EAST LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KABC) --A UCLA-based organization is contributing to the fight against rising childhood obesity with donations of fitness equipment to Los Angeles schools.
UCLA's Sound Body Sound Mind program opened a new fitness center at a middle school in East Los Angeles, one of seven in Los Angeles County to receive the donations this year.
Students at Belvedere Middle School said the only gym they had before was a run-down weight room with broken equipment.
"I'm so excited because we don't really have one here at Belvedere middle school and I believe that this new fitness center will greatly improve our fitness and health," said 8th grader Maura Morales.
The UCLA program was founded by businessman and former California gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon and his wife Cindy.
"A school like this one with 1,400 children - about half of them are going to be overweight, so 700 kids. We have a chance to make an important and profound impact," Bill Simon said.
The $50,000 grant also goes toward teaching kids ways to make better food choices.