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Fit Families Program Honored For Commitment to Latino Community

The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy helps kids get fit.

The group behind the “Got Milk” ads held an event Monday recognizing members of the Latino community who are working to stay healthy.

Sara Train works hard to keep members of her community fit. She was recognized by the California Milk Board for being a positive role model in the Latino community through her work in Fit Families.

Fit Families volunteer Sara Train is honored for her work promotin health in the Latino community. (Photo courtesy ATVN)
Fit Families volunteer Sara Train is honored for her work promotin health in the Latino community. (Photo courtesy ATVN)

The organization “allows not only more families to find out about [health] but it highlights how students who are volunteers and people in the community are working together without a lot of funds doing some really amazing work" Train said.

Train is a nutritionist and volunteer with the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, which is free to all in the community.

"We are there every Saturday morning to do education and get kids and their families involved in healthy activities,” Train said.

"With everything from salads to entrees, we make healthy alternatives to foods that are common and maybe culturally based so that families actually enjoy what they are eating."

This is the first year the California Milk Board has held the statewide competition.

The Fit Family program takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in Hazard Park, where about twenty families come to learn about fitness and nutrition.

"It coincides with our Spanish language program, the Maestro Positivio, [which features] a fictional guru who believes in the positivity and power of milk. We wanted to use that as a springboard to positively identify the positive maestros in our community," Train said.

Train received a check of five thousand dollars for all of her efforts. Half of this will go to the program, and the other half is a gift for her positivity and hard work.

“I have so many different examples just by going week after week of families who are making huge improvements in their lives, and it’s really inspiring because that is where the hard work is," said Train.

To participate in Fit Families, call (323) 224-5592.


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