It’s time to walk, NoHo!

16th Annual HopeWalk and Kid’s Healthy Activity Fair

 Hope Walk 2016

Do you know NoHo’s Hands for Hope? Founded in 2000, this long-time, North Hollywood non-profit organization is an after-school and single-parent resource program that serves youth from single parent homes in North Hollywood and the surrounding East Valley communities. Created to provide “latchkey” children a safe and supportive environment, Hands for Hope is where at-risk youth are nurtured and can evolve into their best selves. While there are other organizations that target inner city youth, Hands for Hope founder Lydia Floyd found it necessary to build a base for the support of the multi-cultural children of North Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.

So how do they do all their programs for our local youth and families? Well, in a variety of fun ways where you can get involved like with their annual Hope Walk.

Every year, Hands for Hope puts on the Hope Walk to get the community of North Hollywood up and moving during a day filled with fun activities, food and entertainment! Their 16th Annual HopeWalk will be on Saturday, May 21, 2016. It’s more than just a fun walk around the NoHo Arts District. The focus this year is to raise awareness of the causes of childhood diabetes. Award-winning pediatrician, Dr. Naomi Neufeld will be speaking to inform parents and children on the causes of diabetes and provide prevention tips.

The day begins at North Hollywood Park with the HopeWalk, a 5K walk leaving from the corner of Magnolia and Tujunga avenues and will travel along Lankershim Blvd. After the walk, the Kid’s Healthy Activity Fair and Taste of Healthy NoHo begins at 11 AM. The Kid’s Healthy Activity Fair will feature basketball, soccer, trampolines, and more, where you can have fun being a kid. Prizes will go to the kids who do the best. Also following the walk is the Taste of Healthy NoHo where local vendors providing a taste of their healthy food choices. It’s a bit of nutrition and a lot of tasty food!


Saturday, May 21 @ 8AM — 2PM


North Hollywood Park (Corner of Magnolia & Tujunga)


Registration Fee: Adults $20 / Children (8 to 18) $10

Ask your neighbors, parents and friends to help sponsor you for the walk, then please stop by the website or come by Hands for Hope to pick up the application. Here’s your chance to show your support for Hands for Hope – and even raise money to keep their programs going.

Hope Walk 2016


8 a.m.- Registration for the HopeWalk & Kids’ Healthy Activity Fair begins

9 a.m.- Warm up for the 5K walk around North Hollywood begins.

9:30 a.m.- The 5K walk around North Hollywood begins.

11 a.m.- The Kids’ Healthy Activity Fair begins and lunch is served via “A Taste of Healthy NoHo.” A Taste of Healthy NoHo includes local restaurants and markets providing tastes of healthy food choices for event participants.

The Kids’ Healthy Activity Fair will have 22 booths set up and by completing the activity at each booth, participants receive a ticket redeemable towards prizes! Along with the Kids’ Healthy Activity Fair will be the Parent Resource Fair. The Parent Resource Fair links parents with the family and healthcare resources they need.

1 p.m.- Guest speaker, award-winning pediatrician, Dr. Naomi Neufeld will be speaking to inform parents and children on the causes of diabetes and provide prevention tips.will begin discussion with parents and children regarding childhood diabetes.

1:30 p.m. Closing ceremony begins afterwards and participants are able to redeem prizes.

For additional information, contact Diane Allen at


So how did the HopeWalk begin?

Here’s a little history. The citywide Annual 5K HopeWalk began as a means of uniting the community of North Hollywood and surrounding neighborhoods in Los Angeles County with a mission to increase health awareness. Hands for Hope noticed that children and their parents in the area were in need of healthier lifestyles, so they joined together with residents, merchants and other community organizations in the area for a citywide event that has attracted corporations such as Disney, Dole, California Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Adidas, Whole Foods Markets and METRO. Due to the need and success of the 5K HopeWalk, Hands for Hope intensified its commitment to healthy families by adding the Kid’s Healthy Activity Fair in 2006 to encourage youth and their parents to participate in fitness/sports activities in a way that is both fun and engaging. During the fair, kids will perform over 10 different fitness and sports activities as well as healthy food tastings. By adding the Kids Healthy Activity Fair, Hands for Hope once again proves its dedication to healthy, sustainable lifestyles for youth and their families.

For more information on Hands for Hope and HopeWalk log on to or call 818-763- HOPE (4673) FACEBOOK  | TWITTER 

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Lisa Bianconi
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