Did you know that obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years in the U.S.? Or that in 2012 more than one-third of children and adolescents were considered overweight or obese? Or that approximately 50 percent of teens say that they do not eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis? Here at Lam, we are concerned by this reality, particularly because children who are not getting the proper nutrition can suffer academically, socially, and emotionally, in addition being more prone to chronic diseases.
Three years ago, we decided to do something, so we partnered with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation to launch the Lam Research “Heart and Soles 5K” run and walk to help tackle the school nutrition challenge. The funds raised are used to provide salad bars to K-12 schools in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Alameda counties in California. By bringing more fruits and vegetables into local schools’ lunches, the salad bars encourage children to develop better eating habits.
This year, the event was held at Lake Cunningham Park in San Jose, California, on March 12. Thanks to the efforts and contributions of all participants, volunteers, organizers, and sponsors, we had nearly 1,400 participants, enabling us to provide up to 70 new salad bars to local schools, serving another 50,000 children. With the help of this year’s efforts, over the past three years, we have been able to donate nearly 200 salad bars which are serving nearly 150,000 kids!
Check out the photos below to see how much fun everyone had supporting this worthy cause.