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Local After School Program Recognized for Helping to Keep Kids Healthy

Local After School Program Recognized for Helping to Keep Ki

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Seven Santa Barbara Schools were recognized with Distinguished After School Health (DASH) program certifications on Thursday. 

This program was created in 2014 after State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson's Senate Bill 949 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. 

The bill encourages students to limit their screen time, requires at least 30 minutes of daily exercise and sets standards for healthy eating.

187 schools statewide applied for the after school program curriculum. Adams, Adelante Charter, Cleveland, Franklin, Hardin University Partnership, McKinley and SB Community Academy campuses are 7 of the campuses that adopted the after school programs. 

Jackson along with Dr. Cary Matsouka, Santa Barbara Unified School District School Superintendent, visited Cleveland Elementary School students in the A-OK program on Thursday. 

Reporter Vicky Nguyen talked to the new superintendent, students and after school program leaders about the promotion of healthy eating and exercise.

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