On Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. the City of Opa-locka Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson joined “War on Poverty” and the City of Hialeah for an “Embrace a Healthy Florida” Reception, sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation at the Family Christian Association of America (FCAA), 13850 Northwest 26th Avenue in Opa-locka. There was healthy food, entertainment and networking, as the cities addressed Childhood Obesity.
During the reception, the Vice Mayor remarked on the healthier state of Opa-locka, as a result of “War on Poverty’s” contributions to the City. She used her weight loss goals as a tool to encourage others to become motivated to join her in embracing a healthy way of life. The Vice Mayor believes that starting the education process with the youth can avoid or tackle childhood obesity early. She was joined by The Portrait of Empowerment (TPOE) kids, who received a special award. In addition to eating healthy, Vice Mayor Johnson says it is important to find an activity or enjoyable exercise routine to accompany a proper diet. Also attending the reception was the “pride and joy” of Vice Mayor Johnson’s Health and Wellness initiative… Members of the Opa-Steppers, who meet weekly at 6:00 PM each Friday at the Opa-locka Municipal Complex, 780 Fisherman Street, for a fun evening of “stepping.” But on this evening, they demonstrated, with a “sensational” performance, how much fun exercising can be!