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Health Intern

Community Health Intern, Health Habits Community Benefit program @Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The Community Health Intern will support the adult health education component of the Healthy Habits Program. This person will assist the parent health educator in implementing the Healthy Habits for Families curriculum for parents, support parent groups at partner schools in capacity building projects, and help with curriculum review and development. This person will collect and record evaluation data as requested and track administrative tasks including receipts, mileage, class statistics, among others. The Community Health Intern will also complete other special projects and administrative tasks as assigned. 

Health Habits is a Community Benefit program of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The overall goal of the Healthy Habits Program is to reduce the risks and impacts of obesity in communities of need. 

Educational Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree required; preferred in nutrition/public health/community health or related field. Bilingual in Spanish/English required. 

License/Certification/Registration Requirements:
Hold a current/valid California driver’s license. Must have transportation. 

A minimum of two (2) years experience working with adults in a community health setting required. Experience in adult health education preferred. Ability to manage multiple assignments. Ability to work independently, using sound judgment, and in a well-organized manner. Attention to detail and ability to work well with colleagues, senior staff and community partner.

To apply:
Submit resume online at Search for job number 12490.

Note: New Hires must successfully pass a background check, a prohibited substance screening and a pre-employment physical.

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Free Concert

AUGUST 29 Mardi Gras Night

Big Chief Captain Dan
& The Mardi Gras Gumbo Band
Costumed New Orleans Party Band & Dancers!

FREE parking, Yummy food & Family Friendly

West La Civic Center Bandshell
1645 Corinth Ave.
Los Angeles, ca 90025 

Presented by West LA Neighborhood Council



Good Food on a Budget

Do you promote healthy eating or work with low-income families who are trying to eat well on a budget? Are you looking for a fun, up-to-date, simple yet science-based educational tool for healthy, green and affordable eating that you can share with your clients, friends and families? Do you want to know how its possible to eat well on the cheap?
If so, the Environmental Working Group in collaboration with Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters have a great new resource to share with you. Join the webinar on Wednesday, August 22nd at 9:30 am PT/ 12:30 p.m. ET for the release of Good Food on a Tight Budget, a new practical shopping guide families can use to stretch their food dollar in a healthy sustainable way.

Dial:             (877) 232-9998      
Enter conference code: 3463500787
Click on this link to access slideshow:

Environmental Working Group researchers, in collaboration with Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters and Chef Ann Cooper, created this incredibly useful guide full of the top 100 foods that are delicious, nutritious, clean and green. The guide shows shoppers how to get the best nutritional bang for their buck. It also provides simple tips for eating well, 15 tasty recipes averaging less than $1 a serving, and easy tools for tracking food prices and preparing and planning meals.
Find out how you can use it as an educational tool and resource for your work!
NO RSVP required, but those who do will get an advance copy of the guide. RSVP here:

On Tuesday August 21st, the guide will be available for order or free download at

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Founder of Fit-Twist

Health Grants

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is issuing a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals for a contract with up to eight cities, non-profit organizations, and/or school districts in Los Angeles County to develop and implement one or more strategies that will create an environment where it is convenient, safe and easy for community members to eat healthfully and participate in physical activity every day. Proposers may pursue a variety of strategies including, but not limited to, active transportation plans; zoning and permitting for healthy foods; and safe routes to school plans.
Selected Proposers will receive up to $125,000 per year for approximately four years. AMandatory Intent to Apply Form is due July 30, 2012 by 3:30 PM (PST). Proposals are due by August 30th by 3:30 PM (PST).
This grant program is made possible by an award received by the Department of Public Health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Transformation Grants initiative.
Further information can be obtained under the “Open Solicitations for Public Health” section on the following website:
Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla

Founder of Fit-Twist
P.S. Join Let’s Move West L.A!

Educator Grants

Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes® could help you turn great ideas into reality for students.

For more than 15 years, and with nearly $3.8 million in awarded grants, ING Unsung Heroes has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program’s “alumni” have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.

Applications for the 2013 awards are now available. To make it easier for applicants to fill in the required information, the non-essay portion of the application is now a fillable PDF. All that an applicant needs to do is download the PDF and type in that information directly. Applicants still need to complete the essay and budget sections in a separate Word document or other word processing program, and submit all application materials following the process outlined in the application.

The deadline is April 30, 2013.

See details at


Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Founder of Fit-Twist
P.S. Join Let’s Move West L.A!

Health and Advocacy

The Children’s Collective Inc (TCCI) promotes Health and Wellness through sports and leisure programs designed for children, youth and adults.  The Rita Walters Learning Complex provides structured and unstructured  team and individual recreational activities for the community.  Aerobics classes, yoga classes, pick up games, open court activities, youth and adult basketball leagues and volleyball are among its offerings to keep the community fit. TCCI also promotes Health through nutritious meals it serves to children and youth every day.  Prepared in TCCI’s kitchens, these  meals emphasize fresh fruit and vegetables, with limited salt and saturated fats.  Annually, TCCI serves more than 225,000 breakfasts, lunches and snacks to children enrolled in its programs. Finally, TCCI promotes Health and Wellness through its Health Fairs, where community residents receive immunizations, screenings and treatment from mobile vans provided by community health care providers.

For more information, go to

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Founder of Fit-Twist
P.S. Join Let’s Move West L.A!

Diabetes Prevention

You can reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Learn how you can take small steps to change your diet, increase your level of physical activity, and maintain a healthy weight. With these positive steps, you can stay healthier longer and reduce your risk of diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program-a large study done in people with pre-diabetes-showed that 150 minutes of physical activity a week (30 minutes, 5 times a week) helped prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. In this study, people also lost 10 to 20 pounds by making changes in their eating habits.

Do these guidelines seem hard to fit in to your busy life? It’s not easy to find the time. You won’t go from zero to thirty or sixty (minutes), in a day or week. Take one step at a time. Slowly build up to your goal. Walk for 15 minutes a day for 2-3 days, increase to 30 minutes by day 6. Before you start exercising, it is very important to stretch your muscles effectively. Proper stretching will increase your flexibility and minimize your chances of pulling a muscle. By following this simple routine, you can become loose and limber in a few minutes. Perform all stretches slowly with controlled movements for 10-20 seconds taking slow deep breaths. Do not bounce or stretch to the point of pain.


(Many yoga poses help improve balance and flexibility).

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Founder of Fit-Twist
P.S. Join Let’s Move West L.A!