BREATHE LA’s O24u® environmental educational program empowers youth in underserved Los Angeles communities with the health education tools necessary to improve their indoor and outdoor environments, manage lung health risks, and prevent related illnesses such as asthma. The program uniquely addresses environmental education and encourages youth to become advocates for clean air and healthy lungs by promoting sustainable behaviors in support of a healthier environment and greater lung health for themselves and their community.
O24u® places special emphasis on engaging children living in disproportionately impacted communities by the social determinants of health. We target grades 3-8 to align with California Environmental Education Initiative principles. Curriculum topics range from air pollution and health concepts to practical solutions that everyone can take to reduce harmful emissions and mitigate effects of air pollution and toxic indoor environments. Students complete an O24u® ‘Be Green’ commitment at the beginning of the program, pledging to play an important role sharing environmentally friendly habits with friends, family, and their community.
O24u® utilizes a train-the-trainer approach with on-going technical support. BREATHE LA health educators train after-school facilitators to ensure their understanding and ability to teach the curriculum to children. Additionally, each student takes pre- and post- tests and facilitators implement one activity per module. BREATHE LA health educators monitor student knowledge gain and provide incentive items/certificates to students upon completion of the program. As a result of our success, many students report positive behavior changes such as recycling and reduced resource consumption.
The O24u® curriculum consists of seven distinct modules:
- Indoor Toxins
- Health Effects of Air Pollution
- CO2 and Climate Change
- Renewable Energy Sources
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Modules include fun, interactive activities that educate and empower students to become advocates for clean air within their homes, schools and communities.
BREATHE LA is pleased to introduce a hands-on, garden-based learning program aimed to enhance students’ environmental literacy. Project GROW complements the O24u® environmental education program, emphasizing the connection between the environment, food, and health. This addition to the BREATHE LA O24u® program is a localized response to the need for creation and expansion of nutrition promotion efforts to improve neighborhood food environments among underserved and disparately impacted Los Angeles County communities presently served by the O24u® program.
Project GROW supports Los Angeles County Department of Public Health initiatives to narrow the environmental literacy gap among Los Angeles communities inversely plagued by the social determinants of health impacting access to healthy food choices. Participants are introduced to key concepts related to the plant cycle, urban garden ecosystems, healthy food choices, food justice, and food security. Students will learn about how healthy food options are inextricably linked to community health and how food justice is inarguably interconnected to the obesity epidemic plaguing Los Angeles County. Project GROW participants will be empowered to lead advocacy efforts that confront issues of food deserts and food injustice that affect their health and the health of their communities.
The coupling of O24u® and Project GROW aims to ultimately reduce the health burden plaguing low-income communities of Los Angeles County, decreasing obesity and associated complications such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and joint degeneration and empowering youth to lead efforts within their own community that promote gardening and healthy eating habits.
BREATHE LA has collaborated with Partners In Care Foundation™ to exclusively offer our Better Breather’s Club® members an evidence-based program on Chronic Disease Self-Management, Tomando Control de su Salud. A Stanford Small-Group Self-Management Program, Tomando Control de Su Salud was developed by the Stanford Patient Education Research Center to specifically assist Latinos with chronic illness based on self-efficacy and the confidence one has to master a new skill or affect one’s own health. Tomando Control de su Salud is a 6-week workshop facilitated by two certified leaders leading a once-weekly curriculum that benefits individuals living with chronic disease such as COPD. Tomando Control de su Salud Discussion Topics include:
- Healthy eating
- Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
- Managing depression
- Appropriate use of medications
- Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
- Relaxation techniques
- Appropriate use of the health care system
- How to evaluate new treatment
- Better Breathing
For more information on the program, click on the link here, or follow the link below:
Pictured: Participants with their certificates of completion at the last Tomando Control de Su Salud workshop at White Memorial.
No to Tobacco is BREATHE LA’s updated anti-tobacco program. It is designed to equip kids ages 8-14 with the skills to confidently choose a tobacco- and nicotine-free lifestyle, and to advocate for the health and well-being of their communities. The program curriculum covers the health and environmental consequences of tobacco and nicotine use, developing assertive communication skills, and utilizing social advocacy strategies to promote community health.
CVS Health and Breathe California “Be The First” Anti-Tobacco Contest
Student filmmakers from high schools and middle schools across California received regional honors in the first state-wide Public Service Announcements (PSA) campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco.
Our regional winners can be viewed in the playlist below, or by clicking the link: