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School Programs & Partnerships

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) partners with local school districts in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach to create environments that support student, staff and parent health. Healthy habits developed at a young age can last a lifetime. BCHD provides an array of programs and services that increase physical activity, improve nutrition and promote social-emotional well-being.

School District Superintendents and Liaisons:

Hermosa Beach City School District:
Dr. Jason Johnson, Superintendent
Sylvia Gluck, Director of Educational Services                                                               

Manhattan Beach Unified School District:
Dr. John Bowes, Superintendent
Dr. Irene Gonzalez-Castillo, Assistant Superintendent, Student Services

Redondo Beach Unified School District:
Dr. Steven Keller, Superintendent
Dr. Anthony Taranto, Executive Director, Student Services

For more information on our school programs and partnerships, please click on the links below.

LiveWell Kids Program

The LiveWell Kids nutrition and garden programs have been combined to create a hybrid, farm-to-table program. These six interactive lessons focus on educating K-5 students on the process and benefits of growing their own food and making healthy eating choices. All lessons are delivered in the fresh air of the school gardens by trained parent volunteers.

Physical Activity

Additional minutes of physical activity are incorporated into the school day during 8-Minute Exercises and Classroom Activity Breaks.

Social-Emotional Learning

Students in elementary, middle and high school are equipped with the emotional skills that help them develop the flexibility and resilience needed to flourish through the MindUP, Second Step and Panorama Education programs.

Substance Use Prevention

Students learn essential communication and decision-making life skills to help them navigate substance use in evidence-based substance use prevention curriculum like Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, while South Bay Families Connected provides families with free resources to help their children reach their full potential.

Healthy Schools

School Wellness Councils support schools in prioritizing the health and well-being of students, teachers and staff.

Student Leadership

Students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and join the Youth Advisory Council, volunteer or join a BCHD committee.

School Health Reports

Summary reports include programmatic outcomes and measurable results. The reports also include best practices that local schools have implemented to address the health and well-being of students, families and staff.

Parent Resources

Parents are encouraged to explore volunteer opportunities through bchd.org/volunteer as well as access free resources and education through BCHD’s partnership with South Bay Families Connected.

Childhood Obesity Decline in Redondo Beach 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in partnership with Beach Cities Health District. Recent Trends in Childhood Obesity Prevalence in the Redondo Beach Unified School District: A Case Study; June 2020. 

Palacios, C., Simon, P., Steward, A., Garner, T., Hameed, H., & Shetgiri, R. (2022). Impact of an Elementary School-Based Wellness Initiative on Child Obesity Prevalence: LiveWell Kids. Health Promotion Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399211065717