UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind is an organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity by providing underserved physical education classrooms with comprehensive and state-of-the-art fitness programs in middle and high schools across Los Angeles. These programs also include a full physical education curriculum and professional development for teachers and staff.
UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind directly addresses the lack of fitness equipment in schools by providing state-of-the-art and customized fitness centers for middle schools and high schools. We work individually with schools to select a specialized mix of equipment to align with the goals of physical education departments and the needs of students. From full spin rooms, to weight equipment and cardio equipment mixes, UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind is able to transform physical education by providing resources previously unavailable to most schools.
The Sound Body Sound Mind Curriculum was developed with three goals in mind: to educate students on the fundamentals of fitness and movement, to develop students into "skilled movers", and to make fitness fun. Each of these goals helps students develop a knowledge base they can carry forward into their adult years and encourage students to remain active long-term. The curriculum is a unique combination of the best elements of fitness-based physical education programs, team sports, and research-based youth development strategies. Through a series of 36 lessons that provide a structured, yet flexible learning environment, students develop confidence and competence in an enjoyable environment that focuses on personal improvement and mastery of physical tasks.
UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind offers professional development based on our curriculum for physical educators, afterschool instructors, and other individuals who lead fitness classes. Our professional development sessions are an interactive experience where participants are introduced to the main components of the Sound Body Sound Mind Curriculum through activities and exercise.
Each session is tailored to the participants’ needs. Session length varies based on the number of participants, time available, group interests, and the student population participants work with.
Each Fitness Center Grant provides up to $50,000 for state-of-the-art physical fitness equipment for high school fitness centers and up to $40,000 for middle school fitness centers. With corresponding professional development and the Sound Body Sound Mind Curriculum, the Fitness Center Grant is a comprehensive physical education package for middle schools and high schools.
The Maintenance Grant provides funding for repairs and maintenance to existing UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind Fitness Centers that have been in use for five or more years. This grant is used to restore existing equipment or purchase new equipment if necessary, to directly supplement the original equipment provided by the Fitness Center Grant.
The Technology Grant provides up to $5,000 in equipment to schools in an effort to supplement their current physical education department with modern fitness technology. Examples include projectors, sound systems, assessment tools, tracking technology and more. Four schools that demonstrate a strong vision and desire to implement technology into their physical education programs will be selected for this grant every academic year.
A teacher or administrator must serve as the grant coordinator and fill out the application to be considered for grant funding. If you are a parent, student, or community member, we suggest you contact your school and encourage them to apply. Grants filled out by someone other than school staff will not be considered. The grant application window for 2018 has closed. Please check back in 2019!