Last year”s inaugural Heart and Soles race funded 56 salad bars at 53 schools in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Alameda counties. That”s a healthy start toward race organizers” goal to fund 116 new school salad bars in three years.

This year”s race, a family-friendly fun run that starts in Hellyer Park, is set for Feb. 7. Runners take their marks at 9 a.m.

The Heart and Soles 5k is part of a national “Let”s Move Salad Bars to Schools” campaign, as well as a statewide program called Team California for Healthy Kids.

The latter program is led by state Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson and has thus far raised $1.1 million to fund 436 salad bars in schools throughout California. Each salad bar costs $2,825.

“School salad bars are a proven effective strategy to increase kids” fruit and vegetable choices and help develop healthier eating habits,” states the race website. “Salad bars are the easiest way for schools to meet new nutrition standards for school lunches.”

The Heart and Soles 5k is sponsored by Lam Research and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the South Bay Labor Council and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The entry fee for adults is $38 and includes a race T-shirt. For a $12 entry fee kids ages 2-3 can run 30 yards; ages 4-5, a quarter mile; and ages 6-7, a half mile.

There is a $6 parking fee at Hellyer Park; free parking is available nearby at Hellyer School, 725 Hellyer Road.

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