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Redwood City’s Parks and Recreation Department Wins Health Award of Excellence

City and partners recognized for their work in providing fitness programs to approximately 10,000 youth through multitude of youth fitness programs

Redwood City, Calif. – October 7, 2013 - The City of Redwood City’s Parks and Recreation Department earned the “Champions for Change – Award of Excellence” from the Network for a Healthy California and the Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC ) for their work in increasing youth fitness for thousands of Redwood City youth. The BANPAC is a regional collaborative of over 200 health-related organizations dedicated to helping communities become healthier through better nutrition, physical activity and increased access to healthy foods.

The City of Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department was recognized for making a difference in youth fitness through three programs. First, in collaboration with the Sequoia Health Care District, the Redwood City School District, and the Peninsula Covenant Community Center, nearly 5,000 K-5 youth trained every week in fitness with the guidance of specially trained Physical Education (PE) coaches through a program called “PE Plus Program.”  In addition, Redwood City and Sequoia Hospital partnered for the City’s annual “Make Time for Fitness” event which served 1,000 4th graders at Red Morton Park.  Finally, the City was recognized for serving over 3,000 youth through its after-school sports programs each year.

The Parks and Recreation team was presented their award by Joe Prickitt, Project Director for Network for a Healthy California at Santa Clara County Public Health Department at an awards ceremony hosted by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department at the Network for a Healthy California’s Bay Area Region Summit last month.

“Receiving this award is a testament to the City’s commitment to youth health, the strength of our wonderful community partnerships, and their willingness to work together to tirelessly make Redwood City a healthier place,” states Chris Beth, Director, Parks and Recreation.

To learn more about Parks and Recreation’s contributions to the community, visit and to learn more about the BANPAC, visit

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Chris Beth, Director
Parks and Recreation
Phone: 650.780.7253


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