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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
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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.

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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!

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

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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