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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          Contact: Robyn Thaw (650) 573-3935
November 10, 2010                           San Mateo County Health System


After-school programs help curb obesity epidemic in San Mateo County


SAN MATEO, Calif. — Eight after-school programs in San Mateo County have been awarded Healthy Apple Awards for Excellence in Nutrition & Physical Activity in recognition of their commitment to healthy nutrition and physical activity for children during the 2009-2010 school year. After-school programs are reviewed and awarded each year by The Get Healthy San Mateo After-School Committee, which includes after-school providers, recreation professionals, a dietician, and a pediatrician.

The programs’ commitments to children’s health are increasingly important today, as the rate of obesity continues to rise nationally. In San Mateo County, minorities are disproportionately affected by the rising rates of obesity, where 69% of African Americans, 74% of Hispanics, and 83% of Pacific Islanders did not meet all physical fitness standards set by the State for students.

Many after-school programs serving children in San Mateo County struggle with providing healthy snacks and engaging children in physical activity and this continues to fuel the need for local after-school programs to find creative ways to promote the health of our children.
“This is the first generation of children who will live shorter lives and have a lower quality of life than their parents,” said Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County Health Officer. “The growing network of these exemplary after-school programs can make a significant contribution to improving the health of our children,”

This was the first year that any program in the County received the “Gold Apple” which is the highest Healthy Apple Awards honor. Both Beresford Kids Club in San Mateo and Bowditch Middle School Clubhouse in Foster City received a “Gold Apple” for demonstrating a significantly higher commitment to nutrition and physical activity than what is mandated by California school health policies. These programs create snack guidelines for parents, serve only healthy snacks and water, and ensure that kids are active through inclusive, non-competitive play.

2010 award recipients include:

Gold Apple Award Winners
Awarded to programs with standards and practices that far exceed California school health policies

Beresford Kids Club, City of San Mateo Department of Parks and Recreation
Bowditch Middle School Clubhouse, The Annex Clubhouse, San Mateo-Foster City School District

Silver Apple Award Winners
Awarded to programs with standards that meet or exceed California school health policies

Footsteps@Cipriani, Footsteps Child Care (formerly Cipriani After-School Care)
Footsteps@Nesbit, Footsteps Child Care (formerly Cipriani After-School Care)
Foster City Elementary School, The Children’s Annex, San Mateo-Foster City School District
Horrall Annex Program, The Children’s Annex, San Mateo-Foster City School District
Parca REACH, Burlingame

Bronze Apple Award Winners
Awarded to programs that show a commitment to improving nutrition and physical activity

College Park Kuai Le Mandarin Annex, The Children’s Annex, San Mateo-Foster City School District

For more information about Get Healthy San Mateo County or the Healthy Apple Awards, visit www.gethealthysmc.org, or contact Assistant Health Officer Curtis Chan at (650) 573-2379, or email CuChan@co.sanmateo.ca.us.

 

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