Community Outreach

Healthy for Life

In Sonoma County nearly 25% of low income 5-17 year olds are overweight or obese.

Healthy for Life, a school-based program, confronts this problem by providing nutritional information and physical education to Sonoma County children. We teach the benefits of a healthier lifestyle by encouraging the students to eat more fruits and vegetables, stay away from sugary beverages and incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.

Healthy for Life’s mission is to improve the health and physical fitness of children through physical and nutritional education activities.

Ourprogram provides training to physical education specialists and elementary school teachers. We teach them how to engage their students in non-competitive games and activities that keep the children moving at a moderate to vigorous rate 70% of the time. Higher impact aerobics classes including Zumba, dance and boot camp also occur throughout the school year.

In addition, three healthy eating presentations are taught each year, and weekly nutritional tips are provided for students to share with their parents. Local organic produce is introduced to the children through our partnership with Harvest of the Month.

Who we serve

Healthy for Life serves elementary and middle schools that are 50% or more Free and Reduced Lunch schools. Students participate at no cost to them or their families. The program is conducted during the school day.

In 2017, Healthy for Life provided nutrition and physical education to the following schools:

  • Burbank Elementary
  • Cesar Chavez Elementary
  • Cinnabar Elementary
  • El Verano Elementary
  • Fitch Mountain
  • Guerneville Elementary
  • Geyserville Elementary
  • Jefferson Elementary
  • La Tercera Elementary
  • Loma Vista Elementary
  • Miwok Elementary
  • Old Adobe Elementary
  • Roseland Creek Elementary
  • Sheppard Elementary
  • Sonoma Charter Elementary
  • Sonoma Mountain
  • Two Rock Union Elementary
  • Washington Middle School

Our Community Partners

Our community partners contribute to making Healthy for Life a success year after year!

  • Santa Rosa City Schools
  • Old Adobe Union School District
  • Cloverdale Unified School District
  • Sonoma Valley Unified School District
  • Two Rock Union School District
  • Healdsburg Unified School District
  • Roseland School District
  • Cinnabar School District
  • Guerneville School District
  • Geyserville Unified School District
  • Petaluma Health Care District
  • Petaluma Educational Foundation
  • Harvest of the Month
  • YMCA
  • Community Volunteers
  • Other Community Organizations

To learn more information about this exciting program or to volunteer /partner, please contact:

Montse Archila,

Montserrat.archila@stjoe.org

(707)525-5300 ext. 4053 (Bilingual Spanish)

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