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Parks Department & PAL Honored by Stanford with Community Partnership Award

Good morning – Here’s another news release I wanted to share with you, this one is about a Community Partnership Award given to our Parks Department and Redwood City PAL for their work with Stanford in addressing the health of our youth. Please take a look, and join me in congratulating our Parks staff and the great people at PAL!
~ malcolm

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2013
Malcolm Smith

Public Communications Manager

Redwood City Parks Department and Redwood City PAL  Win Stanford Community Partnership Award


Redwood City, CA – The Redwood City Parks,  Recreation and Community Services Department and Redwood City PAL have  won a prestigious Community Partnership Award, from the Stanford  University Office of Public Affairs. This award recognizes the  partnership with Stanford GOALS, a community-based approach to  addressing childhood obesity. The partnership, which also includes the  Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, is being honored for its work in  engaging our community’s youth in developing healthy lifestyles.


The Parks Department’s role includes providing Stanford with access to selected after-school   programs, to identify and engage youth at-risk of obesity for  participation in this program, and providing targeted athletic  programming in support of Stanford’s work. As a key partner, PAL  provides one of its Community Center classrooms daily for the GOALS  after-school educational program, to conduct assessments to qualify  families and youth for the program, and to host evening family  nutritional education and recreation programs.


The   partnership programming, which builds upon existing after-school  programming, also included site visits from the Stanford  student-athletes, visits to campus for mentoring programs, and on-campus   field days. The partnership will receive the award at a recognition  luncheon in Palo Alto on April 11.


Stanford   GOALS is a multi-year Stanford Prevention Research Center program to  evaluate an innovative, community-based approach to addressing childhood   obesity. Stanford’s partners, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the  Peninsula, Redwood City Police Activities League, and Redwood City  Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, work with Stanford to identify youth at risk for obesity and engage them in developing  healthy lifestyles. Students enrolled in GOALS participate in a health  education program or an active intervention, which includes a team  sports program, home visits to reduce screen time and improve the home  food environment, and primary care provider follow-up.


“Stanford   GOALS is very appreciative of the outstanding support and advocacy of the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and  Redwood City PAL,” said Dana Weintraub, MD and Kelly Burke, of Stanford GOALS. “Through these partnerships, together we are helping promote health and wellness for the community of Redwood City.”


Stanford’s   Office of Public Affairs initiated the awards program to honor the  valuable partnerships that exist between Stanford and its neighbors, and   to celebrate community efforts that successfully tackle real world  problems and advance the public good. The partnership including Redwood City Parks and Redwood City PAL was selected based on their initiative,   leadership, and involvement in projects that embody the spirit of  genuine partnership and benefit the overall community.


More information on the Stanford GOALs program and the 2013 Community Partnership Award is online at


The   Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL) is a non-profit community based organization providing intervention, prevention, and alternative programs to at-risk and economically challenged youth in Redwood City. PAL works to build partnerships between youth, police and the community   through educational, cultural, recreational and outreach programs to  help youth reach their full potential. Its programs strive to help youth   assimilate honest values, assets, and skills. The PAL website is

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at for information about the City and its services, events, the community,   recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to  Redwood City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting



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