JÓVENES SANOS - 2008 Advocates of the Year

Left to Right: Martina O'Sullivan, Dominican Hospital,
2008 Campaign Chair; somebody from Jovenos Sanos;
Angela Rocchio, United Way of Santa Cruz County;
Chris Maffia, Santa Cruz County Bank, President Board of Trustees

  Jóvenes SANOS is a project of Go for Health - a community collaboration  convened by the United Way of Santa Cruz County. This group of teenage advocates have been raising awareness in Watsonville about childhood obesity and its dangers since 2005.  They have been involved in a number of projects in the community and are working with the Mayor and City Council of Watsonville.  They have accomplished much in a few short years.

In Spring of 2009, they were selected to receive the Phil Rather Award from Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust.  This award recognizes and honors leadership and service that improves health care for the residents of the Pajaro Valley.

Because of their outstanding focus on an issue that has real impact in the community, they were awarded United Way of Santa Cruz County's first Advocate of the Year award.