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Healthy Habits

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation are looking for everyday families living in urban areas who have contributed to the healthy habits in their homes, schools and communities. I know you all are familiar with the Be Well Books with stories from moms. Now we need your help in identifying stories of fathers.

We’re specifically looking for stories around physical activity. Has a dad inspired his family to get moving? Does his family do physical activities together? Has a dad lost weight by having a regular exercise routine and involved his family in the process? If you know a family who is working together to lead a healthier lifestyle, we want to hear about it.

Anyone may nominate a person they know or a person might be interested in nominating himself. There is no limit on the number of dads an individual may submit. Once stories are selected, they could be included in a book produced by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in order to help other families establish healthy lifestyles.

If you have a father who might be a good fit, please contact Angela Austin  Angela.Austin(at)

Maya Oubre

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation

Office  323.584.6218

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

Aging: Fall Prevention


Did you know…

Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.

How can older adults prevent falls?

Older adults can remain independent and reduce their chances of falling.  They can:
    • Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance, and that they get more challenging over time. Tai Chi programs are especially good.
    • Ask their doctor or pharmacist to review their medicines-both prescription and over-the counter-to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
    • Have their eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update their eyeglasses to maximize their vision.  Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
    • Make their homes safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding stair railings and improving the lighting in their homes.

To lower their hip fracture risk, older adults can:

  • Get adequate calcium and vitamin D-from food and/or from supplements.
  • Do weight bearing exercise.
  • Get screened and treated for osteoporosis.

 See full article in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 For more information:

P.S. Yoga improves balance and coordination.

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Join LetsMove! West LA

July 28 Mar Vista Park 10 am – 12 pm

11430 Woodbine Ave., Los Angeles 90066

Exercise stations (yoga, sprints, jump rope, rockwall climb, lifts, stretching, dance, hula hoop +  more) – Nutritious Cooking demos and more. Fun for kids and families. This is a free event, RSVP at


Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla

Health Advocate

Beach Yoga

11th Annual FREE Summer Beach Yoga Series


7:00pm until last light on 

Tuesdays, June 19 – August 14



The water’s edge at the intersection of Rose Ave. and the Pacific Ocean in Venice.  You can easily park and walk from Exhale Center for Sacred Movement.  Local residents are encouraged to cruise down the boardwalk on bikes, skates or slowly strolling.  Beach parking is available at the site for $5.


Please bring a LARGE BEACH TOWEL (NO MATS!) and dress appropriately (lightweight beach pants or tights, longsleeves, sweatshirt or fleece jacket, socks)–LAYER UP!  Weather permitting, there will also be an optional sunset swim–prepare or go bare.


This is a family friendly event and children–including your inner child–are most welcome.  Please feel free to forward this email invitation to your friends and family.  Prior yoga experience is not necessary. See you on the beach!

Aaron Reed and the Beach Yoga Tribe

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

June 22 Wellness Expo

Friday, June 22, 2012  WSAbigreddot 2:00 p.m.  5:00 p.m.

Union Bank, San Gabriel Branch, 401 E. Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel, CA 91776

This fun Health & Wellness Expo will provide you with helpful tips on physical activity, nutrition, financial fitness and how to live a long healthy life. You will also have an opportunity to check your blood pressure, get BMI (Body Mass Index) screenings and obtain free heart health education to see if you’re on track to a healthier lifestyle.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death among Asians2. Learn your numbers and your risks at this life changing event.


Ingrid Cheng

Health Advocate


  • Free blood pressure screenings courtesy of Union Bank
  • BMI (Body Mass Index) screenings
  • Free heart health information

Stanley Lau, M.D., 
Southern California Heart Center


Health Webinar

Register Now 

June 21, 2012  |  

12–12:45 PM ET

 We Support a Healthier Future - Healthy People 2020

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar on Thursday, June 21, from 12–12:45 PM ET. This month, we will address issues related to reproductive and sexual health.

To commemorate National HIV Testing Day, the Webinar will feature The Bronx Knows, an initiative that has seen success in identifying people in the Bronx who are HIV positive but undiagnosed and connecting them to much-needed care. Additionally, the Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard Koh, will announce new data on the national percentage of people living with HIV who are aware of their status. The presenters will then answer your questions related to this month’s topic.

Share Your Organization’s Story

Is your organization leading the Leading Health Indicators?

We’re looking for real stories from organizations that are working to make their goals a reality. If your organization is doing great work on specific Leading Health Indicators, we want to hear about it! Submitting your story is easy—all you have to do is fill out the online application.

You must be a member of the Healthy People 2020 Consortium to enter. If you are not a member, you can sign up at You will be asked to provide the specific Leading Health Indicator that your program addresses and a brief description of the program. Check out some of the current Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? implementation stories.

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Community Events

June 14, 2012 from 4pm to 4:30pm

Office Fitness Challenge Site Planning

Stoner Park recreation Center

1835 Stoner Ave.

Please arrive early to park & find our meeting room. For volunteers + activity leaders + sponsors, this short meeting will survey the park grounds and develop a site plan for the event. We’ll also create a timeline, dividing the workload among the Team.

Rotary Impact Meeting

June 18 at South, 3001 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

Monthly happy hour mixer for professional networking and philanthropic planning, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the charity of the month. There’s also a monthly volunteer day, with the goal that each member will eventually spend 24 hours a year volunteering. Members are generally 25-35, though the group has no set age limits.

Per Colby Smith, Rotary Impact posts a few volunteer events per month for our members, and spotlight one nonprofit group at each of their meetings.


Ingrid Cheng