At the population level, we look to develop wellness initiatives that impact long-term health across the entire community.
Healthy For Life
To fight childhood obesity, SJHS created of the Healthy For Life (H4L) initiative, which focuses on getting kids and their families to develop healthy lifestyle choices by incorporating both physical activity and a responsible diet. Healthy For Life is a comprehensive social and healthcare outreach initiative that focuses on the following:
Addressing environment issues
- Grocery Stores
- Communicating with key audiences
- School administrators
As part of the campaign, SJHS has partnered with American Academy of Pediatrics to developed the Healthy For Life/PE4Me program. More than 1,500 students in 47 Orange County schools participate in a free, curriculum-based physical education program that instills the importance of fitness and nutrition to obtain optimum and long-lasting healthy results. A physician and dietician from one of the SJHS local hospitals go to each participating school to help educate the students. Since its inception, H4L has expanding to Northern California.
For the nutritional component of Healthy For Life, SJHS partnered with celebrity Mexican food chefs Jaime Martín del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, owners of the award-winning restaurant La Casita Mexicana, to developed the Healthy For Life Recipes, a series of recipes for children and their families that are easy, taste great and healthy.
Videos with the Chefs highlighting the health benefits of the Healthy For Life Recipes were produced and being used as educational materials on healthy eating.
SJHS also partnered with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a back to school promotions that distributed 15,000 H4L backpacks at a home game. In 2010, SJHS partnered with Radio Disney to bring the message of healthy for life to elementary school kids and their family through community and school events.