Celebrity trainer raising money to fight childhood obesity


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Two-time Golden Gloves winner and certified trainer, Cara Castronuova.

Two-time Golden Gloves winner and certified trainer, Cara Castronuova.

Cara Castronuova — a two-time Golden Gloves winner and certified trainer who was once ranked nationally by USA Boxing — is partnering with Everlast to raise money for KnockOut Obesity, a nonprofit she founded that is dedicated to fitness empowerment for women and adolescents.

Castronuova, who was also a season 11 trainer for “The Biggest Loser,” teaches kids to how to box for weight loss. She aims to eventually creating a KnockOut Obesity not-for-profit summer camp program for need-based youth in the future.

According to her website, Knockout Obesity has sent three children to eight-week summer camp programs to learn good nutrition, proper exercise and weight loss. These children have lost a combined total of more than 120 pounds, and have learned how to maintain their healthy lifestyles for the rest of their lives.

The first annual Dance-a-Thin, a fitness fundraising festivity, is on June 1 on the Hofstra University campus in Hempstead, N.Y., from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. All proceeds will benefit KnockOut Obesity and help send local New York children to fitness camp this summer.

“I’m psyched for this event; it’s going to be so much fun. Plus, all the proceeds will send kids to camp, so the spirit will be very positive,” Castronuova said in a release. “I love freestyle dancing as a workout because it is so freeing and empowering, so I want everyone to come prepared to let loose!”

Castronuova is making a special, one-night-only appearance in the Jane Fonda-inspired aerobics-based “Spandex the Musical,” on Saturday, May 25, at 8 p.m. Get a 30% discount to see Castronuova with the code FRIENDOFCARA when buying tickets on SpandexMusical.com.