California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Kinesiology students are engaged in the most important work ever. We seek to further expand 100 Citizens; a sustainable, replicable, and affordable park-based solution for improving the public’s health. 100 Citizens was recognized at the White House in 2013 and has operated without external funding since its 2011 creation at CSUN.
Our SPOTLIGHT is on communities who are the most physically inactive and most susceptible to developing diabetes, coronary artery disease, and obesity. Physical inactivity is the 4th leading cause of death. We have built a replicable infrastructure expanding to 6 public parks including 2 in South Los Angeles. Currently, over 80 students are serving 250 participants.
Three of our students applied to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) with a Commitment to Action of expanding 100 Citizens CSU system-wide; 21 Kinesiology Departments in communities throughout California. We were selected and recognized at the international CGI U conference as the first step to replicating our program across the country.
Our Commitment will require an average of $7,000 per university for 3 lead students to visit each university for 3 days on 3 separate visits to install the sustainable infrastructure. The funds are for travel, lodging, food and equipment totaling $140,000. We will change the trajectory of public health in communities across California and gain leadership skills, public speaking, organization management and more. Please generously support our quest to make America healthier! Funds received greater than the objective will go to establish programs in other university Kinesiology programs throughout California.