First annual “Healthy Apple” awards in Santa Clara County to recognize outstanding after school programs for helping keep kids healthy and active
Santa Clara County, CA. Many after school programs in Santa Clara County are keeping kids physically active and eating well. And now, those programs are being rewarded for their efforts! 15 stand-out after school programs will receive gold, silver or bronze awards in the first ever Santa Clara County “Healthy Apple” award ceremony. These programs are being honored for making such a difference in the health of our community’s children.
Event: Healthy Apple Awards for Excellence in Nutrition and Physical Activity at after school programs ceremony and breakfast
When: Friday, May 18th, 7:30am-9:30am
Where: Cupertino Room, Sobrato Center for Non-Profits
1400 Parkmoor Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126
The Santa Clara County awards are in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. The awards were created through a collaboration of the Public Health Department’s Community’s Putting Prevention to Work – Obesity Prevention (CPPW-OP) grant and the Santa Clara County After School Collaborative (SCCASC). Adapted from Get Healthy San Mateo’s Healthy Apple Award, the award system was adapted for Santa Clara County and is based on California state laws (SB 12 and SB 965) and the 2011 National Afterschool Association Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, which informed policies used for criteria for the 3 levels of awards.
After school programs are being honored for supporting and encouraging healthy environments for children in Santa Clara County. “Afterschool programs offer the opportunity for healthy snacks, increased physical activity, applied nutrition education, youth empowerment, and community and family partnerships,” said Doreen Hassan, Chair of SCCASC, which is comprised of 149 after school sites serving approximately 14,000 Santa Clara County students.
Recognizing such programs helps demonstrate why it is necessary to maintain environments for children that keep them healthy and active. In addition, after school programs across Santa Clara County are critical partners in educating our youth on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. “In Santa Clara County, one in four 7th, 9th, and 11th graders, and one in three low-income 2 – 5 yrs olds are overweight or obese. A healthy after school environment supports youth development and the fight against obesity, heart disease, and other chronic diseases,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Health Officer for Santa Clara County.
“The Healthy Apple Award for Excellence in Nutrition and Physical Activity at After school Programs” concept was originally developed by the Afterschool Committee of the Get Healthy San Mateo County Task Force in 2008, to reward programs for their understanding of the importance and invaluable opportunity to promote and encourage nutrition and physical activity programs in afterschool settings.
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