Grants awarded to fight childhood obesity

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — Cardiff’s SuperFood Drive, SuperKids for SuperFoods, was one of the recipients of a UnitedHealthcare of California grant to Southern California youth-led organizations to develop programs to fight childhood obesity in their communities.
The SuperFood Drive received a $500 grant to recruit a group of up to 10 high school students to volunteer at a local urban garden and a local food bank. The students will sort and distribute food, as well as receive training in hunger awareness and nutrition. After that, the students will educate their peers, parents, local businesses and grocery stores on the importance of donating healthy, non-perishable food items.
The grants will help create community-based programs that encourage healthful habits among California residents. The UnitedHealth HEROES program in California will focus on the approximately 30.5 percent of children ages 10 to 17 who are considered obese or overweight, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Prevention is a key to reducing the cost of health care in California, and that includes a renewed focus on ending the epidemic of childhood obesity,” said California State Senator Ed Hernandez, chairman of the Senate Health Committee.
More information about the UnitedHealth HEROES program and service-learning is available at www.ysa.org. Visit unitedhealthgroup.com for more information.

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