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A-OK Program Receives Recognition from Senator Hannah Beth Jackson

by Mikayla Molinaro | Jul 11, 2016

The A-OK After School Program, which includes UCSB's 3rd Grade Swim to College Program, received recognition from Senator Hannah Beth Jackson for its efforts in making eating healthy and exercising a priority amongst youth.

For Immediate Release
July 11, 2016

 Contact: Lisa Gardiner (916) 651-4019 or lisa.gardiner@sen.ca.gov


 On Thursday, Jackson Will Recognize After School Programs Among the First Statewide to Meet Voluntary Health Benchmarks

 SANTA BARBARA –  The result of legislation by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to curb childhood obesity, California has just begun recognizing after school programs that make healthy eating and exercise a priority.

 On Thursday, July 14 at 3:15 pm at the Cleveland Elementary School, ASES/A-OK Program site in Santa Barbara, Jackson and local school leaders will honor seven of Santa Barbara Unified's after school programs – operating on the Adams, Adelante Charter, Cleveland, Franklin, Harding University Partnership, McKinley and SB Community Academy campuses – that were among the 187 awardees of California’s first-ever Distinguished After School Health (DASH) program certification.

 The result of Jackson’s Senate Bill 949, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014, the DASH program limits screen time, requires 30 minutes to an hour of daily exercise, and sets standards for healthy food and drinks.

 After school programs that meet these voluntary benchmarks are awarded a DASH certification, posted on the California Department of Education website, so that parents can choose DASH-certified programs and more programs will be incentivized to participate. 

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 12.5 million children between two to nineteen years old nationwide are obese.

 WHAT: Santa Barbara Unified’s A-OK after school programs recognized for being among the first statewide to be DASH-certified, making kids’ health a priority

 WHO: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, local school leaders, educators, students and program staff.

 WHERE: Cleveland Elementary School, ASES/A-OK Program site, 123 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara.

 WHEN: Thursday, July 14 at 3:15 p.m.


 Lisa Gardiner
Communications Director
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
(916) 651-4019


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