling their bodies, the students fueled their minds by hearing a presentation from celebrity Chef Marsh Mokhtari. Mokhtari fused his expertise in healthy cooking and the Extreme Chef physicality together to bring about the Fit for Life Extreme Chef Challenge. The students were asked to run relay races in order to earn healthy ingredients to make a sandwich. Next, it was the Laker Girls who got the students stretched and active by teaching them warm-up exercises and dance moves. Once the students were warmed-up, they were ready for the highlight of the afternoon: exercise stations with the Lakers players.

     Leading the students in exercise and schoolyard games were Lakers players, Metta World Peace, Earl Clark, Chris Duhon, Devin Ebanks and player development coach, Phil Handy.  Students enjoyed variations of tag, the Limbo and basketball cone drills.  The students rotated from station to station, enabling each student to play in each game and compete with the Lakers players.

     “It was a great day for all 54 of us,” said Greene.  ‘I’m very proud of our students for their commitment to being physically fit and I’m grateful to the Lakers organization for providing such a great event for students.”

      In addition to the t-shirt, each student received a Lakers gift bag and left with memories of a fun afternoon and the tools to be fit for life.

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