The League of California Cities has selected the city of San Clemente as a 2013 Helen Putnam Award winner. The 2013 winners were honored during the Opening General Session of the League of Cities’ annual Conference & Expo at the Sacramento Convention Center in September.
San Clemente won an award in the category of health and wellness programs for its Fun on the Run Fitness Program. The community-based childhood obesity prevention program provides underserved youth with free mobile recreation, after school sports, swim lessons and nutrition education. Launched in 2007, the program serves approximately 6,500 children annually. It visits four low-income neighborhood areas every week and is designed to keep children engaged and active after they are out of school. The program also offers an additional fitness element called Goal Zone. This low-cost afterschool sports program runs three times a year where participating children learn and review basic sport-specific techniques, go through skill drills and participate in scrimmages and receive nutrition education.