Lakers Fit for Life Timeout at York Elementary School

York Elementary School in Hawthorne, CA was the winner of the 4th Annual Lakers Fit for Life Timeout where they were visited by the Los Angeles Lakers players and Laker Girls as their prize. The Fit for Life Timeout is part of Fit for Life with the Los Angeles Lakers, presented by Anthem Blue Cross, an initiative that aims to educate the community about the importance of physical fitness and nutrition.

The Timeout was hosted by Food Networks’ Extreme Chef, Marsh Mokhtari. Mokhtari fused his expertise in healthy cooking and the Extreme Chef physicality together to bring about the Fit for Life Extreme Chef Challenge. Ramon Sessions, Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris, along with Laker Girls, formed three teams to compete against each other to make the best sandwich and smoothie.

The three players led their teams in a relay race in order to determine the ingredients they would be using for their sandwiches and smoothies. First place would have their first choice in ingredients, second would be next and third would get the remainder of the ingredients. Morris’ team finished first for the smoothie relay and Sessions’ team came in first for the sandwich relay.

The players and Laker Girls were then put to the test to construct the best tasting sandwich and smoothie in less than 5 minutes. The judges of the Extreme Chef Challenge were Simon Majumdar from Food Network’s Iron Chef, Michael Goldstein, the principal of York Elementary and Mary Hoffman and Kelli Knight from Anthem Blue Cross. After much deliberation they deemed Team Sessions the winners of the Fit for Life Extreme Chef Challenge!

York Elementary School received the Fit for Life Timeout as winners of the Lakers Fit for Life Essay Contest, which asked school administrators to describe how they keep their students fit for life, active and healthy. York Elementary came together with parents and staff to implement several changes last year which resulted in healthier students, staff and parents, and a National Recognition Award (Bronze level) from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Examples of some of the programs they began is a running club, healthy food options in the cafeteria and for school celebrations and a ban on all competitive food and beverage options.

At the end of the day, York students left the Timeout with gift bags from Anthem Blue Cross and a new outlook on how their favorite players stay fit and healthy on and off the court and how to continue to stay Fit for Life!