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There has been widespread acceptance of physical activity as a global public health issue, with many countries including it as part of their national public health plans. Unfortunately, physical activity is often treated as a secondary factor hidden in broad non-communicable disease planning efforts.
To make the transition easier from possibly being a couch potato during the last two COVID years to a healthier, more fit individual, a graduate-student-led health training and nutrition education program offers free, bilingual health education and fitness classes every Saturday through October at El Cariso Community Regional Park in Sylmar.
I showed up in sneakers and sweats, prepared to join the exercise class that meets every Thursday morning in Canoga Park.
I expected lots of stretching, a few jumping jacks, an easy jog around the grassy field at Lanark Park. The lawn was lined with yoga mats and ringed with baby strollers. The students were mostly moms, some clad in denim pants and spangly tops.
How hard could this class be?
3 WINS Fitness started in 2011 as a project by a group of California State University, Northridge kinesiology students and faculty to bring health training and nutrition education to the community for free. Originally called 100 Citizens and recognized by the White House in 2013, the program operates in underserved communities across Southern California
At Five Years, CSUN’s 3 Wins Fitness Makes its Mark on Locals’ Health – and Now Focuses Across the State
Mary-Anne Saffon-King was involved in a car accident in 2013. The crash left her in a coma for two days and then, when she awoke, seriously limited her mobility on the right side of her body. Three years later she is exercising, dancing and smiling at the San Fernando Recreation Park three mornings a week – without any physical sign of the injuries from her accident.
Diabetes y presión arterial alta. Los participantes del programa de ejercicio gratuito ofrecido en parques en el Valle de San Fernando, en el sur de Los Ángeles, San Francisco y el condado de Stanislaus son en su mayoría latinos y sufren de estas y otras enfermedades crónicas.
It’s early on a Wednesday morning and this city’s Recreation Park is bustling with dozens of people doing sprints, leg lifts and squats as enthusiastic students from California State University, Northridge cheer them on.
Regular physical activity promotes good health and well-being. Yet, about 80 percent of American adults do not meet the minimum recommended levels for cardiovascular activity and strength training needed to support optimal health and prevent the risk of chronic diseases.
It’s early on a Wednesday morning and San Fernando's Recreation Park is bustling with dozens of people doing sprints, leg lifts and squats as enthusiastic students from California State University, Northridge cheer them on.
Es temprano un miércoles a la mañana y el Recreation Park de esta ciudad está lleno de docenas de personas haciendo carreras cortas, elevación de piernas y sentadillas, estimulados por los entusiastas estudiantes de la Universidad Estatal de California, en Northridge
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3 WINS Fitness—Student-Delivered Free and Sustainable Exercise Programming in Public Parks: A Scalable Public Health Solution
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3 WINS Fitness: Sustainable, Affordable, and Scalable Fitness Program for the Next Generation
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