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Grassroots Training for Health: Combating Obesity One Community at a Time

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by Grassroots Training for Health

Grassroots Training for Health is a non-profit organization that collaborates with community fitness experts and city leaders to establish an affordable physical exercise programs under-served Communi


Are any other organizations collaborating on this proposal?

Academy of Strength and Sport

Please describe your project proposal.

an affordable exercise program for a “community.” The “community” will be a group of people who assemble on a regular basis for a common goal/interest in a predefined structure or building. The Grassroots Training for Health and Academy of Strength/Sport will provide the exercise equipment and group classes along with a train-the-trainer program for the purpose of the Community to maintain an exercise program independently.

Which of the live metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Self-sufficiency
  • Obesity
  • Resilient communities

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

  • Central LA
  • San Fernando Valley
  • City of Los Angeles

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to live?

The Grassroots Training for Health project will help make LA a great place to live by developing a culture of health through a partnership with community members for the establishment of a self-managed physical exercise program to combat obesity in underserved communities. In most cases, obesity can be prevented or controlled by regular physical activity. However, 80% of people in the United States do not meet the federally recommended minimum exercise guidelines. Obesity is a major health concern. Adult obesity rates range from 10% to 40% in Los Angeles County. Cities and regions with the highest obesity rates of 30% to 40% include Baldwin Hills, Bell Gardens, Carson, Compton, Culver City, Downey, Inglewood, Lennox, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Hawthorn, Gardena, and Paramount.

The Grassroots Training for Health project’s goals are twofold: (1) Establish a program within the community to build a culture of health through a structured physical activity program, and (2) Establish a train-the-trainer program in which members of the community can be the exercise trainer at the conclusion of the Grassroots for Health program.

The Grassroots Training for Health project will equip the Community with the necessary equipment to begin a basic workout routine. The Grassroots Training for Health has partnered with the founder of Academy of Strength and Sport, Danny Henry to be the exercise champion for the Community. Danny Henry will teach two fitness classes per week for the Community for the award period. This project will work with the Community members and Danny Henry in selecting the members that will go through the train-the-trainer program. The Grassroots Training for Health, the Community, and Danny Henry will formulate workout routines and class times that best meets the schedule of the Community. Danny Henry will work with the Community in selecting the future trainers through an application process.

At the conclusion of the Grassroots Training for Health program, the community members will have the necessary skills and equipment to run a physical exercise training program independently. The engagement and efforts by the members of the Community to promote health through physical activity will foster and cultivate a Community that is resilient and healthy. The Grassroots Training for Health program hopes to empower the Community to cultivate and maintain a positive health culture for many generations to come.

The Grassroots Training for Health has identified the Community, in the initial phase as “Churches.” A “church” provides the structure and the Community in which this project will benefit the most.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

The Grassroots Training for Health project aims to 1) Foster a culture of health through development and implementation of a physical activity program within a Community; 2) Establish a self-sufficient and resilient Community that can successfully maintain a physical activity program independently. Measurements for two aims are:

  • The number of members that participate in the physical exercise training classes.
  • The number of classes an individual takes on a weekly basis.
  • The number of train-the-trainees within the year of Grassroots Training for Health for Health project.
  • The percentage of members who would like to continue with the exercise program at the conclusion of the Grassroots Training for Health for Health project.
  • The average weight pre and post six months after the first exercise class.
  • The members’ overall satisfaction with the Grassroots Training for Health program.
  • The members’ overall perception of health pre and post six months after the first exercise class. We will survey the members before, within six months of the project, and post implementation. The members will have an ongoing opportunity to provide feedback as a group or one-to-one during the implementation phase of this project.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Advisors/board members
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Community outreach
  • Quality improvement research