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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

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