Keck School of Medicine of USC Research Study

Gasol Foundation USA, in collaboration with Keck School of Medicine of USC, is looking for overweight/obese participants age 12-16 for a research study in Southern California. This scientific study will analyze the effects of a home exercise program on health outcomes for overweight/obese youth. Learn more and register here

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California teaches and trains physicians, biomedical scientists and other healthcare professionals, conducts medical research, and treats patients. Founded in 1885, it is the second oldest medical school in California after the UCSF School of Medicine.

Gasol Foundation USA’s Galactic Sports winter programming, in collaboration with Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, will begin in January 2023 at the following locations: El Cariso Community Regional Park (Sylmar, CA), Del Aire Park (Hawthorne, CA), Pamela Park (Duarte, CA), Amelia Mayberry Park (Whittier, CA), Ruben F Salazar Park (East Los Angeles, CA), and Lennox Park (Lennox, CA). Register today – and we’ll see you there! 

Galactic Sports is a community-based program promoting sports and healthy habits. The goal of the program is to reduce risk of childhood obesity among children by engaging them in sports and promoting these healthy habits: diet, physical activity, sleep, and emotional well-being. Galactic Sports is for children ages 6-13. The activities are designed for beginners to gain confidence in the sport.

Gasol Foundation USA presented at the 2022 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo in Boston. Our presentation poster was based on the pilot of the ENERGY program and its impact on children’s physical activity and health in both the United States and Spain. We are proud to be invited to present at the APHA conference in order to share our childhood obesity work, engage with public health experts, and collaborate with other advocates. We look forward to expanding our research for the benefit of children’s health!

On Thursday, October 27th, Gasol Foundation USA hosted our first in-person event since 2016! ‘A Night with the Gasol Foundationtook place at Tatel Restaurant in Beverly Hills. The patio at Tatel provided a collegial setting to showcase our work and mingle with current and new collaborators. We were excited to see friends, partners, and donors who showed their support for our #ZeroChildhoodObesity mission. This friend and fundraiser built momentum for us to continue empowering children to develop healthy habits. We are thrilled to report a generous $50,000 contribution from the Los Angeles Lakers was made at the event. As always, all funds go directly toward our free children’s wellness programs.

 

Sedentary behavior, including sitting for long periods of time, can contribute to adverse health effects, including something referred to as “sitting disease.” In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dani Johnson, a wellness physical therapist with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, explains how to integrate more movement into your daily life. Whether you’re working in an office or from home, Johnson suggests taking breaks every 30-45 minutes throughout your day to perform some simple stretches.

On Thursday, September 15th, Gasol Foundation celebrated our new partnership with the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation with a kick-off event held at Ruben F. Salazar Park. We are officially up and running for the Fall and currently providing our Galactic Sports programming at five Los Angeles County Regional parks (Ruben F. Salazar Park in East Los Angeles, El Cariso Community Regional Park in Sylmar, Pamela Park in Duarte, Sorensen Park in Whittier, and Lennox Park in Lennox) and the Los Angels Boys and Girls Club in Lincoln Heights.

We would like to thank Supervisor Hilda Solis and Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, Norma Garcia, for recognizing our work to reduce the risk of childhood obesity through sports and healthy habits. 

We are happy to announce a new partnership between Gasol Foundation and the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation. This fall, Gasol Foundation USA will be offering our Galactic Sports programming to children ages 6-13 at five LA County Parks on weekday afternoons – Ruben F. Salazar Park in East Los Angeles, El Cariso Community Regional Park in Sylmar, Pamela Park in Duarte, Sorensen Park in Whittier, and Lennox Park in Lennox.

Join us to announce the new partnership with County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Thursday, September 15th at Ruben F. Salazar Park (3864 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023) at 5:30pm PDT.

In attendance: Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation – Norma Garcia, Gasol Foundation USA Executive Director – Hector De La Torre

On Tuesday, July 26th, Gasol Foundation was honored at the Nike Community Impact Fund Celebration Ceremony held at the Nike East LA Community Store. We were one of many 20022 LA – based grant recipients recognized for creating inclusive, active communities and giving kids an opportunity to reach their potential through play and sport.

The Nike Community Impact Fund is a global grant making program that is unique, as it engages Nike employees in the grant making decision-making process. NCIF engages Nike teammates (across retail and corporate) to share their local insights and play a leading role in the decision-making process for selecting recipients each year. Since the program began in 2009, NCIF has awarded more than 1,200 grants, totaling more than $11 million to organizations around the world. We were thrilled to receive a $5,ooo grant from the Nike Community Impact Fund for our Galactic Sports program in June 2022.

Because Nike believes in the in the power of sport to change lives, most of these funds are strategically aligned to have impact with organizations who are getting people active. Gasol Foundation is extremely grateful to Nike and the NCIF for their generosity and support as we continue to make an impact on children through our wellness programs and advocacy.

Gasol Foundation USA is growing and we are currently looking to hire health educators to join our team. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to info@gasolfoundation.org.

Title: Health Educator
Employment Level: Part-time, hourly
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Compensation: $26.00/hour

Under the supervision of the US Program Director and the US Executive Director, the Health Educator is responsible for implementing Gasol Foundation US’ children’s and family programs. The ideal candidate will share Gasol Foundation US’ vision and commitment to service. They will have a demonstrated focus on reducing childhood obesity, promoting healthy lifestyles, and improving the quality of life for children and their families.

General Responsibilities:
● Responsible for delivering multiple health and wellness programs that teach sports and
physical activity, healthy eating, proper sleep, and emotional well-being.
● Facilitate promotion of healthy habits to children and adults.
● Assist in collecting pre- and post-session data, including surveys, participants’ height,
weight, and waist circumference.
● Participate in Gasol Foundation US team meetings.
● Assist in presentations and demonstrations at special public events.
● Assist with other related duties as assigned.


Skills and Desired Experience
● College Diploma required
● Demonstrated education and/or experience in health, public health, sports science,
kinesiology, physical education, nutrition, and/or child development preferred
● Experience working with school-age children in classroom and outdoor settings
preferred
● Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification required
● Must complete Live Scan fingerprint background check
● Ability to speak, understand and write in Spanish is a plus
● Must be energetic, self-motivated, creative, and detail-oriented
● Must be able to exhibit effective oral and written communication skills including reflective
listening and interpersonal skills

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez; the High Commissioner against Child Poverty, Ernesto Gasco; and the co-founder of the Gasol Foundation, Pau Gasol, presented the cross-cutting plan to reduce childhood obesity by 25% by 2030.
  • The Gasol Foundation has acted as a strategic ally in the development of the Plan, and its coordination has been carried out by the High Commissioner against Child Poverty. In addition, 15 ministries, 18 scientific institutions, 13 third sector organizations and 25 associations and federations that have represented the economic sector have participated.
  • Spain leads all countries of the European Union in child excess weight: 4 out of 10 girls and boys are obese or overweight. 
  • In addition, obesity has doubled in girls and adolescents in the last 20 years.
  • The National Strategic Plan for the Reduction of Childhood Obesity adopts a transversal, multilevel and holistic vision to reverse one of the main health challenges of the 21st century.

Spain has a plan to reduce childhood obesity by 25% over the next 8 years. Last Friday, June 10, Pau Gasol, president of the Gasol Foundation (foundation of the brothers Pau and Marc Gasol whose mission is to prevent childhood obesity) participated in the presentation of the National Strategic Plan for the Reduction of Childhood Obesity. The foundation worked jointly with President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, the High Commissioner for the fight against child poverty, Ernesto Gasco, and a representation of various ministries, third sector organizations and associations. In addition, in this event also participated María Neira, director of Public Health and the Environment of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The National Strategic Plan for the Reduction of Childhood Obesity lays the foundations for all stakeholders in society to act against this problem by following the four pillars of healthy living habits: physical activity and sports, healthy eating, sleep and emotional well-being. The Gasol Foundation has acted as a strategic ally in the preparation of the plan, hand in hand with the High Commissioner for the fight against child poverty, who has assumed its coordination. In addition, 15 ministries, 18 scientific institutions, 13 third sector organizations and 25 associations and federations representing the economic sector have participated.

“This National Strategic Plan for the Reduction of Childhood Obesity represents a before and after in the history of our country and is a turning point for all children and adolescents in Spain”, commented the president of the Gasol Foundation Pau Gasol. “Spain has all the conditions to become a world leader in the prevention of childhood obesity and in the promotion of healthy habits with strategic policies and leading by example.”

An alliance for the comprehensive well-being of children

The need for a project of this magnitude is made clear by the results of various studies such as the ALADINO 2019 by AESAN, according to which 4 out of 10 children between the ages of 6 and 9 (40 .6%) in Spain are overweight or obese (23.3% overweight and 17.3% obese). These figures are complemented by those of the PASOS 2019 study by the Gasol Foundation, which establishes 32.5% excess weight for adolescents (from 12 to 16 years old) and reveals a clear increase in obesity (specifically double) in girls and adolescents in the last 20 years.

On the other hand, there are physiological, psychological and social consequences that affect families living in vulnerable situations, who have a higher prevalence of this problem. Specifically, childhood obesity doubles for boys and girls in households with less income.

In the context of this reality, the President of the Government confirmed that the Plan “will have priority consideration in the General State Budgets” and in the regional and local budgets, and “the private sector will collaborate in the development of actions, since it will be declared an Exceptional Event of Public Interest.” The National Strategic Plan for the Reduction of Childhood Obesity has more than 200 measures that will be developed along 6 strategic lines: 

  1. Generate a social ecosystem that promotes physical activity and sports.
  2. Generate a social ecosystem that promotes healthy eating.
  3. Generate a social ecosystem that promotes emotional well-being and adequate rest.
  4. Strengthen public systems to promote healthy lifestyles.
  5. Guarantee the protection of children’s health.
  6. Create a cultural shift towards healthy lifestyles.

Most of the measures included in the plan are structural and are aimed at converting the environments in which children grow into health-promoting environments.

Participants such as María Neira, director of Public Health and the Environment of the World Health Organization (WHO); chef Joan Roca, patron of the Gasol Foundation; and Teresa Perales, Paralympic swimming record holder, help improve the visibility of the Plan.

The Gasol Foundation, a strategic ally of the Plan

The Pau and Marc Gasol Foundation has been part of the process of drawing up the Strategic Plan for the Reduction of Childhood Obesity since its inception, which was born as a result of the meeting  held last October between Pau Gasol, and the Gasol Foundation team, with the President of the Government Pedro Sánchez and the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias.

The Gasol Foundation has coordinated with the High Commissioner for the Fight against Child Poverty to contribute, with its knowledge and experience in the field of childhood obesity, so that the plan has a transversal, multilevel and holistic approach. The involvement of the foundation has made it possible to emphasize the evaluation aspect and indicators of the plan, which will make it possible to know, in the year 2030, if the objectives of reducing excess weight in childhood by 25% and a 40% shrinking of the associated social gap have been achieved, among other lifestyle indicators. In addition, the multidisciplinary team of health professionals from the Gasol Foundation has participated in all the sessions for the multilateral creation of the plan, and has contributed to the revisions of the final document. 

This Plan represents a turning point in the history of the childhood obesity epidemic in Spain and a change in trend in the face of the growing deterioration in the population’s health habits in recent decades. From now until 2030 growing up healthy will start to be easier and more accessible for all girls and boys.

Gasol Foundation US has convened a new Advisory Board of health and education experts to better empower children (and their parents) in their health and wellness—especially in preventing and overcoming childhood obesity. 

The six-member board is composed of recognized leaders in their fields (three M.D.’s and three Ed.D.’s) who bring a depth of experience and insights about child wellness and development to the national nonprofit organization:

Dr Ilan Shapiro is a pediatrician and is Chief Health Correspondent and Medical Affairs Officer at AltaMed Health Services; Dr Elisa Nicholas is a pediatrician and CEO at TCC Family Health; Dr David Skaggs is an orthopedic surgeon and Director of Pediatric Orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Roger Brossmer, Ed.D., is Assistant Superintendent at Downey, CA Unified School District; Georgia Lazo, Ed.D., is Principal at UCLA Lab School; and Tonikiaa Orange, Ed.D., is Director of Culture and Equity Project at UCLA Center X.

As Gasol Foundation US continues to expand its impact on children’s wellness by teaching proven healthy habits, This Advisory Board will be instrumental to the quality and effectiveness of our evidence-based children’s programming. 

Gasol Foundation US has been awarded a $15,000 matching grant from the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation to help fund its Galactic Sports program for girls at Salazar Park in East Los Angeles, California.

“We are thankful to the National Basketball Players Association Foundation for their support,” said Gasol Foundation US Executive Director Hector De La Torre. “With these funds, Gasol Foundation US will use basic sports skills and physical activity as a vehicle to promote girls’ child development and healthy lifestyle choices in an underserved community in East Los Angeles. Galactic Sports aims to empower girls to develop healthy habits at a formative time in their lives.”

The program at Salazar Park will support middle school girls by exposing them to a variety of sports skills and aims to inspire a life-long passion for physical activity and sports. Sports can be a significant financial burden for low-income families, limiting access. Moreover, reflecting other gender disparities in sports, girls’ sports are not funded equally or even available in certain communities. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls drop out of sports at double the rate of boys by age 14.