Physical INactivity has been described as pandemic; the negative effects on an exceptionally high proportion of the population covering a wide geographic area are health related, economic and also with environmental and socio-cultural implications (Kohl).  The objective of 100 Citizens was to take a global concern and both CHALLENGE AND EMPOWER our Kinesiology students at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) to create an affordable, sustainable and replicable solution.  And to accomplish this solution, they needed to take themselves “seriously,” and embrace the reality that they could have a significant impact on this nationwide pandemic event.


 Following our recent win with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” community and faith-based video and our visit to the White House,  we are proud to say that we are expanding the 100 Citizens model to include four parks in Southern California. 

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere . . . Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” – President John F. Kennedy

“FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.” –  Gene Kranz.  Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and beyond.

The following video gives a sense of what’s possible with 100 Citizens in your community. 

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In the spring of 2014, we implemented a diabetes prevention program which is conducted in San Fernando and will also be conducted in the 100 Citizens park expansion beginning in the spring of 2015.

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The program is a modification of the on-line available curriculum:

1. FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and beyond.  Gene Kranz, Copyright 2000, Simon & Schuster

2.H.W. Kohl, C.L. Craig, E.V. Lambert, S. Inoue, J.R. Alkandari, G. Leetongin, S. Kahlmeier.  The pandemic of physical inactivity: global action for public health. The Lancet.  July 2012; 380 (9838): 294-305.

3.American Kinesiology Association.  Definition of Kinesiology available at accessed August 10, 2012.

4.I. Lee, E.J. Shiroma, F. Lobelo, P. Puska, S.N. Blair, P.T. Katzmarzyk.  The Lancet.  July 2012; 380 (9838): 219-229.