Walking to Wellness Program

submission by Walking

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Life Change Up

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Non-profit organization

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I am a sole proprietor looking for a fiscal sponsor or to form a non-profit.

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


This is a Life Skills Training Program teaching the positive effects of walking on physical and mental well-being while learning to replace unhealthy habits with healthy habits, and promoting support from within the group through trust and sharing.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The Walking-to-Wellness Program is a qualitatively and quantitatively measured health improvement plan, consisting of leader-facilitated group interaction focusing on cooperation, developing goals, and the processes required for reaching those goals. The program stresses individual attention and support and requires a 2-day per week, 7-week commitment to creating a healthier lifestyle. The two main elements of this program are Walking and Changing Unhealthy Habits.

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)


Other (please specify below):

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

Other (please specify below):

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.


Although Americans in all income brackets report better emotional health when they exercise and eat fruits and vegetables regularly, low-income Americans experience an even bigger emotional boost from practicing these good health habits than those with higher income levels. More than half of LA County’s adult population is overweight or obese. Statistics show that residents from low-income areas in LA are at higher risk for preventable diseases that are linked to obesity.

This program is for low-income people who have:
• Limited resources & lack access to healthy, affordable foods
• Fewer opportunities for physical activity
• High stress levels
• Limited access to health care

This program is for people who suffer from chronic conditions, including but not limited to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, depression, in which a lack of exercise and other factors contribute to the originating problem.

Research has shown that taking time for fitness is a habit that triggers widespread change. Exercise is a Keystone Habit (more important than other habits) that unlocks the secret of well-being by changing the mental image we have of ourselves. People start thinking of themselves as a person who exercises and has self-discipline. When people exercise, they start eating better and procrastinating less. They start changing other habits unconsciously, become more productive at work, and have less stress.

The two main focuses of this program are Walking and Changing Unhealthy Habits, inspired by the book, “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg.

Course Work:
Introduction to the value of exercise
Positive effects of exercise on physical & mental well-being
Understanding how habits work
Keystone Habits
3 parts of a habit, aka “The Habit Loop”:
• Cue
• Routine
• Reward
Diagnosing and reshaping your habits in four steps:
• Identify the routine
• Experiment with rewards
• Isolate the cue
• Have a plan
Learn to replace unhealthy habits with healthy habits

Support Group Sharing:
• Week-to-week progress
• Goals
• Stories
• Areas of difficulty
• Successes
• Frustrations
• Problem solving
• Questions & answers

30-min. weekly group walk
Between meetings:
30-min. 1-on-1 weekly walk with facilitator per participant

Individual support between meetings via text, email & phone.

Monthly Group Follow-Up Meetings:
For the first 4 months after program completion, participants will continue to meet once a month for ongoing support & personal tune-ups.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


The effectiveness of the program on participants’ overall health and well-being will be measured using objective and subjective data. There will be a third party Registered Nurse to track and keep reports on individual progress.
The program will develop an individualized service plan (ISP) for each group member that includes:

Quantitative Baseline
• Blood pressure changes
• Weight
• BMI decrease

Quantitative Changes
• Blood pressure changes
• Weight
• BMI decrease

Quantitative Measurements = Qualitative Outcome
• Overall mental well-being
• Mood
• Attitude
• Self-Esteem
• Confidence
• Discipline
• Energy Level

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

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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This is a fantastic idea! For those of us that would rather not walk at all than walk alone, this is the perfect solution! I can't think of a better way to get off the couch and get motivated. Not only do you get the personal attention, but you make some new friends as well! I'm in!

by GSP4Me
6 months ago

I work in the medical field and know first hand how badly this is needed. Our patients are getting heavier and sicker due to lack of exercise and proper diet. Way to go !!!!! Good Luck!!!
Heidi F, RN

by Heidifrancis
6 months ago

This looks really good for those needing to bake significant changes in their eating and exercise. Starting nice and slow, giving them lots of support and a path to success. Good job!

by ckravetz
6 months ago

Excellent program!

by Hulahuper
6 months ago

What a great program! The benefits of walking on a regular basis, even for short periods of time, are tremendous for the mind, body and spirit. A program that offers individualize attention, and helps keep people motivated and engaged, is sorely needed.

by michm
6 months ago

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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