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'Instant Recess' break to honor deceased public health leader

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A few weeks after the death of public health leader Antronette Yancey, organizations around California and the nation will participate in an "Instant Recess" break Tuesday afternoon to honor her work.

The Oakland-based Prevention Institute is asking participants to stand up at 1 p.m., click on this YouTube video and take a short exercise break led by the Los Angeles Sparks women's basketball team. 

Yancey, a researcher and professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, died April 23 of lung cancer. She was not a smoker.

She believed that exercise could be done in short bursts in workplaces, schools and places of worship. She wrote a book about the movement, which she called "Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time." 

More information about the "Instant Recess" break can be found at preventioninstitute.org

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