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By Joyce Rudolph | March 18, 2010
At 23 years old, Tina Petrossian had hit 313 pounds. Two years later, the 2002 Glendale High School graduate was diagnosed with a heart problem — mitral valve prolapse. The medication to fight the problem contributed to her weight gain, she said, leading to swollen feet and arms, and numbness in her fingers. The weight led to depression for the 5-foot-9 former professional ballerina who at her thinnest weighed 118 pounds. With the weight and heart ailment pulling her down, Petrossian decided to do something about it. She started a workout program with a supervisor at Total Woman in Glendale.
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By Max Zimbert | December 2, 2009
GLENDALE — Ninth-graders in Glendale and Burbank schools improved their scores on state physical fitness exams, according to figures released Monday. About 82% of Glendale freshmen reached five of six state standards for fitness last school year, an increase from 80.7% in 2007-08, according to the California Department of Education. The exams test students’ aerobic capability, body mass, flexibility, abdominal strength, upper-body muscles and trunk extensions, or stomach-down sit-ups.
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October 16, 2004
The students of La Crescenta Elementary School will be honored Tuesday during the Glendale Unified School District's board meeting for their achievement in physical fitness. The school was given the Physical Fitness State Champion Award this week, after 128 of the school's students received the Presidential Physical Fitness Award. The school had the largest group of students to receive the award. The test last year's fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students underwent included a one-mile run, a certain amount of push-ups in relationship to the child's age, sit-ups and crunches.
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November 5, 1999
Rodney Tanaka The newly formed Roosevelt Fitness Club is facing a weighty issue. The club is looking for donations of weights to use in its fitness program. The club, which has about 45 students, will meet twice a week beginning Monday at Roosevelt Middle School. Club founder and adviser Sharon Green is a special education teacher at Roosevelt and an instructor at 24 Hour Fitness in West Hollywood. She will lead students through sit-ups, push-ups and weight training.
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May 19, 2001
Amber Willard SOUTHEAST GLENDALE -- Students in a boxing program sponsored by Glendale Police said it helps keep them out of gangs and off drugs. "You learn defense and it gives you something to do after school," said Carlos Lopez, a three-veteran of the boxing program. Lopez, 14, attends Roosevelt Middle School, where police unveiled their Police Activities League on Friday morning. The boxing program is, for now, the heart of PAL but basketball leagues are forming and organizers hope to soon add more sports and tutoring.
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By By Tania Chatila | October 15, 2005
Students learn sports techniques and increase muscle strength -- and win awards for fitness.LA CRESCENTA -- Students at La Crescenta Elementary School don't just throw a ball around and play tag in their physical education classes. They learn sports techniques, perform cardiovascular exercises and increase muscle strength. That is why they are champions. La Crescenta Elementary School was named the California Champion for category 2 -- schools whose population is between 200 and 500 -- in the President's Physical Fitness Challenge for the second year in a row this month.
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By Max Zimbert | October 15, 2009
GLENDALE — Carla Reiber’s third-graders sat atop their desks as they passed a beach ball around Wednesday at Cerritos Elementary School. The exercise was designed to train eye contact but was also one way to avoid cabin fever on a rainy day. “It keeps them focused and quiet, and practices a really important life skill,” Reiber said. “They were a little squirrelly, but we survived and I think they enjoyed the special things that we did.” Twister, checkers, chess, math games, guessing games, reading games, Reading Rainbow videos and Heads Up, Seven Up are among the recess activities on the rare Southern California rainy day. “A lot of kids don’t play these kinds of games anymore so they’re really fascinated by them,” Reiber said.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | August 1, 2011
To become a successful champion boxer, a tireless work ethic and a good heart are necessary according to Edmond 'The Diamond' Tarverdyan, a 29-year-old coach who started boxing as a boy before going on to train Olympians. “You gotta love the sport and train hard,” he said. “Of course being the best fighter takes much more than that. You need everything - balance speed power - so everything comes in place at the high level competition.” On a recent Thursday evening, Tarverdyan's amateur boxing students spent an hour at his Glendale Fighting Club conditioning their bodies with push-ups, sit ups and boxing technique.
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By Joyce Rudolph | March 18, 2010
At 23 years old, Tina Petrossian had hit 313 pounds. Two years later, the 2002 Glendale High School graduate was diagnosed with a heart problem — mitral valve prolapse. The medication to fight the problem contributed to her weight gain, she said, leading to swollen feet and arms, and numbness in her fingers. The weight led to depression for the 5-foot-9 former professional ballerina who at her thinnest weighed 118 pounds. With the weight and heart ailment pulling her down, Petrossian decided to do something about it. She started a workout program with a supervisor at Total Woman in Glendale.
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By Max Zimbert | December 2, 2009
GLENDALE — Ninth-graders in Glendale and Burbank schools improved their scores on state physical fitness exams, according to figures released Monday. About 82% of Glendale freshmen reached five of six state standards for fitness last school year, an increase from 80.7% in 2007-08, according to the California Department of Education. The exams test students’ aerobic capability, body mass, flexibility, abdominal strength, upper-body muscles and trunk extensions, or stomach-down sit-ups.
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