For Immediate Release


Dec. 9, 2011  

“Let’s Move” a Charles R. Drew University 

Saturday Science Academy II Draws Crowd to Exercise and Free Health Screenings


LOS ANGELES -The Saturday Science Academy II held its second-annual “Let’s Move” Run/Walk and Family Fun Festival, drawing a wide range of ages from preschoolers to senior citizens.

Photo by Laurell L. Black
Dr. David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D., president of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and Cynthia M. Oliver, CEO, Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center led more than 400 people along a 3K and 5K course, in which participants walked, ran or rode bikes. The event started and ended at Charles R. Drew University.

“It was an outstanding walk/run that helped remind participants about the importance of daily exercise,” Dr. Carlisle said. “Our researchers, nurses and medical students see first-hand the effects of high obesity rates, especially among children. We support First Lady Michelle Obama’s, “Let’s Move”, efforts to improve the nation’s health.”

Said Lorraine Grey, program manager for the Academy, a science and math program for students from preschool to 12th grade: “The turnout was tremendous. We hope this event reinforces the importance of daily exercise, of maintaining health and diet.”

Those attending this year’s event received free health and dental screenings, along with other healthy lifestyle advice from the 20 participating vendors. Student nurses and medical assistants enrolled at Charles R. Drew University, as well as medical professionals from the Ambulatory Care Center checked blood pressure, diabetes and for other chronic diseases.

Instructors demonstrated Brazilian Zumba, a latin dance exercise, and a youth group, Soul Fresh, who performed their freestyle street dancing. Away from the main stage, a group of male volunteers from the Academy’s “Dad’s Club” grilled chicken, as well as turkey burgers for hungry participants. They also directed runners and walkers along the route, while monitoring pedestrian crossings for safety.

“We’re looking forward to expanding the run/walk next year,” said Eleby R. Washington III, M.D., an advisor to the program. He also is an orthopedic surgeon and is a professor at the University. “We hope to help even more people adapt to a healthier lifestyle.”



For more information, please contact:
Daryl Strickland

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (562) 229-4924
Office : (323) 563-4983


About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .


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