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Sequoia Hospital Partners with Redwood City Schools for 17th Annual Make Time for Fitness Event

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More than 1,000 students learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle through the interactive field trip
REDWOOD CITY, CA (May 18, 2017) – Today, fourth grader Oscar Druker learned about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, the dangers of vaping, and that exercising with friends can be more fun.

“I loved playing the games, and learning about how I should drink lots of water and how to stay away from tobacco,” Oscar said. “I’m going to share what I’ve learned with my family.”

Oscar, a student at Adelante Spanish Immersion School, joined the more than 1,000 other Redwood City School District fourth graders attending the 17th annual Make Time for Fitness field trip at Red Morton Park in Redwood City. A partnership between Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital, the Redwood City School District Wellness Committee, and several other community organizations, the event educates students about practicing a healthy lifestyle that emphasizes regular exercise and a nutritious diet.

“This beloved annual event is truly a collaborative effort,” said Marie Violet, director of health and wellness at Sequoia Hospital. “Together, we are providing valuable education and tools to help the children in our community lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits.”

The interactive program featured five activity stations:
  • Drink Water First, teaching students to choose water instead of sweetened beverages.
  • Friendship Fitness, with games focused on teamwork and cooperation.
  • Fit Fun Yoga, demonstrating that movement and breathing is good for health and well-being.
  • Healthy Breakfast, with information on the foods that help to start the day right.
  • Tobacco-Free Me, highlighting some of the 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

More than 300 teachers, parents, and representatives from community-based organizations volunteered at the event.

Make Time for Fitness at Red Morton Park is a collaboration between Sequoia Hospital and community organizations: Redwood City School District; Sequoia Healthcare District; San Mateo Health System; San Mateo County Tobacco Education Coalition; Sodexo Education; City of Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services; University of California Cooperative Extension; Carlmont High;Sequoia High School; Woodside High School; Safe Routes to School California; Redwood City 2020;and the Redwood City School District Wellness Committee.

About Sequoia Hospital

Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital providing innovative and exceptional health care for generations of Bay Area residents. Sequoia’s Heart and Vascular Institute is a nationally known pioneer in advanced cardiac care, affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. Sequoia has received national recognition from Healthgrades for superior patient safety and was named as one of America’s top 100 hospitals for cardiac care. Our Total Joint Replacement program is a designated Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, and our  Birth Center is consistently ranked as a favorite among Peninsula families. We are also known for our comprehensive emergency care and leading-edge tomosynthesis 3-D mammogram technology. Our new state-of-the-art Pavilion combines the most advanced medical and surgical services with a unique healing environment, including private, spacious rooms and inviting garden areas.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

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