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Let’s Move Faith and Communities in Action
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 22, 2010

Rev. Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis leads the City of Refuge congregation in Let’s Move LA Spiritual Aerobics.

On Saturday, December 4, the First AME Church of Los Angeles joined the City of Refuge in their “Man-Up Conference 2010” and Healthy Family Festival.

FAME church hosted the “Let’s Move LA Kids Zone” at this health fair for children of all ages and offered healthy cooking demonstrations, healthy snacks and activities for children. Youth attendees enjoyed a jump rope area, hula hoop activities, a basketball area, Yoga instruction, Tae-Kwon-Do lessons and fitness demonstrations.

The Festival was an extension of FAME’s support of Michelle Obama’s national Let’s Move Faith and Communities Program, reinforcing FAME’s commitment to end childhood obesity.

First AME Church also joined with the City of Refuge to facilitate exercise breaks during their worship services. Thousands of congregants moved to the beat of Smokie Norful’s “Celebrate” while they learned about increasing physical activity and improving their overall health.

The goal of the Healthy Family Festival was to make exercise fun and to introduce kids to activities they may not be exposed to every day.  The day included Dance Aerobics, a Bounce House for younger kids, relays and drills engaged the crowd.

The event was held at the City of Refuge, located in Gardena, CA, where Bishop Noel Jones presides. The Church is home to more than 20,000.

“Let’s Move Faith and Communities is designed to support local efforts and highlight accomplishments in communities across the country,” said FAME’s First Lady Denise Hunter. “We want to work with community leaders like Bishop Jones and the City of Refuge to enhance their on going efforts to provide relevant and innovative ministries to their congregants.”

The event was made possible through the generous support of various organizations including Phresh Kids, Cooking Matters, A World Fit for Kids, Hooping with Pleasure and the V.E.S Tao-Kwon-Do Center of Los Angeles. For more information, visit

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