Mos Def and Susan Sarandon, both come from different field of jobs, are teaming up to combat childhood obesity. The rapper and actress have agreed to lend their names as Honorary Co-Chairs to the 4th annual Children's Sports & Fitness Expo, aimed to combat childhood obesity by engaging children in over 25 sports activities and nutrition classes, which will take place on Saturday, September 29th later this year.
Based on the statistic released by the New York City Department of Health, there are at least of New York City school children who either overweight or obese. In learning the danger of childhood obesity Vincent Ferguson, president and founder of Body Sculpt of New York, Inc., a not-for-profit health and fitness organization, then created the Children's Sports & Fitness Expo.
"With their support [Mos Def and Susan Sarandon], we hope to bring more attention to the fact that 1 in 3 children born since 2000 will get diabetes according to the New England Journal of Medicine," Ferguson said in a statement. "Children will lose 3 to 5 years off of their lives because of obesity. This is a call to action."
The 4th annual Children's Sports & Fitness Expo will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the 369th Harlem Armory Center and Minisink Townhouse located at West 142nd Street between 5th and Lenox Avenues. Over 40 fitness instructors will donate their time to instruct children in golf, tennis, fencing, gymnastics, soccer, boxing, martial arts, dance, yoga, baseball, basketball and much more.
The event is open to all ages and is free of charge. Visit Body Sculpt Website for a more complete information.