South LA Nonprofit Offers Free Training in 
Response to Obamacare Roll Out

Special Needs Network is serious about the Obamacare mandate to improve the overall health of our society. To prove just how serious they are, the organization is offering a free 10-week fitness training and nutrition program for LA residents. The program, known as “South LA Gets Fit,” was developed to help individuals change the way they think about health. The free program takes an approach for participants to become invested in wellness and preventive programs rather than having a reactive attitude about their health care.

The program will kick off on Jan. 27 and will last through the end of March. It is designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, body mass index, and combat chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension that are prevalent in both African American and Latino communities. The program is open to the entire LA community and available at no charge.

The training will be held every Monday and Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Rancho Cienega Sports Complex at 5001 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles. Representatives from LA’s health and human services, educational, autism and disability rights organizations including SEIU-ULTCW and the Baldwin Hills Relay for Life have partnered with SNN to take part in the program.

“We are excited about this year’s training program and the commitment that our partners and families are making to take control of their health and set goals for improved outcomes,” says Theodore Freidman, a board member of SNN who is also an endocrinologist at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. “Exercise and proper diet can and does combat chronic illnesses and extends one’s life expectancy.”

It’s well established that regular exercise lowers blood pressure and blood sugars and is the number one factor in stress reduction and weight management. Unlike many other exercise programs, “South LA Gets Fit” includes celebrity trainers, as well as group coaching. Plus, participants automatically gain a spot on SNN’s 5K-walk/run team for the upcoming Hollywood Half Marathon that kicks off the organization’s month-long autism awareness programs on April 5.

Whether you are an advanced runner or someone new to exercise, you can benefit from the program, the opportunities for networking with other community activists and special needs advocates, and the custom programs offered by a variety of fitness experts.

“Giving parents an opportunity to focus on their own health and well-being is paramount to empowerment. When parents and caregivers are healthy, so are our communities,” says SNN co-founder and president Areva Martin, Esq. “

To register or questions, call (323) 291-7100 or email Connie at


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