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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
Deadlines
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 @ http://www.riteaid.com/
company/community/foundation.

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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

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    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    HealthWorks

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    If you would like to be considered to participate in the HealthWorks/ JVS Certified Nurse Assistant (C.N.A.) Training Program, you must first attend this required information meeting. 

    Ø       When:
    o        Monday, August 6, 2012
    o        Meeting starts at 2:00 pm sharp and will last approximately 2 hours. 
    o        If you are late, you may not be allowed into the meeting.  

    Ø       Where:
    o        The Jewish Federation Building
    6505 Wilshire Blvd.
    Los AngelesCA  90048
    (Our closest cross streets are San Vicente and La Jolla on the north side of Wilshire.)
    o        If you are driving, we have free parking in our visitors’ lot.

    Ø       What to bring: 
    o        You must bring a photo ID.  (This is a security building and you will have to show your picture ID at the lobby reception desk.  The security staff will then direct you to the room for our meeting.)
    o        You should be prepared to complete application materials.
    o        You will need to provide required personal information such as household income.

    You will be given detailed information about our C.N.A. training program and there will also be the opportunity to ask questions. RSVP here or call Wendi Morimoto at (323) 761-8888  ext. 8860

    Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
    Founder of Fit-Twist

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    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Giveaway & Contest

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    I recently tried out this new healthy water called Resource Natural Spring Water. I felt more hydrated with it than regular water. Many people are dehydrated and most of them buy energy drinks (thinking they are healthy), but these drinks have artificial ingredients. Also people confuse being thirsty with being hungry. If you feel hungry, drink more water. I emailed them my review and found out about the giveaway. Comment on this blog or contact me about how you plan to stay healthy this summer. 3 winner(s) will each win a $25 spa gift card. 

    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, resource natural spring water.

    Are you or someone you know working on an effective project that addresses childhood obesity? The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) wants to hear about it. AJPM announces the opening of the "Childhood Obesity Challenge," an online competition designed to provide new and creative solutions to this public health crisis. The Challenge is open to individuals or teams from any sector, and presents an outlet for innovative solutions to childhood obesity that are outside the standard framework of scientific research publications.


    Winners will receive a cash prize and will be featured in the print and online editions of AJPM. The deadline for submitting entries is 5 pm EDT Aug. 15, 2012.
    To submit an idea for reducing childhood obesity, or to learn more about the competition, visit http://ajpmchallenge.calit2.net

    P.S. Consumption of soda and sugary drinks is linked to obesity. Too many parents give kids soda instead of water. The best way to hydrate is to drink water.

    Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
    Founder of Fit-Twist

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    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Get America Fit

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    According to the Get America Fit Foundation, obesity is considered the United States’ leading public health crisis and the No. 2 cause of preventable death. Christopher W. Hansen’s intent in writing to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, was to highlight a possible link between obesity and cancer. This seems a logical suggestion because the ACS’s cancer-prevention guidelines state, “Consuming a healthy diet can substantially reduce one’s lifetime risk of developing or dying from cancer.” Mr. Hansen is the President of the ACS Cancer Action Network. 
    Some headway is being made in creating awareness of soda’s link to obesity and even the soda companies are looking for ways to address this issue by creating other beverages that are less sugary. Also, even if there were no sodas, America’s obesity problem would not evaporate; we have to address exercise and nutrition in general as well as make healthy foods available to all our citizens. But cutting out sodas or at least reducing the amount we consume each year in this country would make it easier for many to drop some of those unwanted pounds, and lower their risk of heart disease and cancer.
    To hear health songs on obesity and exercise from “Let’s Move,” the 2011 CD of the Year from Creative Child, click here.
    Read more: Click here

    Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
    Founder of Fit-Twist

    P.S. Join Let's Move West L.A! http://letsmovewestla.ning.com

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Better Food

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    According to USDA research, SNAP reduced child poverty by over 15% from 2000 to 2009. "CalFresh – Better Food for Better Living" helps to highlight it as a health and nutrition program encouraging beneficiaries to purchase a variety of healthy foods in grocery stores and markets. WIC CAN HELP campaign is designed to help the one million California families we serve to survive and protect their children’s health in these tough times. The campaign builds local agency staff capacity to inform and connect WIC families with all possible community assistance programs, from dental care to foreclosure counseling to utility assistance. Apply for CalFresh and other benefits at http://www.benefitscal.com

    Saturday August 4, 2012
    Better Food for Better Living Event
    11am – 3pm
    Superior Grocers
    133 W. Ave 45
    Los Angeles, CA 90065


    Cooking demos, health screenings, raffle prizes. Learn how to make healthy changes - Free.

    For more information contact: Lourdes Acosta
    Retail Program Manager            213-351-7850 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            213-351-7850      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      

    Cal WIC Association is a non-profit organization with a mission to nourish, educate, support, and empower families in building a healthy future.

    Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
    Founder of Fit-Twist

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    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Pool Safety

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    Drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of 14. Drowning can happen so fast — sometimes in less than 2 minutes after a person's head goes under the water. That leaves very little time for someone to help.
    Many drownings and near-drownings occur when a kid accidentally falls into a swimming pool. But accidents can happen anywhere — at someone's home or even at your own house, and that's why you need to know how to be safe around water. Pools are awesome! What could be better than a dip in the pool and fun in the sun? But remember a pool's sides and bottom are usually made of concrete, a rock-hard material. A slip or fall could be painful and dangerous.
    Have you seen those big numbers painted on the side of the pool? Those are called depth markers — they tell you how deep the water is at that point. You should always look before you jump into a pool. You should also only dive off the diving board. Never dive off the side of the pool unless an adult says that the water is deep enough. The water may be shallower than you think. If you hit the bottom . . . ouch! You might get knocked out or you could hurt your neck very badly.
    Test the pool's water temperature before you plunge in. Cold water can shock your body and make your blood pressure and heart rate go up. You might accidentally open your mouth to yell and accidentally breathe in some water. Cold water can also slow your muscles, making it hard to swim.
    For more information, click link 
    Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
    Founder of Fit-Twist

    P.S. Join Let's Move West L.A! http://letsmovewestla.ning.com

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Childhood Obesity

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    The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is excited to announce the release of two demonstration videos on NCCOR’s online tools: the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems and the Measures Registry. The animated videos describe the purpose and functions of these tools and demonstrate how to navigate the catalogue and registry to search for relevant measures‚ data resources, or surveillance systems. Check out the videos at: http://nccor.org/resources/nccor/videos.php.
    Designed to help researchers more easily investigate childhood obesity in America, the Catalogue provides one-stop access for users to review, sort, and compare more than 85 surveillance systems relevant to childhood obesity research and the evaluation of policy and environmental interventions. The Registry is a portfolio of more than 800 measures related to diet and physical activity. The tool allows researchers to more efficiently find and select measures that are critical to accelerating obesity prevention research. NCCOR is a collaboration among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accelerate progress on reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Through the collective efforts of these organizations, NCCOR aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of research on childhood obesity. Please visit www.nccor.org for more information about the videos, a full list of NCCOR projects, upcoming events, and childhood obesity research highlights.



    The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) announces the opening of the "Childhood Obesity Challenge," an online competition designed to provide new and creative solutions to this public health crisis. The Challenge is open to individuals or teams from any sector, and presents an outlet for innovative solutions to childhood obesity that are outside the standard framework of scientific research publications.

    Winners will receive a cash prize and will be featured in the print and online editions of AJPM.
    The deadline for submitting entries is 5 pm EDT Aug. 15, 2012.
    To submit an idea for reducing childhood obesity, or to learn more about the

    Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
    Founder of Fit-Twist

    P.S. Join Let's Move West L.A! http://letsmovewestla.ning.com