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Saturday, December 29, 2012

2013 Health News

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) is seeking out an organization to participate in a volunteer cooking demo at Exhibit Wellness as part of the National Conference on Education. The demo will be held in the exhibit hall at the LA Convention Center. We are looking for availability during the following time frames:
-          Thursday February 21 between 12-3:30 pm, or
-          Friday February 22 between 4 – 5 pm
Please contact Sapna Batheja (703) 875-0732       if you more information or if you are interested in participating.
With the goal of empowering school age children nationwide with the means to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, ING Run For Something Better (ING RFSB), in partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), has developed a school-based running program. In addition to fighting childhood obesity, research shows that physical activity improves self esteem, school performance and overall well being.
The awards program will provide a minimum of fifty (50) grants up to $2,500 for each school that desires to establish a school based running program or expand an existing one. Through activity plans created by NASPE and based on the National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE, 2004), the awards program will offer children a healthy start to life and foster their desire to exercise before obesity ever begins. To ensure impartiality, NASPE will manage the 2013 School Awards Program for ING U.S.
If you are ready to make an impact on the lives of your students through healthy lifestyle changes, improving self esteem and reducing the rate of childhood obesity, then step up to the starting line!

Application Submission Deadline 11:59pm: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

For more info:

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Monday, December 17, 2012

Physical Activity Training

When: 01/17/2013, 10:00am-12pm
Where: The California Endowment,
1000 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Physical Activity Integration Program with the Network for a Healthy California is hosting a physical activity training to educate public health professionals about the Physical Activity Guidelines and the Network/non-Network resources that you can use to meet those guidelines. Sign up early because the training is limited to the first 30 individuals to register. If you have any questions, you can email Michael Fox.
Register Here

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Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Women’s Health

The awards made through this funding announcement must address National Women’s Health Week activities. NWHW is May 12-18, 2013. The nationwide initiative encourages women to make health a top priority and take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life. During the week, families, communities, businesses, government, health organizations and other groups work together to educate women about steps they can take to improve their physical and mental health and prevent disease. Some activities that could be funded include: sponsoring activities that promote healthy behaviors such as engaging in physical activity most days of the week; making healthy food choices; visiting a healthcare provider to receive regular check-ups; preventive screenings; education around hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C Virus (HCV); education for immunizations such as influenza and hepatitis A and B; and avoiding unhealthy behaviors, like smoking and not wearing a seatbelt.

Proposed activities should take place between Sunday, May 12 and Saturday, May 18, 2013. However, proposed activities that would be conducted between May 1 and June 15, 2013 are acceptable. Examples of NWHW activities include: health workshops for women and girls, health walks, and health fairs. Resources are available on the NWHW website:

Deadline is October 25, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Please submit proposals in Microsoft Word or PDF format to:
JSI, ATTN: Jodie Albert, 1725 Blake Street, Suite 400, Denver, Colorado 80202

All funded events must be registered on

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Kids Run Grant

Kids Run the Nation Fund Grant

A total of $15,000 will be awarded in a combination of grants ranging from $500-$1,000. Running clubs, events, or other organizations with the IRS 501(c)(3) designation are eligible to apply. Elementary and middle schools that provide an organized after-school running programs are eligible as well.  No grants will be given to individuals under any circumstance.  All applicants must be an official 501(c)(3), school, parent booster club, PTA, or a similar entity. 
The application deadline for a Kids Run the Nation Grant is October 31, 2012.

Important criteria for receiving a grant include:

  • The running program should be more than just a one time event. It should be a structured running program that ideally utilizes the RRCA youth running materials. The goal of the program is to have kids running regularly, at least once a week for multiple weeks, as opposed to participating in a single event. However, the program may culminate in participation at a kids race.
  • The program may be a start-up program or a pre-existing program.
  • The program should not be gender specific but open for both girls and boys. The program may not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin, or economic status. The program may outline age groups and may place a minimum and maximum age for participation.
  • The program may focus on participation or may emphasize competition or a combination of both.
  • The running program has adopted policies and procedures that ensure the safety of the participants and outlines expectations of the program leaders including submitting to criminal background checks

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Weigh Less

Choose Less, Weigh Less obesity prevention public education campaign
October 4th at 10:30 a.m. in Grand Park at the Park Stage. 
The Park Stage is located in the park near the Hill Street. 

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will join Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director and Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding for the launch of "Choose Less, Weigh Less," a countywide obesity prevention public education campaign focusing on meal portion size reduction. The campaign, funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Community Transformation Grant, will include ads on transit, radio, television, and other out-of-home media elements throughout Los Angeles County. 

Coinciding with the launch, DPH will release new countywide adult obesity data from the 2011 Los Angeles County Health Survey. Supplemental materials will include fact sheets and consumer resources on portion size reduction. Starting Oct. 4, you can find more information on portions at

If you are driving, public parking is available at the Grand Park in Lot 10 on Hill Street between First and Temple Streets and Lot 17 near Olive and First Streets (enter from Olive Street).

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Health News

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the grassroots efforts to bring healthy, locally grown food to California’s schools! In addition, Farm to School Month coincides with Food Day (October 24) and National School Lunch Week (October 15-19). We want help spread the word about all of the wonderful efforts to provide delicious and healthy school meals, promote school garden education and supporting local agriculture in our state. With so many ways to celebrate, we want to create synergy among all the different efforts, and spread the word about resources available to help you plan your local event. Here are a few resources and easy activities that will help you celebrate Farm to School in October:

  • Help spread the word about National Farm to School Month!, to find helpful resources like a communications toolkit,posters and fact sheets that will help you inform and build excitement in your community. Here you will also find event ideas to celebrate Farm to School – such as inviting a chef or a local farmer to visit your school, featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables in the lunch or breakfast menu, or hosting a community fair with parents, teachers and students.
  • Be a part of Farm to School Counts by pledging to serve local food and participate in Farm to School activities during October. You can register your schoolchildcare site, and community event. Everyone who enters a pledge and completes the follow-up survey will be entered to win a $500 cash prize for their program.
  • If you are hosting a local food or healthy school food and garden event - put it on the map
  • Check out the Eat Real Curriculum created to support Food Day efforts nationwide. Use it throughout the month to highlight the importance of eating ‘real’ food to your students.
  • To stay connected to all the happenings in California follow CA Farm to School onTwitter or like us on Facebook.
Yelena Zeltser
CA Farm to School Program Manager

P.S. Check out  HealthCorps University, “train the trainer” professional development program that makes the HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school.  The HealthCorps curriculum is composed of three sections — Mental Resilience, Nutrition and Fitness. This curriculum is aimed at both educating students and providing a holistic and relevant view of the role health plays in their lives. For more information, please contact 

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Obesity Forum

A forum to address obesity and its impact on health.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Huntington Hospital ~ Research Hall
100 West California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA  91105
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration begins at 8:30 am
Continental breakfast and lunch provided
Panel discussions, networking, and more!
For more information call (626)744-6097      

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Monday, September 10, 2012

Grants for Health

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) program aims to increase the number of innovative community initiated programs that promote access to health care for children, youth and their families nationwide, and employ preventive health strategies. This program most closely supports HRSA's goals to improve access to quality health care and services, to build healthy communities, and to improve health equity. HTPC funding supports direct service projects. The intent of HTPC grants are: 1) to support the development of family-centered, community-based initiatives that plan and implement innovative and cost-effective approaches for focusing resources to promote community defined preventive child health and developmental objectives for vulnerable children and their families, especially those with limited access to quality health services; 2) foster/promote collaboration among community organizations, individuals, agencies, businesses, and families; 3) involve pediatricians and other pediatric health professionals in community-based service programs; and 4) build community and statewide partnerships among professionals in health, education, social services, government, and business to achieve self-sustaining programs. HTPC encourages the use of innovative health information technology to increase access to a wide variety of stakeholders in communities. This community based program brings innovative services to communities as determined by local needs assessments. Bright Futures Guidelines can be found at  Click link here

Healthy School Makeover 

To enter please submit a short video (3 min. max) explaining why YOUR school needs a “healthy school makeover” and how you will commit to improving the healthy living of your students.
Videos must be submitted by a school teacher or administrator (see official rules) but can contain contributions from students and/or community members as well.
Prize Details
One lucky K-12 school will win a comprehensive Healthy School Makeover worth up to $45k! Package includes:
*SPARK: SPARK Curriculum and Training package
*Sportime: Equipment package aligned with SPARK program
*Healthy Kids Challenge: “Balance My Day” nutrition curriculum package and training
*AAHPERD/NASPE: Customized Lets Move in School training package
*Skillastics: Two Let’s Move in School Skillastics packages and training
*Healthy Lifestyle Choices: HLC Curriculum and Training package
*GenMove: Equipment, programming and training package
*The First Tee: The First Tee National School Program curriculum, training and equipment
*Polar: Polar Active classroom pack
*ANNIKA Foundation: Annika Sorenstam to present grand prize to winner
Contest Starts
August 27, 2012 @ 01:00 am (PDT)
Contest Ends
October 31, 2012 @ 11:59 pm (PDT)
Need more Details?
Read the Official Rules

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Let's Move Events

Keep Mov'n
Saturday September 8 
from 4pm to 8pm – The Tabernacle at Faithful Central Bible Church

Join Well-Play for the launch of the long-awaited Keep Move'N program. We are introducing a new dance revolution in urban fitness. Bringing you a fun filled day of interactive game stations, healthy food and flash mob style dance as well as the hottest dance competition of the season. Veg-It-Up Grill and Nutrition Center will be on hand providing healthy lunch and beverages for the day. With more community partners/sponsors to be announced.
Beginning Wednesday, August 8, Dance Crews can submit their dance videos for a chance to compete inside our Dance Revolution Lounge and we are sending the winners
home with a $1,000 Grand Prize.
Guests can look forward to resources from local health partners and interactive games inside our Wellness Village which is FREE to the community.
MOA Open House
from 10am to 12pm – MOA Wellness Center
4533 S. Centinela Avenue
Explore MOA's world-class Integrative Health Center in our own backyard.  Plenty of Let's Move! action for ALL ages in yoga - fitness training - creative movement.
Plus MOA Center staff & volunteers will offer activity in Art Therapy - Organic Food-Tasting - Energy Therapy and the Tea Ceremony FREE to the community!
Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Monday, August 20, 2012

Learn To Square Dance

The Heels & Souls Square Dance Club  
And Bill Gipson, Caller

Have The Most Fun Of Your Life! Great Exercise, meet Nice, New People. Singles & Couples & Families Welcome. Loads of Fun, Live Caller, Fun Music, Casual Dress. Learn Square Dance.

Wednesday - September 12 and 19, 2012
And meets every Wednesday
7:00 PM

First Class FREE
After Enrollment, still only $5 per session

At Felicia Mahood Auditorium  
11338 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
3 Blocks west of the 405 Freeway
At Corinth - Free parking - corner of Corinth & Iowa

For Info: 310/440-8159

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Monday, August 13, 2012

Office Challenge

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Lets Move! West LA Office Challenge encourages teamwork & workplace wellness. Enjoy zumba, kickboxing, yoga, etc. Family members welcome to join in & snacks will be provided. Join this fun fitness event on Sunday 8/19. 10 am - 12 pm at Stoner Park.

Zumba with Victoria Genisce - 'Every class is like a party! I've been active in sports & dancing since age nine. Dance is my biggest passion. I've studied jazz - modern - hip hop - bellydance - latin & ballroom forms.  I'm always energized to move & inspire others to assist them in achieving their Fitness Lifestylegoals.' Victoria is trained & licensed by Zumba (including Zumba Aqua) at the highest levels. She helps classes impress themselves! 

Kickboxing with Dion Jackson - A man born to inspire others, Dion has coached & trained MegaStars Jennifer Lopez - Al Pacino - Jim Carey - Aaliyah & others. His philosophy about good health, 'a lot of people think it means being super buff or super strong. But good health is applicable to things you do in everyday living! It might be your ability to play with your children or pick them up. It could be as simple as being able to walk around your block or carry your luggage.'
Yoga with Ingrid Cheng 
Yoga has more than 5,000 yrs of history & today 11+ million Americans enjoy its health benefits in ways they never expected.  In one study participants realized 35% improvement in flexibility after just 8 wks of yoga. Yoga increases energy & reduces stress. It is a definite process of self-discovery + empowerment.
Optional: Therapeutic Massage by Mar Vista Health Center
Flower Therapy + Tea Ceremony by The MOA Wellness Center - promotes art, culture & wellness.
Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Founder of Fit-Twist

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Walk to School Day

This webinar will provide useful ideas for hosting a successful Walk to School Day  

Walk to School Day is an international event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and bicycling to school on the same day. Hosting a Walk to School Day event at your school can build momentum for establishing or growing your Safe Routes to School program.

Whether you are new to Walk to School Day or a seasoned veteran, this informative webinar has valuable information for you!

Join Kara Sergile, RN, MPH, with KWS Consulting, and Leah Stender, MURP, LEED AP, CNU-A, with WalkSanDiego, as they share tips for a successful event and great ideas about: engaging schools, principals, and volunteers in your event; working with middle schools; and avoiding volunteer burn-out to turn your one-day event into a year of great walk and bike to school activities.
Great Ideas for a Great Walk to School Day

Thursday, August 30, 2012

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Walk to School Day is on October 3, 2012! 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Ingrid Cheng
Founder of Fit-Twist

Monday, August 6, 2012

Healthy Breakfast

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The Healthy Breakfast-4-Kids (HB4K) goal is to create and improve access to breakfast in schools nationwide as a means to lessen the huge negative impact of hungry children across our nation. In 2012 Food Family Farming Foundation (F3) and Walmart Foundation are partnering to grant 117 $2500 equipment grants to high needs schools for the purpose of assisting in the successful establishment of universal breakfast in the classroom programs. Grant awardees will be able to order $2500 worth of food service smallwares or equipment to help support implementing breakfast in the classroom via an online order with our partner Tundra Specialties. As part of the grant program, F3 will create universal breakfast implementation resources to be available to all schools via our program, The Lunch Box.



*Click here to download a Sample Application*

For more information, please cut/paste the following link in your internet browser:

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Founder of Fit-Twist

Monday, July 30, 2012

Health Grant

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The Rite Aid Foundation provides funding to programs that focus on health and wellness in the communities in which Rite Aid operates. Grants are awarded for one year at a time, and no organization can receive a grant from the Foundation more than two years in a row. Organizations that receive two consecutive grants must wait 24 months to apply to the Foundation again.

How To Apply
To be considered, all funding requests must be submitted in writing on your organization letterhead and mailed to:
The Rite Aid Foundation
P O Box 3165
Harrisburg, PA 17105

The proposals must include the following information:
  • A cover page that includes:
    • Your organization name and project to be funded
    • The geographic area served
    • Contact person and title
    • Address, phone and fax numbers
    • E-mail address if applicable
    • Date of request and date funding required
    • A brief description (no more than two pages) of your funding request and the requested amount
    • Beginning and ending dates of project
    • A project or program budget detailing expenses and anticipated income sources
    • Most recent annual report, if applicable, including most recent financial information, i.e. IRS Form 990
    • Target audience and number of people served
    • List of current donors
    • A copy of your organization's IRS 501(c) (3) letter
    • A list of the Board of Directors, including names, titles and affiliations
While The Rite Aid Foundation accepts proposals throughout the year, the committee reviews them as soon as possible after July 1, October 1, January 1 and April 1. It will review and respond to all correctly submitted applications within 60 to 90 days of arrival.
More information can be found @


Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Founder of Fit-Twist

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cancer Detection

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Women of low income living in California may qualify for free cancer screening. The Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts (CDP: EWC) provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams and Pap tests to California's underserved women.  

Cancer Detection Program regional coordinators speak English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese. Qualified applicants will be referred to local participating doctors to receive free screening. For more information, call CDP: EWC at             1-800-511-2300       on Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Breast Cancer Screening Information
Do you qualify for free services? You may if you:

  • are 40 years old or older
  • have low income (CDP: EWC Income Criteria [PDF, New Window])Opens a new browser window.
  • have medical insurance that does not cover breast cancer screening
  • have a high insurance deductible or co-payment
  • are not getting these services through Medi-Cal or another government-sponsored program
  • live in California 

  • Cervical Cancer Prevention Information

    Do you qualify for free services? You may if you:

  • are 25 years old or older

  • If you do not qualify, CDP: EWC can provide information on other available low-cost screening programs and connect you to support groups, advocacy groups, and the latest women's health news in your community. 
    Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
    Founder of Fit-Twist

    P.S. Join Let's Move West L.A!