SBSM Healthy Tomorrow Initiative

submission by lukebrauer
SBSM Healthy Tomorrow Initiative

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

The Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation

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Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


The Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation (SBSM) promotes self-confidence and healthy lifestyle choices among youth by providing state-of-the-art fitness equipment and resources to underserved middle and high school students in Los Angeles.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


$100,000 will supply two LAUSD high schools with state-of-the-art fitness centers, the SBSM curriculum and professional development training for the school’s physical education department. Following an eight-week implementation of the SBSM Curriculum, we expect to improve student passing rates by a minimum 25% on the Fitnessgram assessment (California State proficiency test for student physical fitness) as well as improve student’s perception of fitness and exercise at these high schools.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, 42 percent of our children are obese or overweight. The problem is particularly acute in low-income and minority communities where there is a lack of safe outdoor play space and an abundance of fast food restaurants.

Unfortunately, with average Physical Education budgets of only $500, LAUSD schools are rarely able to compensate for the recreational and fitness resources their neighborhoods lack. In fact, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the most frequently cited barriers to physical activity opportunities for students are resources, time, and staff capacity. There are 350 middle and high schools in LAUSD, of which SBSM currently serves 95. This leaves over 200 schools in our local district alone without effective physical fitness resources.

SBSM confronts this problem with an innovative approach, providing low-income schools in need of fitness resources with a comprehensive physical education package to promote the lifelong values of exercise and active living. A grant from L.A. 2050 will help supply two LAUSD high schools with state-of-the-art fitness centers, the SBSM Curriculum, and professional development training for the school’s physical education department.

Each new fitness center includes a selection of commercial-grade cardiovascular equipment (ellipticals, hybrid cycles, spin bikes and arm cycles), strength training equipment (weights and strength machines), and mobile equipment such as jump ropes and agility ladders.

In addition, each new school receives the Sound Body Sound Mind Curriculum and professional development training. The Sound Body Sound Mind Curriculum is an evidence-based instructional program combining circuit training, the fundamentals of movement, and methodologies for motivating students. The Curriculum provides 36 age-appropriate lessons that are structured yet flexible, and also discusses the research and theories that inform them.

Once trained, teachers can empower their students to develop competence and confidence in a variety of fitness activities. Furthermore, students can incorporate these lessons outside of school, thus enabling them to maintain fit and healthy lifestyles into adulthood.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Following installation of the fitness centers and completion of the teacher trainings, each school implements the SBSM curriculum for an eight-week period in their classes for a minimum of 100 students. Before and after the eight-week program, we require each physical education staff to collect student Fitnessgram data for the 100 students. The Fitnessgram is a state-mandated test that measure fitness levels in students, and for our purposes, evaluates the overall impact of SBSM programming and curriculum on student health. Along with the Fitnessgram we require the physical education staff to collect survey data measuring student attitudes toward exercise, body image, and fitness knowledge. After collection of the two sets of data, we conduct comparative analysis of the pre and post fitness center and curriculum implementation.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

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Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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