NEWPORT BEACH — Working against the clock (a.k.a. the lunch bell), senior Abby Michaelsen walked around the circle of booths with a camera crew in tow, making sure everything was ready for the hundreds of students who would soon fill up the area.
Michaelsen, 18, was the catalyst behind the creation of Newport Harbor High School's Health Fair last year and oversaw her brainchild again at lunch Thursday.
The Health Fair was sponsored by the school's Health and Heart Club she also founded in honor of her father, who died of a heart attack when she 9.
"I thought having a health fair would be a fun way for kids to learn about being healthy," she said. "I hope the kids can correlate the fun they are having with the healthy food and lifestyle."
The Health Fair drew students during lunch to sample healthy fare from Mother's Market and Banzai Bowls, get free samples of sunscreen, sign a petition to Mayor Michael Henn to make city parks smoke-free, and see with their own eyes how much sugar is in junk food.