As US Obesity Rates Continue to Climb, Celebrity Trainer and Operation Fitness Founder Receives Resolution from Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti will be presenting Michael Torchia, founder of Operation Fitness with a resolution from the City of Los Angeles for his work as a health expert and his Shape Up America Campaign. This presentation will take place this Friday, July 31st, 2009 between 10:00 - 10:30am.

Los Angeles, CA, July 30, 2009 --( Not only has obesity become one of the leading causes of death in this country, it is estimated that an obese person spends $1,400 more in medical expense per year than normal-weight people. Obesity-related diseases cost this nation anywhere from $86 billion to $147 billion per year. Enter Operation Fitness. Operation Fitness is a health organization that was created in 1985. It was designed to teach people of all ages how to properly exercise and eat right, culminating in a healthier lifestyle. The all-around effect is an equal balance of feeling good mentally, emotionally and physically.

The ceremony will be held in the Los Angeles City Council Chambers, Room 340 in City Hall downtown at *200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012*. During this presentation, Council President Garcetti will speak, followed by comments from Operation Fitness founder and president, Michael Torchia.

Operation Fitness will be hosting a free health and family fitness expo this Saturday August 1, 2009 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. This event will happen at Westwood Park, 1350 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. Free fitness forums, classes, and health product giveaways will be featured at this event that is co-sponsored by Wholefoods, Smartwater, Gold's Gym, Equinox, American Diabetes Association, MS Society, American Red Cross and over 60 other participating sponsors.

For additional information on the Shape Up America Campaign, Operation Fitness or the event launching in Los Angeles, please call 800.933.8633 or visit For press opportunities, contact Rachelle Brehm/LRB Publicity 310-704-1357 or

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