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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Healthy Communities

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The Innovative Ideas Challenge (IIC) is a new grant-making program available to organizations from communities not funded under the Building Healthy Communities plan. We're seeking to fund innovative ideas to address the persistent and emerging health issues that impact underserved communities in California. Specifically, IIC seeks to identify and fund promising practices that are aligned with the 10 outcomes or 4 big results from the Building Healthy Communities plan.

The objectives of IIC are:

  • Engage a broad set of innovation partners to develop and test effective models developed by affected communities.
  • Establish a pool of original ideas that will "dramatically improve" the health status of underserved individuals and communities in California.
  • Support innovators who can rapidly engage in work that will promote fundamental health improvements in the health status of all Californians. This can be through new ventures or expansions of already existing efforts. Special attention will be paid to proposals that are public/private partnerships.
Due date: September 1, 2012

From 2010 to 2020, The Endowment is investing the majority of its resources into the 10-year, $1 billion Building Healthy Communities plan which seeks to create communities where prevention is a priority and is reflected in the physical environment and socioeconomic conditions of those neighborhoods. Coalitions of residents, youth, community-based organizations, business, law enforcement, and schools, among others, have joined together in 14 geographically diverse places to tackle the issues that are holding back the health of their neighborhoods. With an approach focusing on policy and systems change, they are addressing the root causes of bad health in their communities.
The California Endowment makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of Californians. Support is provided to nonprofit organizations with a valid tax exemption status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are classified as a public charity.

Learn more about grant program: Eligibility, Resources and Awarded Grants. 



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Health Advocate and Finalist of Urban Rebound: an exciting initiative for women entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses to $250,000 or more in annual revenues. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Small Business Grants

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Chase and LivingSocial are sponsoring "Mission: Small Business℠" a grant program awarding up to $3 million to small business owners nationwide.
The Program, which will provide up to 12 individual grants of $250,000 was developed to provide small businesses with resources needed to make a positive impact on their business.
Mission: Small Business℠ invites small business owners who have been in business for at least two years and have less than 100 employees to apply for a Grant for their business. Small business owners will be required to tell us why their business is unique, outline a proposed plan for utilizing the Grant to grow their business and describe how the business is involved with its community.
Consumers are encouraged to get involved by clicking the "Support" button at and voting for their favorite registered small businesses. Each time a consumer clicks to support small business, Chase will add five dollars to the Grant Pool, up to a maximum of $3 million. Each registered small business must receive at least 250 votes to be considered for a Grant. The voting period is open from May 7, 2012 through June 30, 2012.
At the end of the Voting Period, small business applicants that have received 250 votes will have their applications evaluated and Grant Recipients will be chosen. Grant Recipients will be announced on or before September 15, 2012. Go to:
I just started my business in September 2011, so I don't qualify but want to share this with anyone who does. Check out free resources:
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Health Advocate and Finalist of Urban Rebound: an exciting initiative for women entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses to $250,000 or more in annual revenues. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Healthy Schools

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Take Action at School
6% pie chartOnly 6% of middle schoolers and high schoolers have daily PE at school.2% pie chartOnly 2% of school aged kids consume the right amounts of nutritious food.

This Week's Challenge:
5 Steps to Healthier Schools 
#1 Healthy Food Taste Test
A taste test can be a fun way to get kids to try new fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat/fat-free dairy products. We have a collection of tips to help you organize one at your school. Learn more about food!
#2 Organize a Walking School Bus
If you live near the school ask other families in the neighborhood to create a "Walking Bus," as a fun and active way to get to school. Find out more!
#3 Brain Break Activities
Using physical activity challenges in the classroom help children learn and retain information better.  We have great tools to help incorporate these in the classroom. See the Activities!
#4 Healthy Classroom Party
Be creative! Use these healthy party ideas instead of the traditional cupcakes and soda next time you have a classroom event. Know your nutrition!
#5 Educational Classroom Handouts
Make it easy for schools to provide educational materials to all of the kids in your school by sharing these handy resources. Get the resources!
Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate and Finalist of Urban Rebound: an exciting initiative for women entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses to $250,000 or more in annual revenues. 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Global Entrepreneurship

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Startup Open
GEW 50 Announcement: October 15
Grand Prize Winners Announcement: November 14
Startup Open, a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week, is a global competition to identify and recognize startup companies founded between GEW 2011 and GEW 2012. It is open to any entrepreneurs who have just started, or are about to start, a new venture and have a “startup moment” between November 22, 2011, and November 20, 2012.
What is a startup moment? A startup moment can be when a business is incorporated; doors open for business; a first sale is completed; outside funding is secured; or something else that can be interpreted as the company is “open for business.”
Startup Open will announce and recognize the global ‘GEW 50’ – 50 of the most promising ventures from around the world, which will be selected by a range of criteria including strength of concept, growth projections, and knowledge of the market. Those 50 companies will then compete for a handful of prizes with the winners announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 12-18, 2012.
Applicants will have until September 15 to submit their startup. On October 15, the GEW 50 will be announced. Those companies will have until October 18 to review the judges’ comments and tweak their applications. The final round of judges will tally their scores and announce the winners during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012.
Startup Weekend
Weekend 1: November 11 - 13
Weekend 2: November 18 - 20
Startup Weekend brings developers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts together for 54 hours to share ideas and launch new startups. Beginning with open pitches on Friday, attendees in dozens of cities will hone in on the most promising concepts with teams focusing on customer development, idea validation and creating a viable product. By Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts–competing for prizes that help speed them to launch. More than 50 cities around the world are hosting Startup Weekend events during GEW. There is currently representation in over 100 cities in over 25 countries for Startup Weekend—helping educate over 15,000 entrepreneurs and launching over 560 new startup ventures.
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Health Advocate and Finalist of Urban Rebound: an exciting initiative for women entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses to $250,000 or more in annual revenues. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Health Referral Service

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I founded Fit-Twist: a health referral service because I realized that being healthy is not just about how you look on the outside but how you feel from the inside. I am a yoga teacher who partners with other businesses or groups to bring health and beauty to you via the internet as well as health events. My mission is to help women be healthy inside out. Stress is the leading cause of illness and the reason for two thirds of the total visits to the Physician. Most women are overworked and need a healthy way to reduce stress. 70% of adults are overweight or obese. I will make it fun, easy and convenient for them to be healthy inside out.  My target market is women in their 30s and 50s and my goal is to help them be well in all areas of their lives. I plan to offer a Corporate Wellness Program with Fit-Twist Yoga that helps reduce stress. My goal is to help employees or the staff will feel more energized and relaxed at the same time in just one class. I guarantee that you will feel better and healthier after taking my classes regularly for 3 to 4 weeks. Contact me now for a free consultation if you are a company that wants a wellness program. Find out how cost effective it is to hire me. Exercise + Nutrition = Health.

Yoga Benefits - Improved flexibility, more strength, better concentration, health and well-being. Among women with breast cancer, those who did yoga had a steeper daily drop in cortisol (stress) levels than women who just stretched. Some studies suggest that if levels of the stress hormone stay high throughout the day, a woman’s cancer is more likely to worsen. September is National Yoga Month:
designed to build awareness of yoga's proven health benefits and provide people with actionable guidance and tools to enhance their own well-being. This grassroots awareness campaign inspires both youths and adults to take responsibility for their well-being by focusing on prevention and healthy lifestyle choices. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - find out how yoga can help breast cancer and other cancer patients.

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Complimentary Facial/ Makeover at Sunrider in Torrance, CA. Call Sandra Diaz at 310-222-9019 to make an appointment. *Tell her Ingrid referred you. 

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate and Finalist of Urban Rebound: an exciting initiative for women entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses to $250,000 or more in annual revenues. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Women Who Inspire

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Nell Merlino, creator of Take Our Daughters To Work Day, CEO of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence and leads its Make Mine a Million $ Business Program

Oprah Winfrey

Claire Diaz Ortiz, author of Twitter for Good and leader of social innovation, philanthropy, and causes at Twitter

The simple TWEET steps: Target, Write, Engage, Explore & Track are easy to follow. Non-profits and start-up companies like mine will learn a lot from this book.

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Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate and Finalist of Urban Rebound: an exciting initiative for women entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses to $250,000 or more in annual revenues.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Healthy Schools

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FREE Webinar
May 23, 2012
3-3:45 p.m.

Join Lisa Harris, Director of Child Nutrition Services at Alvord Unified and Wanda Grant, Director of Child Nutrition Services at Palm Springs Unified for an engaging afternoon as they share their best practices for creating healthy school environments and more successful students. In addition, hear real-life success stories from schools across California where teachers, parents and administrators have implemented no- and low-cost programs to bring their wellness policies to life campus-wide. Complete the Healthy You, Healthy Students webinar and receive a certificate for 45 minutes of professional development that can be submitted to your district for professional development hours.
For more information, visit Dairy Council of California’s webpage.

CA Project LEAN & the Public Health Institute
Community Transformation Grants
Reducing Access to Sugary Drinks: Success Stories from the Field
Please join us for an interactive Web Forum
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
11:00 AM – 12:30 pm Pacific Time 

Are you interested in gaining inspiration from colleagues who have worked to increase access to healthier beverages in settings ranging from schools to counties and community organizations? Then join a webinar to learn about the successes, challenges and lessons learned through this work.

Registration link – Please click, or copy and paste this exact link.

If you have questions, please contact:
Administrative Assistant IV
Public Health Institute

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate and Finalist of Urban Rebound

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lessons from Brendan Burchard

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Charge Up

3 Es of "feeling charged": Energy, Engagement, Enthusiasm

Caged Life: Focus on being safe. 
Comfortable Life: Focus on being accepted. 
Charged Life: Focus on purpose

Focus on serving & contributing to the world. Look for opportunities to change & grow.

1. Control your outlook and character
2. Control for new: the brain naturally seeks novelty and challenge (I love to learn new things)
3. Competence: the ability to understand, perform in and master our world

Consider your career. Do you understand your role and goals at work? Do you feel that you know enough to advance? Are you confident of your skills, talent, knowledge and abilities? Are you learning and contributing consistently? (If not, consider getting advise from a mentor, a supervisor or a career coach) 

Are you a Charger?

Source: The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate and Finalist of Urban Rebound

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Service Day

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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Agape's 19th Annual Sacred Service Saturday

Back to the Beach and Beyond
Pick up ~ Clean Up ~ Wake Up at Agape's Adopt-A-Beach Program. Learn and support Heal the Bay’s vital study of the origin of beach debris. And a surprise Ballona adventure too! You do make a difference! A great family project. Everyone welcomed!
Earth Spirit Agape             (310) 348-1260       ext. 1518 

Adopt the Learning Garden  Create the new Fiber Arts Garden Bed at The Learning Garden, Agape's adopted neighborhood botanical garden. Prepare and plant cotton, flax and other plants that provide natural dyes. The garden is located at nearby Venice High School. All ages welcomed.
Earth Spirit Agape             (310) 348-1260       ext.1518

Safe Place for Youth
SPY finds, stabilizes and assists homeless youth under the age of 25. We will help put together food packets and maybe do some gardening as well. Ages 15 and up. Action Agape            (310) 348-1260       ext. 1515  

Alcoholism Center for Women 
ACW’s mission is supporting the recovery from and prevention of alcoholism and other drug-related problems among all women at high risk for substance abuse. We will be doing some gardening projects at this wonderful safe haven and beacon of hope. 18 years and older. 
Action Agape             (310) 348-1260       ext. 1515 

George Washington Carver Middle School Outdoor Classroom
Help nurture this brand new green education resource in mid city LA. We will assist with their fruit tree orchards and vegetable gardens.
All ages. Action Agape             (310) 348-1260       ext 1515

The Children’s Nature Institute
Since 1985, CNI has provided hands-on educational programs tailored specifically for the children of Los Angeles. These programs are designed to open young minds to the living world. We will be prepping materials for the Whale Tale summer camp. Arts, crafts, office organizing. 15 years and older. Action Agape             (310) 348-1260       ext. 1515  

And many more projects on

Dr Martin Luther King Jr told us: "Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by Love."

For More Information or to RSVP Contact David Silverstein, ALSP
Director of Sacred Service Saturday at (310) 348-1260 x1515

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate and Finalist of Urban Rebound