SANDAG receives public health champion award
SANDAG has been named the Director’s Award recipient of the 2012 Public Health Champion Award from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) for its work in promoting active transportation and healthy lifestyles.
In all, 16 individuals, organizations, and government agencies were honored by the County HHSA at the 11th annual Public Health Champion Awards ceremony on April 2 at the County Administration Complex. SANDAG Senior Regional Planner Stephan Vance accepted the Director’s Award, presented for the first time this year by HHSA Director Nick Macchione.
All of the recipients were recognized for their “excellence and leadership in improving the health of San Diego County residents,” according to the agency.
“By bringing attention to what they do,” said Dr. Eric McDonald of the County HHSA, “we bring awareness to all the projects that they work on.”
That theme was echoed by County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who told the award recipients, “Each of your successes, large or small, supports a thriving, healthy community.”
The ceremony was part of the County of San Diego’s celebration of National Public Health Week.
SANDAG was cited for its partnership with the health agency in fighting obesity through the Healthy Works program. Healthy Works supported local and regional planning efforts and programs aimed at encouraging increased physical activity through walking and biking and access to healthy foods. Some specific programs include Bike to Work Month held each May and SchoolPool, a free ridematching service for parents of children who attend the same school.
In accepting the award for SANDAG, Vance noted that the Healthy Works program not only supports the efforts of HHSA but also supports SANDAG’s “efforts to plan for regional growth by promoting communities with more transportation choices, where people can walk, ride a bike, or take transit for more of their trips.”
Stephan Vance, Senior Regional Planner