Physical Activity

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The Ladnaan project has prepared African Dance videos. We have filmed dances from Eritrea, Somalia, and West Africa with the support of filmmaker Pat Clark and San Diego State University's Center for Intercultural Relations. This project was featured in the Union Tribune.  If you would like to support the video project or get involved in our monthly African dance events, please email us at for further information.

Current recommendations are that all adults complete 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. However, few people meet that recommendation and for many communities, safe and affordable places to be physically active are few and far between. 

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In 2014 we launched the Ladnaan Project. The project involves testing a culturally adapted physical activity program for sedentary adult Somali women.  

As part of this program we worked with the United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST) and Project Concern International (PCI) to develop culturally appropriate physical activity programs available in the community for East African women. 

Here, we have put together some additional San Diego resources on ways to be active in your daily life, at home, and in your community. 


San Diego Resources

211 San Diego  provides links to various physical activity programs and resources in the region

Check out the County of San Diego Parks and Recreation  and the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation for up-to-date information on local parks and programs

Walk San Diego has information on the walkability and resources available across San Diego

For youth, check out Yalla San Diego, which is a comprehensive program using soccer as a forum for engaging refugee and immigrant youth