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Sharks Foundation Donates $25,000 to PAMF’s Youth Nutrition Program

Sharks Foundation logoThe San Jose Sharks hockey team’s Sharks Foundation recently selected the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Youth Nutrition Program (5210 Numbers to Live By! Program) to receive a grant of $25,000. The youth nutrition program teaches healthy nutrition and exercise habits to school children.

This grant is part of the Sharks Foundation’s 2015-2016 $565,000 grant grand total that was awarded to 24 local non-profits to further their work in supporting underserved young people and their families. Each recipient was given $20,000 to $25,000.

The grant recipients were recognized during a special on-ice ceremony at the SAP Center, the San Jose Sharks home arena, on Saturday, February 13, 2016. David Quincy, M.D., PAMF regional president, received the Sharks Foundation grant on behalf of PAMF at the ceremony.

“We are honored to have been chosen to receive this generous grant from the Sharks Foundation,” said David Quincy, M.D., regional PAMF president. “It shows a strong partnership between our two organizations and our common goal to promote the health and wellbeing of local children and their families, especially those in our community who are underserved.”

The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of underserved youth and families in the community with an emphasis in the areas of education, health and safety, and character development.

5210_largebannerPAMF’s 5210 Program was launched in 2010 in partnership with El Camino Hospital to address the rising childhood obesity health epidemic in Santa Clara County. The program educates children about nutritious foods, healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of physical activity. It is currently available in 17 Santa Clara County elementary schools, 10 preschools, one high school and the California Homeschool Network.

The grant from the Sharks Foundation will help PAMF’s program staff continue to expand the program and develop innovative approaches to impact the health of Santa Clara County school children. PAMF’s 5210 team expects to reach approximately 12,000 children this year to help them improve their health.

The 5210 Program focuses on four numbers to live by every day:

5 portions or more of fruits and vegetables

2 hours or less of recreational screen time

1 hour or more of physical activity

0 servings of soda and sugar-sweetened drinks

Learn more about the Youth Nutrition Program and the 5210 Program.

Learn more about PAMF nutrition services and programs.

Learn more about the Sharks Foundation.