Running for their lives – Boyle Heights Bridge Runners

Neighborhood resident David Gómez founded the Boyle Heights Bridge Runners in 2013 with the idea of getting the community together actively. He wondered why only affluent neighborhoods seemed to have clubs like this. Residents here struggle with health issues like obesity, and a running group presents a social way to exercise. “We share thoughts and ideas and things that are happening locally. It’s a beautiful […]

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Zumba is revolutionizing exercise with music and dance

Zumba has been the emerging workout craze over the past decade, with studios and classes popping up across the country. The Latin music incorporated into Zumba classes makes the form especially popular in Boyle Heights, where dozens of classes occur daily at schools, studios, gyms and community centers. “It’s not difficult. If you know how to dance, you know how to do Zumba.” The story is on Boyle […]

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Faces and places behind CicLAvia

Thousands braved the scorching heat on Sunday to participate in CicLAvia, the event that closes streets to make way for a mass of cyclists. People walked, biked, or skated through different neighborhoods, including Boyle Heights, and went all the way to East LA.  The faces and places behind CicLAvia’s tenth event was captured by photographers for Boyle Heights Beat.

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Running for my uncle

Coachella Unincorporated writer Johnny Flores Jr. blogs about signing up for “Por Vida,” the Live Well Clinic’s intensive six-week training program for running. . Designed to promote fitness, the training also serves to prepare Johnny for his first 5K.  This time, he’ll be running in honor of his great-uncle, who passed away not too long ago. Follow Johnny’s progress […]

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With boxing, a teen learns discipline

Boxing, says Berkeley High junior Luis Buendía, can teach you discipline, dedication, and even maturity. He’s been training from ten years-old with his dad. Now the Buendía family is giving free boxing lessons to give other young people a chance to build these skills. “Instead of fighting on the street, they can take their anger out here, with boxing.” Watch the video on Youth Radio.  

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Fruit-infused waters are an appealing alternative to sugary drinks

As part of their Rethink Your Drink initiative – a state-driven public health effort to educate residents about the risks of sugary beverages and choosing better drink options –  the Regional Access Project Foundation served sugarless fruit-infused waters for Mecca residents at a movie event. Community members said they liked the taste of the infusions, and that they’d be open to making it at […]

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