Healthy Steps in Silicon Valley: Resources for Health & Fitness after 50
Learn to become a trained Health Champion and promote lifelong health in Santa Clara County with Healthy Steps in Silicon Valley, a guide for adults 50+ for staying active in and outside the home, overcoming obstacles, finding affordable local resources, preventing falls, managing common health issues, and eating nutritious foods. Let us know how you would like to be engaged:
- Be trained and equipped to give or assist in 15-, 30- or 60-minute presentations
- Attend fairs and other community events to promote Healthy Steps or help with publicity
- lead or be involved in a regional taskforce team
Silicon Valley HealthCorps
School and community gardens promote healthier eating and physical activity while enhancing civic engagement and our sense of community. They are a proven solution to the obesity epidemic, making nutritious food and physical activity more readily available to people of all ages. In an innovative partnership, The Health Trust has joined together with AmeriCorps and 12 local organizations to form the Silicon Valley HealthCorps. The goal of this collaboration is to use gardens, farm-to-school programs and the work of 37 AmeriCorps volunteers to bring fresh fruits, vegetables and education to residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
Help pack and distribute produce from Second Harvest Food Bank’s mobile unit to families receiving services at our Children’s Dental Center or Family Resource Centers. The Produce Mobile operates the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We are always in need of volunteers to help with office projects, filing, copying, and other administrative tasks. Proficiency in Outlook, Word, and Excel is desired.
The Food Basket and Meals on Wheels
The Food Basket provides food to homebound individuals, as well as to individuals and families with HIV/AIDS. Volunteers are needed for:
- Grocery Delivery: Deliver groceries to our homebound clients on the first and third Saturday of each month. We ask that volunteers make a commitment to deliver groceries at least once a month for six months.
- Pick-up Week: Assist clients who come to the Food Basket center to pick up their food. We ask that our Pick Up volunteers make a commitment to volunteer at least once a month for six months.
- Special events: Host an annual holiday gift drive or year-round healthy food drive.
- Meals on Wheels: Deliver hot meals (either as a small group of up to three volunteers or individually) to our homebound clients through our Meals on Wheels program. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. We ask that volunteers make a commitment do deliver meals at least once a week for six months.
The Health Trust develops internship opportunities on an as-needed basis. We offer internship opportunities in the areas of Social Work (second-year MSW students), Human Resources, Older Adult Services, Finance and other professional opportunities that align with our three initiatives: Healthy Communities, Healthy Living and Healthy Aging.
Open Air Health Fair (October13 & 14, 2012)
At the annual Open Air Health Fair, The Health Trust and our community partners provide attendees with free or low-cost health screening services, health education, and access and referral to community organizations and social services. Activities and services planned include:
- Cardiovascular health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index
- Oral health screenings and treatment
- Interactive games and demonstrations
- Health education on prevention, wellness, chronic diseases
We will be actively recruiting individual and group volunteers who are fluent in Spanish or Vietnamese to provide translation services for health screenings.
For more information about volunteer or internship opportunities, please contact Leif Christiansen at 408.879.4101 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org .