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If you have a chronic medical condition please consult a physician before starting any exercise program.
Contact Information
Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Cardiovascular Health
695 South Vermont Avenue
South Tower, 14th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 351-7887
Fax: (213) 637-4879
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Cardiovascular Health
The Cardiovascular Health Program's vision is physically fit families engaging in healthy lifestyles in line with the Surgeon Generalís recommendations. Its mission is to unite the strengths of public, private, nonprofit, and citizen efforts in increasing and promoting physical activity and other healthy lifestyles through policy, programs and initiatives, research and evaluation, and public awareness campaigns to reduce the burden of chronic disease among Angelenos.
Educational Materials

Kids How-to Guide
for 10-Minute Exercise Breaks


Body Mass Index

View and download these activities, and refer to them daily in your fitness program.
For additional health education materials from the Department of Public Health, click here.

Community Resource Portal
Featured Resources

This guide is intended for school staff, and describes the differences between physical education and physical activity, the benefits of effective physical education, California laws regarding physical education, who can teach this subject, how grades must be assigned, and the physical education requirements for high school students.

2013 Los Angeles County Resource List: Free and Low-Cost Opportunities for Physical Activity in Your Community
This guide has specific information organized by city and community about free and low-cost physical activity opportunities at local schools and parks.

Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults
This guide is based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. It can help you decide the number of days, types of activities, and times that fit your schedule.

Champions for Change: Power Up in 10
This resource teaches local community members quick workouts to try when they are on a time budget.

Shape of Yoga
This is a nutrition and physical activity booklet for families. Shape of Yoga is a fun way for you and your family to exercise and learn about healthy food choices. This booklet is a simple way for you to teach others how to perform basic yoga.


Choose Health LA!
Choose Health LA is a local initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to prevent and control chronic disease in Los Angeles County. Click this image to connect with resources for nutrition, active living and healthy LA neighborhoods.

School District
Health Fact Sheets
These fact sheets provide school district-specific information about childhood obesity, park space, economic hardship, and adult mortality from heart disease and stroke for cities within the school district's boundaries. Also provided is information about childhood physical fitness and academic performance (API) for each school within the district.

ABC | Compton | El Monte City | Inglewood | Los Angeles | Mountain View | Paramount | Pasadena | Pomona

School District
Physical Education Tools

These tools were developed for school district staff to improve their Physical Education program. They are model documents based on LAUSD's 2008 Physical Education Board Resolution and 2009 Physical Education Policy Bulletin. Lessons learned from the adoption and implementation of these parent documents have culminated in the model, editable templates available here.

CA Self-Assessment Checklist
Model Action Plan (MAP)
Model School Board Policy
Model School Board Resolution

CA Self-Assessment Checklist
Action Plan (MAP) - coming soon
School Board Policy - coming soon
School Board Resolution - coming soon

School District
Shared Use Resources
The Countywide Joint/Shared Use Moving People to Play (JUMPP) Task Force is chaired by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. JUMPP seeks to increase access to school facilities during non-school hours for physical activity by the general public. Individuals/organizations interested in participating in the Los Angeles County JUMPP Task Force can contact Cardiovascular and School Health to sign up for the JUMPP email list. Below are resources to assist school districts in engaging in shared use.

Model School Board Policy
Policy Brief: Maximizing Opportunities for Physical Activity Through Joint Use
FAQs: Joint Use of School Facilities
Toolkit: Opening School Grounds to the Community After Hours
Building the Evidence: Creating a Framework for Assessing Costs and Impacts of Joint Use Agreements

Physical Activity Guidelines
  • CDC BMI Calculator

  • This calculator provides BMI and the corresponding BMI weight status category. Use this calculator for adults, 20 years old and older.

  • Physical Activity Calorie Calculator

  • The Calorie Control Council developed this calculator to help you see how many calories you expend doing your favorite exercise or activity.

  • Make Your Calories Count

  • Developed by the FDA, Make Your Calories Count is an interactive learning program that provides consumers with information to help plan a healthful diet while managing calorie intake. The exercises will help consumers use the food label to make decisions about which food choice is right for them.

  • Portion Distortion

  • Developed by the DHHS, NIH, and NHLBI, this interactive learning module helps you compare today's portion sizes with those from 20 years ago. Be amazed at how much portions have changed!

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