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FEBRUARY 7, 2015 | Registration Now Open!

Salad Bars for Schools:
60 funded from 2014 race!

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Heart & Soles 5 K raises money for a pilot program
in the Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz County to provide salad,
bar equipment to any school that requests one.
In the race's first year (2014), of 60 salad bars were funded
--48 will for Santa Clara County Schools,11 for Southern
Alameda County schools and one for a Santa Cruz County school.

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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 campaign
to connect schools to the resources to make salad bars happen.
In California, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson has created the Team California for Health Kids
to bring 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 100 salad bars in Silicon Valley and
Santa Cruz County K-8 schools. So far, funding for 60 salad bars
has been secured as a result of sponsors and participants
in the first year. Each salad bar costs $2,625.

Race Course

The family-friendly Hellyer Park in San Jose is the start and finish for the race. Parking fee at Hellyer Park is $6. Free Parking at Hellyer School, 725 Hellyer Road.

Who Benefits

Sixty salad bars to help our K-8 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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