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Sequoia Hospital Partners with Redwood City Schools for 18th Annual Make Time for Fitness Event


More than 800 students learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle through the interactive field trip

REDWOOD CITY, CA. (May 17, 2018) – Today, fourth grader Michael Gutierrez learned about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, the dangers of vaping, and that yoga poses make for good exercise.

“Health helps your body and helps you live,” Michael said. “I try to drink as much water as I can. My dad makes me eat well, like fruits and squash.”

Michael, a student at Taft Elementary, joined the more than 800 other Redwood City School District fourth graders attending the 18th annual Make Time for Fitness field trip at Red Morton Park in Redwood City. A partnership between Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital and 13 community organizations, the event educates students about practicing a healthy lifestyle that emphasizes regular exercise and a nutritious diet.

“This event is truly a collaborative effort,” said Marie Violet, director of Health & Wellness at Sequoia Hospital. “We focus on fourth graders because this is the age when they start making their own decisions when it comes to eating, drinking, playing, and staying tobacco free. We want these decisions to be as healthy as possible.”

The interactive program featured five activity stations, many of which were led by local high school students:

  • Drink Water First, teaching students to drink water rather than sweet beverages when they are thirsty.
  • Friendship Fitness, with games focused on teamwork and anti-bullying messages.
  • Fit Fun Yoga, a group yoga class 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 200 parents and community members 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 County Tobacco Education Coalition; Sodexo Education; City of Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services; University of California Cooperative Extension; Sequoia Union High School District; Carlmont High School; Sequoia High School; Woodside High School; Safe Routes to School California; Redwood City 2020; Sequoia YMCA, and the Dairy Council of California.

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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. To support programs at Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital, visit the Sequoia Hospital Foundation.

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