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.
The 100 Citizens model is Kinesiology educated students providing a FREE exercise/education program to the community. There is no cost and it is open to adults from 18-80 years.
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. This is what 100 Citizens is about: Kinesiology students changing the health of a community.
For those unfamiliar, Kinesiology is an academic discipline involving the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life (AKA). It is a rarity for our students to read that physical inactivity alone causes 6% of the problems related to coronary heart disease or 9% of premature mortality (Lee) or that physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death around the world (Kohl) and to think, “I can do something about this in my community and across the country.” From this classroom conversation, 100 Citizens was born. The program has evolved from a small program of 20 participants in San Fernando, CA to a program with over 100 participants at the same site and it also now includes a diabetes prevention program. The program has resulted in additional revenue generating classes being added to Recreation Park’s curriculum and a general “activation of the park” with people beyond the 100 Citizens program using the park for purposeful exercise. The questions asked are, “Could the students do more? Could they replicate/expand and sustain the program?”
CSUN students have taken on the challenge. They are empowering themselves to expand to four parks in four different communities. Their intention is for Kinesiology students across the country to embrace the possibility that they too could conduct a 100 Citizens program and this is how Kinesiology can effect health change in the United States. For our CSUN students to accomplish their objectives, they were exposed to and asked to listen, understand and apply three assertions from a different generation:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. 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. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” – President John F. Kennedy
And Failure is not an option
FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and beyond. Gene Kranz, Copyright 2000, Simon & Schuster
- Please take the time to view the entirety of this site; videos, look at the tabs and understand what 100 Citizens has to offer. There is information for potential participants, for interested students looking to be involved, and for Kinesiology students across the country who want to replicate what CSUN students have accomplished in Los Angeles. The 100 Citizen’s team is here to improve the lives of our citizens . . . community by community.
1.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.
2.American Kinesiology Association. Definition of Kinesiology available at http://www.americankinesiology.org/About-us accessed August 10, 2012.
3.I. Lee, E.J. Shiroma, F. Lobelo, P. Puska, S.N. Blair, P.T. Katzmarzyk. The Lancet. July 2012; 380 (9838): 219-229.
The following video gives a sense of what’s possible with 100 Citizens in your community.
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.
The program is a modification of the on-line available curriculum: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/recognition/curriculum.htm