To promote Health and Fitness, the City of Rosemead has hosted Fitness Day and Health Fair for seven years. This year, the event will take place on Sunday Nov. 5 in the Rosemead Center. Joy of Kung Fu has been working hard with local Tai Chi schools to prepare for the Hundred Men Tai Chi demonstration.
Rosemead is a city in Los Angeles County, California in the San Gabriel Valley with a population of approximately 55,000 and among them 70% are Asian descendants.
In Sep. 2011, the Public Health Department of Los Angeles County published a health report “Obesity and Related Mortality in Los Angeles County”. It unveiled the growing problem of obesity among adults and children. It recommended how cities, communities, schools, employers, and health care providers should address the obesity epidemic. With 20.1% obesity in adults and 20.1% obesity in children, Rosemead was doing relatively well in comparison to other municipalities in Los Angeles County. The City of Rosemead has been actively promoting health and fitness and hosted annual Fitness Day and Health Fair for the past seven years.
The annual Fitness Day and Health Fair has a rich program with demonstrations of dances, martial arts, and exercises, along with free health consultation by the University of California-Los Angeles, health seminars, and introduction of nutrition foods. It starts at 11 am and ends at 4 pm.
Joy of Kung Fu is a non-profit organization in Rosemead. It has a long history to promote health and wellness through martial art practices. It hosts an annual event “A Day with Kung Fu Masters” and Kung Fu seminars and participates in the Annual City Fitness Day & Health Fair. It mobilizes the local Tai Chi schools to conduct a large group demonstration of Tai Chi and calls it “Hundred Men Tai Chi”. Mei Lin Su, a volunteer at Joy of Kung Fu, stated actually each year the number of participants exceeded 100 and last year it was over 120 people. As of now, ten schools are already committed to this event. Mei Lin is confident that the total participants will surpass last year.
(Edited by Doc Luecke.)