"Shaping a Healthy Future" Award

The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative would like to recognize the "Shaping a Healthy Future" award winners and nominees for their significant contributions to the prevention and reduction of childhood obesity. These individuals and organizations exemplify the spirit of the "Call to Action: San Diego County Childhood Obesity Action Plan" and have implemented strategies that focus on policy and environmental change, cross-domain collaboration, innovation and development of replicable models. Awardees are listed by the Domain in which they were nominated.


Tracy Delaney
Michelle Murphy Zive
HealthLink North County
Shohre Zahedi
Lakeysha Sowunmi
Larissa Johnson


Distinguished Awardees

The Initiative would like to honor two distinguished awardees for their extraordinary efforts and accomplishments. Through their hard work and diligent efforts, these two award recipients have literally changed the face of health and wellness in the school environment.

Central Elementary School
Enid Hohn

Domain 1: County & City Governments

The City of La Mesa
Jake Halsey

Domain 2: Healthcare Systems and Providers

Maggie Shordon
Dr. Laurie Mitchell

Domain 3: Schools and Before- and After- School Providers

The YMCA of San Diego County
Lily and Joel Chrisco (International Rescue Committee)

Domain 4: Childcare and Preschool Providers

Quail Botanical Gardens
NEAT AT2 (UCSD School of Medicine, Division of Community Pediatrics)

Domain 5: Community-based, Faith-based and Youth Organizations

The Junior League of San Diego
Trena Bennett

Domain 6: Media Outlets and the Marketing Industry

The PennySaver
Martha Plazola (Salud Magazine)

Domain 7: Businesses

Jeff Rossman (Terra Restaurant)
Michele Anderson and the San Diego Padres

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  • More children are being diagnosed with diseases linked to overweight and obesity previously seen only in adults, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease (The Obesity Society, 2009).
  • Overweight children are far more likely to be obese as adults (California Center of Public Health Advocacy, 2009)
  • If today‚Äôs current trend continues, it is anticipated that 1 in 3 children born in the US after the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2009).

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