• 2020 Health Champions

    The Partnership thanks the County of Ventura Board of Supervisors for their commitment to support the mission to promote healthy eating and active living to reduce obesity and related chronic disease such heart disease and diabetes in our County.

    MARCH 2020

    As part of National Nutrition Month® in March, we recognize this year’s Health Champion Award recipients. Each selected by one of the three Partnership committees, Healthy Youth and Schools, Healthy Communities, and Healthy Workforce, for their work and achievements related to each focus area.

    The 2020 Health Champion Award recipients:

    Healthy Youth and Schools

    Ms. Kristen Linton, MSW, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Health Science Program at California State University Channel Islands for her instrumental role in providing students opportunities to engage in hands-on experience in the field as part of the Center for Community Engagement’s Service Learning Program. Because of her leadership and vision, through collaboration with the Oxnard Union High School District Wellness Program, university students completed public health service learning research projects, inspiring thousands of high school age students, reaching 7,500 with information about mental health, nutrition and physical fitness, while also enlightening their youth peers on the many important academic opportunities in the field of health.

    Pictured (left to right): Anna Jackson,
    Chair, Healthy Youth and Schools committee;
    Ms. Kristen Linton, MSW, Ph.D.,
    and Jessica Silon, Regional Coordinator at HealthCorps, Inc.

    Healthy Communities

    Mr. Robert Mancuso, selected for his commitment in strengthening the spirit of volunteerism through shared knowledge and skills to grow fresh vegetables and fruit to feed and nourish thousands of low-income seniors in communities throughout Ventura County. Under his management and care, the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s Senior Nutrition Garden provides thousands of pounds of locally grown fresh produce used to supplement meals for older adults in need who would otherwise not have access to sufficient fresh, healthy food.

    Pictured (left to right):
    Victoria Jump, Director,
    Health Champion Awardee, Robert Mancuso, Senior Nutrition Garden Manager, and
    Brian Murphy, Manager at
    Ventura County Area Agency on Aging.

    Healthy Workforce

    Conejo Cares Healthy Living Program of the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s Conejo Cares Healthy Living Program is this year’s award recipient. The Conejo Cares Healthy Living Program emphasizes education, prevention, early detection and better access to comprehensive health resources. Through encouraging and accessible programs that promote individual and family wellness among all its employees. Programs such as Passport to Health and Wellness, Healthy Wage and Finding Balance are newly launched activities that inspire and empower staff and their families to manage healthy lifestyles, create a wellness culture and lead to enhanced total well-being.

    Pictured (left to right):
    Sara Rivera, Steering Committee Member,
    Health Champion Awardee, Elizabeth Grigsby, Conejo Unified School District, and,
    Eddie Munizich, Partnership Chair.

    Thank you Health Champions!

    Pictured (left to right):
    Rigoberto Vargas, Ventura County Public Health Director;
    Chair of the Board of Supervisors, Kelly Long; and
    Health Champion Awardees and Partnership committee chairs.

    Please join us in commending these recipients in their exemplary work in response to the obesity crisis and contributing towards the goal of Ventura County being named the healthiest county in California.

    The nomination process

    Join us each year to nominate our Ventura County Health Champions. You may nominate an organization or a member of the community at any time. Award winners for 2021 will be selected in November by the related Healthy Ventura County Partnership committees. Use the following Champion Award Nomination Form and return your nominations to: sara.rivera@ventura.org.

    Health Champion Award Document to Download

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