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Heart & Soles 5K raises money for a program in the
Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz County to provide salad bars
to any school that requests one. In the race's
first year (2014), 56 salad bars were provided
to 53 public schools in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz
and Alameda counties.

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If we can increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption,
then we can help address the childhood obesity epidemic.
School salad bars are a proven effective strategy to increase
kids' fruit and vegetable choices and help develop
healthier eating habits. Salad bars are the easiest way for schools
to meet new nutrition standards for school lunches.

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The salad bar initiative is part of the national Let's Move Salad Bars
to Schools campaign to connect schools to the
resources to make salad bars happen. In California,
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
salad bars into schools.

Here in the Silicon Valley, title sponsor Lam Research
is supporting the Heart & Soles 5K event for more salad bars
in Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz County schools.

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State Superintendent helps land
436 new salad bars!

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
initiated the Team California for Healthy Kids to promote
healthy eating and physical activity throughout the day,
every day, in schools, before and after school agencies,
early childhood programs, and communities.

The campaign will focus on making healthy choices the easy choices.
So far, more than $1.1 million in donations, funding 436 school
salad bars,has been raised statewide. Major partners include
Whole Foods Market and the United Fresh Produce Association.

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Over three years, The Heart & Soles 5K seeks to raise
funds to place 116 salad bars in Silicon Valley and
Santa Cruz County K-12 schools. So far, funding for 56 salad bars
has been secured as a result of sponsors and participants
in the first year. Each salad bar costs $2,825.

Race Course & Parking

The family-friendly Hellyer Park in San Jose is the start and finish for the race. See parking map HERE. Parking fee at Hellyer Park is $6 and free parking is available outside the park.

Who Benefits

Fifty-six salad bars to help our K-12 students have healthy food choices in our local schools were funded in 2014, the race’s first year!


A family-oriented fun run dedicated to helping our children make better food choices by moving salad bars into participating local schools.

Founded and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the South Bay Labor Council and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.


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