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On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Kaiser Permanente will kick-off the seventh year of Operation Splash in the City of Chula Vista. Kaiser Permanente is providing a grant of $55,000 to the Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation, which will fund free swim lessons for over 1,200 children. Operation Splash began in 2006 in Los Angeles, and with its expansion to Bakersfield, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, Coachella Valley and Chula Vista, the program has now grown to a $2.5 million commitment to improve swim safety and expand access to public pools throughout Southern California. A total of $365,000 in grant funding has been provided, over seven years, in Chula Vista.

“This program is a demonstration that through good community partnerships, we can make a difference in the lives of children. In addition to promoting safety, Operation Splash encourages children to be more active, and the more active they become, the healthier they will be,” said Jane Finley, senior vice president and executive director for Kaiser Permanente San Diego.

"Operation Splash is a well-received program in Chula Vista that strengthens kids' swimming abilities and greatly helps to prevent accidents around pools," said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. "I look forward to its continued success.”

"Through the generous support of Kaiser Permanente over the years we have been able to educate thousands of children in Chula Vista. By the end of this grant term, over 10,000 children will have been positively affected by Operation Splash. We are very proud of this accomplishment, and cannot thank Kaiser enough for their continued support of our children and our community." added Brian Kingston, President of Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation.

Operation Splash was developed as part of Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) efforts to reduce obesity in the community by broadening opportunities for access to healthy foods and daily physical activity. The mission of Operation Splash is to support aquatic facilities and swim programs that help increase physical activity in low-income areas, diminish the risk of chronic disease, and build strong bodies. The program encourages all participants to become water-safe in a fun and healthy environment.

Posted: May 19, 2014

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