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City of Redwood City program receives Community Health and Wellness Top Honor

Post Date:03/18/2016

For Immediate Release

March 18, 2016

Media Contact:
Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office


REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.--The City of Redwood City announced today the receipt of an Award of Excellence from the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) for its Community Health & Wellness - PE+ Elementary Physical Education Program. The award was presented at the 68th Annual California Park & Recreation Society Conference Expo, held in Long Beach on March 11, 2016.

"We are honored to receive this award on behalf of our residents," said Melissa Stevenson Diaz, city manager of Redwood City. "The CPRS awards program is the highest recognition a City can receive to recognize excellence in community health and wellness. I want to thank the staff and partners involved for making this program a success within our community."

The PE+ program was designed to help fill the basic need for physical education in local Redwood City schools suffering from budget cuts. Their role is to help students in K-5th grade meet the California Physical Fitness Standards and build healthy school communities. The PE+ program is funded by the Healthy Schools Initiative through the Sequoia Health Care District, Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, the Redwood City School District, and the Peninsula Community Center.

The California Park & Recreation Society presented awards in 5 categories:

  • Creating Community Award of Excellence
  • Excellence in Design - Park Planning
  • Excellence in Design - Facility Design
  • Marketing & Communications Award of Excellence
  • Professional & Service

CPRS Executive Director Stephanie Stephens states, "These agencies represent the finest in initiatives addressing community issues, recreation programming, park planning, facility design, and marketing and communications in California. Park and recreation agencies throughout the state provide families, individuals, and groups access to the serenity and inspiration of nature; spaces and places for play and exercise; opportunities for directed and self-directed recreation; positive alternatives for youth to reduce crime and mischief; and activities that facilitate social connections, human development, therapy, the arts, and lifelong learning. CPRS and our award sponsors, RJM Design Group, Inc., Little Tikes Commercial Play Systems and SVA Architects, and, are proud to recognize excellence in park and facility design, community initiatives, recreation programs, and marketing and communications."

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