According to the LA County Department of Public Health, 42% of children are obese or overweight. The problem is particularly acute in low-income, high-minority communities which regularly lack safe outdoor play space and recreational facilities. A recent study by the Children’s Defense Fund found adolescents who live in low-income neighborhoods were nine times more likely to be overweight when compared to their peers in better-off areas. Unfortunately, with average Physical Education budgets of only $500, schools can rarely compensate for the fitness resources their neighborhoods lack.
For more than a decade Sound Body Sound Mind has contributed to the health and well-being of our nation’s youth by providing state-of-the-art fitness centers, fitness education curricula and educator training to schools across the country. With 100 fitness centers serving over 100,000 students every year, we are proud to have trained over 400 educators on our curriculum.
Over 85% of our partner schools are located in low-income communities, where students have limited access to safe fitness resources. Body Sound Mind has contributed over $4 million to enhance physical education programs – all thanks to the generous support of donors, educators, communities and students!
Recently, Sound Body Sound Mind partnered with UCLA professor and Associate Dean Dr. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools (RKF) to study the effectiveness of the Sound Body Sound Mind Curriculum. The comprehensive study examined the curriculum’s effect of student fitness levels, as well as student, parent and teacher perceptions of exercise. The study came back wit overwhelmingly positive results.
Recent Study About the SBSM Curriculum Published in The Journal of Education and Training Studies. Read article »
Before participation in the curriculum, 20% of students achieved passing scores on the FITNESSGRAM test. After participating in the curriculum, 40% more students passed the FITNESSGRAM.
After participating in the curriculum, students at RFK exceeded the passing averages for LAUSD and California students.
After participating in the curriculum, more students achieved passing scores for each component of the FITNESSGRAM. These tests measure aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.