Archive for January, 2013

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health battles obesity in the inner city through grassroots dance

At the heart of its anti-obesity campaign in the nation’s urban centers, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is increasing physical activity in inner city neighborhoods through grassroots dance, such as hip hop, salsa, and Appalachian “talking dance”.

Click here for details reported in the Los Angeles Times 10-9-12.

UCLA student brings creative arts therapies to those affected by mental illness

Fifth year UCLA undergraduate, Kendra Knudsen, spearheaded the UCLA Creative Minds Project that has brought art therapy, drama therapy, expressive poetry and drumming to persons affected by mental illness at Step Up on Second, a nonprofit organization in Santa Monica. This sustainable program is served by art and drama therapy graduate students and UCLA undergraduate volunteers.  The Creative Minds Project also offers programming at UCLA in the creative arts for healing.  UCLArts and Healing supports all of these projects.

Creative Minds is looking for freshmen and sophomore UCLA undergraduate volunteers. To request an application and learn about the upcoming informational sessions, please email:

Click here to view a UCLA Daily Bruin article that offer details on the experience of participants at Step Up on Second.