Jóvenes SANOS Archive


To grow powerful skilled young leaders working towards creating a culture of health and a thriving Watsonville community, by increasing access to healthy eating and active living. 


A world of healthy communities deeply rooted in equity and justice.

What Is Jovenes SANOS?

 Jovenes SANOS is a youth advocacy and leadership program based in Watsonville, California. Jovenes SANOS strives to empower, educate, and raise awareness about childhood obesity within the community. The development and implementation of new policies shift the local culture through promising healthy eating and increasing physical activity. Jovenes SANOS works to build an environment that embraces a culture of health by promoting access to affordable and healthy food options. Jovenes SANOS is committed to growing a thriving community based on equity and justice.


  • Healthy Eating
  • Active Living
  • Youth Leadership

About Jovenes SANOS


Jovenes SANOS is a Watsonville based youth leadership and advocacy program. Since 2005, Jovenes SANOS has been striving to empower, educate, and raise awareness about childhood obesity within the community, and develop and implement policy to shift the local culture through 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.



Healthy Corner Markets Jovenes

SANOS establishes and maintains relationships with corner market owners, to incorporate healthy food options. Markets are given a stipend, access to a grocery store consultant, offered marketing material for their store, along with a decal logo to signify to its customers that it is a healthy corner market.



Healthy Restaurants Projects

Jovenes SANOS works with local restaurants in Watsonville by supporting and encouraging new and established restaurants to introduce healthier food options. The project provides restaurant owners with a stipend, restaurant consultation, and promotion recognition within the community.



Get Out Get Fit

This follows the Project Lean's Jump Start Teens curriculum to promote healthy lifestyles: it offers structured fitness classes, nutrition workshops and outdoor field trips. This project is geared toward middle school youth between ages 11-15. It is implemented in the G.H.W.R. Youth Center in Watsonville, serving primarily low-income youth in the community.



Metro Vending Policy

Jovenes SANOS has partnered with Santa Cruz Metro Board to implement 50% healthy food options in vending machines inside employee facilities as well as provide wellness educational information to staff members. The policy also encourages markets and restaurants within metro stations to incorporate healthier food options and participants will receive a healthy metro vendor award.