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School Programs & Partnerships

Beach Cities Health District 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. Through the current COVID-19 pandemic, Beach Cities Health District is continuing to provide an array of programs and services within the required distance learning platform 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, Principal on Special Assignment

Manhattan Beach Unified School District:
Dr. Michael Matthews, 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.

Nutrition

As part of the LiveWell Kids Program, preschool and elementary age students receive LiveWell Tots and LiveWell Kids nutrition lessons. Children learn mindful eating practices, basic nutritional knowledge and the importance of consuming water and fruits and vegetables.

Garden

As part of the LiveWell Kids program, BCHD supports and maintains the gardens of all Redondo Beach elementary schools and Hermosa View elementary school. Students participate in virtual gardening lessons about planting, composting, harvesting and mindful eating practices.

Physical Activity

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

Active Transportation

Students and families are encouraged to find opportunities to walk together during distance learning while we await to reconvene at schools and resume Walking Wednesdays and the Walking School Bus.

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, High School Purpose Series and Peer-Mentoring 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 and Project Alert, 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 with a BCHD volunteer program, join a BCHD committee or become a Counselor in Training at AdventurePlex.

Parent Resources

Parents are encouraged to explore volunteer opportunities through bchd.org/volunteer as well as access free resources and education through Beach Cities Health District’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.