live / 2015

SBSM Healthy Tomorrow Initiative

SBSM Healthy Tomorrow Initiative

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by The Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation

$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.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • LAUSD

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Mobilize for systems change

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Obesity rates
  • Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

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?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research