Hilary Bass making presentation to Rite of Passage participants

DSAL Executive Director Hilary Bass discusses the importance of recreation to a healthy life.

At the start of each month of the Rite of Passage program, the Core Leads of the REACH Program areas present information on why that area of activity is important to REACH members. The Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL) is the organization responsible for REACH Recreation Programs.

On October 5, 2015, Hilary Bass, Executive Director of DSAL, and Sergio Suarez, DSAL’s Recreation Manager at REACH, presented information to the Rite of Passage participants about the importance of Recreation, with the objective of conveying

  • Why recreation is important
  • Benefits of recreational activity
  • Why we at DSAL, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and REACH think recreation is important.

Rite of Passage audience

Rite of Passage participants listen to presentation on the importance of recreation to a healthy life.


Topics of the presentation included the fact that the area surrounding REACH in San Lorenzo was officially designated as a “food desert” because of its lack of healthy food resources, and how poor diet contributed to multiple health issues, from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and cancer.

Just as critical an issue: physical activity, especially participation in fun activities with others, which delivers both health and social benefits. Recreation is essential to a healthy life and a healthy community.

Read materials from the presentation.

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