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Wednesday
Sep292010

Newark Serves Community Through Fitness

In Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker is undertaking an initiative to tackle childhood obesity by offering health and fitness education services to Newark youth. The initiative is in partnership with Cities of Service, a bi-partisan coalition of city mayors from across the country who will work together to engage citizens to address local challenges. 

The Cities of Service initiative was inspired by the Edward Kennedy Service America Act, signed into law by President Obama last year, which expands national service programs. The initiative is comprised of over one hundred cities, ten of which are launching their programs this month. 

Newark is one such city, and already, 200 volunteers have been recruited to staff evening clinics that will provide free organized physical activities for 2,000 children in underserved communities. The goal of the program is to educate youth about the important benefits of exercise. 

To learn more about Cities of Service, and see if your city is participating, visit citiesofservice.org today. 

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