The Sharks Foundation partnered with Kaiser Permanente during the 2014-15 season to introduce Stick to Fitness powered by Kaiser Permanente. Stick to Fitness powered by Kaiser Permanente is a fun and active program dedicated to educating sixth grade students on the importance of healthy living, while encouraging them to be active during physical education classes and at home. In its inaugural year, the program taught lessons in health and fitness to nearly 1,800 underserved youth and provided 10 local schools with street hockey equipment for their sixth grade P.E. classes.
Each school also received a Stick to Fitness powered by Kaiser Permanente kick-off assembly at their school, which included a visit from a Kaiser Permanente doctor and either San Jose Sharks defenseman #4 Brenden Dillon or alumni Jamie Baker or Owen Nolan. Pedometers, jump ropes and other prizes were distributed to continue to promote a healthy lifestyle outside P.E. class time.
The conclusion of the newest Sharks Foundation program has not only brought up the important issue of obesity and decreased physical activity facing young people in the greater-San Jose community, but it has empowered sixth graders to make healthy decisions as they enter adulthood. When each school completed the five-week curriculum, Stick to Fitness returned with a reward visit from S.J. Sharkie and a surprise; each student was awarded two free vouchers for an open skate and skate rental at Sharks Ice - San Jose. Stick to Fitness powered by Kaiser Permanente is excited to continue its outreach during the 2015-16 season!
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