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California State University Northridge student strives to bring fitness program to CSU campuses throughout California

By Zulay Saldaña López
El Nuevo Sol

For Marisol Díaz, helping people to be physically active has been more than a passion, it has become a personal long-term goal.

When Díaz, 26, started her education at California State University Northridge in 2006, she was pursuing a career in Sociology but soon her path took a different direction.

“I was interested in kinesiology since I was in high school, [but] I just didn’t know how much I was drawn to it,” Díaz said.

Then, in 2012, Díaz came across the 100 Citizens Outdoor Fitness Program in the San Fernando Recreation Park.

“I saw a flyer that asked “Do you like working with a senior group?,” she said. ”That drew my attention and I decided to go to the San Fernando Park and learn more about the program.”

There, she discovered her true calling. In her sophomore year, Díaz switched her major to Kinesiology.

“I wanted to make a difference. I like motivating people to be physically active so they can improve their health,” said Díaz.

After volunteering with 100 Citizens as a student instructor in the summer of 2012, Díaz became the instructor for the senior class, and is currently the program director.

Now, as a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology, she wants to replicate the success of San Fernando in Canoga Park and expand 100 Citizens to other CSU campuses statewide.

Díaz’s work is part of a larger expansion…

Featured Photo: Marisol Díaz; Photo: Zulay Saldaña / El Nuevo Sol.

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