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Jóvenes SANOS, a project of Go For Health!, is a Watsonville based youth advocacy project seeking to increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity for young people of Watsonville through implementing long-term environmental policy and system change. The group is working in three sectors of the community to address this public health issue: city planning, markets, and schools.
In August 2012, Jovenes SANOS worked with the Santa Cruz Country Metro Transit Board to draft and pass a Healthy Food and Beverage options policy for transit stations in our county. Watch the video to hear the youth talking about this groundbreaking policy with Univision!
Youth Advocate Groups:
The goal of this group is to partner with the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) schools to increase affordable, healthy options available by supporting the implementation of the PVUSD school wellness policy.
Project Example - Fruit stands on school campuses
The goal of this group is to partner with local community agencies to promote and increase opportunities for youth to engage in healthy eating, safe bicycle riding and walking, and physical activity.
- Project Example - Working with the city public works department to add new bike lanes
The goal of this group is to partner with local Watsonville markets to increase opportunities for the purchase of affordable, healthy foods that are sold near schools and parks.
- Project Example - Recognizing markets for their participation in our "Watsonville Healthy Markets" pilot program.
Jóvenes SANOS Recognition Awards:
- United Way of Santa Cruz County 2008 Advocates of the Year
- 2009 Phil Rather Award Winner
- MO Project
- 2010 Champions for Change Award