All-America City Award

As mentioned in the June blog, The City of Ontario was recognized as a finalist among 20 other cities in the nation for the All-America City Award. Healthy Ontario along with City staff, residents and community leader Nora Beltran traveled to Denver, Colorado for the awards competition and conference to present our story to a jury of national civic experts. Although Ontario was not chosen as one of the ten winners for the All-America City, we learned new strategies for engagement and  innovative programs and  most importantly, we made new connections!

Healthy Ontario is proud of the work we have done together and we are proud of our community! We are not giving up, and will be applying for the next All-America City Award competition.


Healthy Ontario and all of our partners are ready for a new and exciting season. The City of Ontario has been recognized as a finalist, along 20 other cities in the nation for the All-America City Award!

The All-America City Award is focused on celebrating examples of civic engagement practices that advance health equity in local communities. Each year hundreds of leaders, volunteers, and young people from the finalist communities travel to Denver to present the story of their work and their community to a jury of national experts.

This June, Healthy Ontario will be going to Denver, Colorado for the All-America City Awards Competition and Conference. During this time, we will be able to bring our application to life and present our story to a jury of national civic experts. Healthy Ontario is thrilled to be among the 20 finalists for this prestigious recognition. We are excited to see what other finalists have accomplished in their communities and share our experiences.

Updates on the All-America City Award will be posted in the July, 2019 blog.

It’s Spring!

U P D A T E S:

Edison Elementary Annual Color Run

Healthy Ontario participated in Edison Elementary’s Annual Color Run April 6th. It was a fun and successful event for both children and parents. Mayor Paul S. Leon, and City Council Member Debra Dorst-Porada attended the event to express their support for the community. Healthy Ontario was able to reach out to more members of the community and encouraged many to take advantage of our free programs throughout the City!

We also want to thank our El Sol Promotora Nora Beltran (Left) for inviting us to this awesome event.

U P C O M I N G  E V E N T S:

If you and your family like to celebrate Easter, join your community and visit your nearest Community Center and Health Hub to participate in one of the following events/parties!

  • Spring Carnival & Egg Hunt (Free)
    • Anthony Muñoz Community Center, 1240 W. Fourth Street, Ontario, CA 91762
    • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    • 4:00PM (Carnival) – 5:00PM (Egg Hunt)
  • Spring Easter Social (Free)
    • De Anza Community and Teen Center, 1405 S. Fern Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762
    • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    • 4:00PM – 5:30PM
H E A L T H: 

April is National Stress Awareness month! Not all stress is bad, but studies have shown that on-going stress can be the cause of many health problems. It is important to know and learn some strategies for coping with stress.

You can prevent or reduce stress by:

  • Planning ahead 
  • Deciding which tasks need to be done first
  • Preparing for stressful events

Some stress is hard to avoid. You can find ways to manage stress by:

  • Noticing when you feel stressed
  • Taking time to relax
  • Getting active and eating healthy
  • Talking to friends and family

What are the benefits of managing stress?

  • Sleep better
  • Control your weight
  • Get sick less often
  • Feel better faster when you do get sick
  • Have less neck and back pain
  • Be in a better mood
  • Get along better with family and friends

( You can find more information regarding how to manage stress at )

T R Y  I T:

April 22nd is Earth Day and Healthy Ontario encourages you to take action and help protect our planet. Here are some ways you can help and at the same time have fun and continue your daily physical activity.

  • Enjoy a day at the beach
    • To help protect our planet you and your family can take some time to clean the beach!
    • To maintain your daily exercise, you can take a walk, swim, ride a bicycle or do yoga at the beach!
  • Enjoy a hike
    • You can go to your nearest hiking trail or national forest to enjoy a hike with your family. While hiking, you can take some trash bags and gloves and pick up trash along the way!
  • A day at the park
    • You can also enjoy a day at the park with your family, and help clean your community park!
  • Reduce Plastic Consumption
    • Stop using disposable plastic bottles
    • Use your own reusable plastic cup and refill
    • Reuse plastic shopping bags
    • Use your own reusable shopping bag
    • Refuse plastic straws
    • Always remember to recycle

Park-It Campaign

After receiving The Kaiser Permanente HEAL Zone grant, Healthy Ontario and our El Sol Promotoras have worked with the community to identify areas within the HEAL Zone in need of improvement to increase access to healthier choices for our residents. Through the community Park It Campaign, Healthy Ontario has made environmental changes and improvements to provide the community with safe opportunities to participate in  physical activity to improve health. For the past 7 years, we have made capital improvements in De Anza Park and Bon View Park that were selected with the help of the community. Some of the improvements include our Healing Walking Trails, shade structures, outdoor restroom improvements, outdoor fitness equipment in our parks, hydration stations in our health hubs, and free Zum Up! zumba classes and walking clubs. One of our most recent projects that was initiated by our community is the outdoor fitness rig at De Anza Park. Visit De Anza or Bon View Park today and get involved in one of the many free opportunities available to improve your health. Be healthy Ontario!

Healing Trails:

Bon View Park                                                                          De Anza Park


Bon View Park Bathroom Renovation: 

Before                                                                                          After







Fitness Equipment: 

Bon View Park                                                                       De Anza Park









Hydration Stations: 

Dorothy A. Quesada Community Center                            De Anza Community and Teen Center










Walking Club: 






De Anza Fitness Rig 

Let’s Get Ready for a New Year

December is finally here and Healthy Ontario wants to thank our partners and our community for an Amazing year. This year, we took part in some of the City’s major highlights and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Major 2018 Accomplishments

Healthy Ontario and partners have worked very hard to increase programs in our HEAL Zone. This year, we have accomplished many things, including helping our community members improve their health and making park and street improvements to provide a safer environment. We want to thank you for participating and hope you continue to be involved.

Here are some ways you can get involved with Healthy Ontario and make a positive change for 2019:

Hope to see you there !

Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving is the time to express care, love and gratitude for family, friends, and everything else you have. Thanksgiving is also a great time to eat delicious food and share with the people you love. Healthy Ontario wants you to have fun with your family and be safe over the holidays.

Here are some tips for a healthy Thanksgiving for you and your family;

  1. Safely Thaw and Handle Your Turkey
  2. Remember to wash your hands
  3. Clean your surfaces to keep bacteria from spreading
  4. Safely Cook Your Turkey

Remember to balance your meals and don’t forget to get your daily physical activity!

For more information regarding safe cooking, please visit: Food Safety English/Spanish

You can also check out USDA website for some healthy and delicious Thanksgiving recipes: What’s on the Menu?

  • Roast Turkey Breast with Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme
  • Baked Tofu
  • Grandma’s Stuffing
  • Homemade Mashed Potatoes
  • Hearty Mashed Potatoes
  • Green bean Saute
  • Candied Yams
  • Apple Cranberry Salad Toss
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Cheese Pie

Healthy Ontario is thankful for our community!

2018 Historic Symposium

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 10AM – 2PM the Inland Empire Section American Planning Association (IES-APA) hosted an agriculture tour through the Graber Olive House and Huerta Del Valle Community Garden in Ontario.

The tour started at the Graber Olive House where participants visited the museum to learn about the history of the Graber family, and the processing methods their family has been following for four generations. Rosalie and her tour guides gifted our participants a can of delicious olives at the end of their tour before heading to the community garden.






To end the tour, participants headed to Huerta Del Valle Community Garden where Executive Director, Maria Alonso prepared a delicious home-made lunch. They had a salad, infused water and tea with organic vegetables and fruits that were freshly picked from the garden. Project Manager, Arthur Levine led the tour to teach participants about urban farming. They also had a chance to learn about the local programs and resources offered to the community.






The tour was a successful event that was led by IES-APA. Participants had a lot of fun and had a chance to learn about the history of urban farming over the years. They encourage others to visit the Graber Olive House and to support our Huerta Del Valle Community Garden.

Thank You IE-APA!

It’s Candy Time

This Halloween, Healthy Ontario wants to give you some tips to continue your Healthy lifestyle while going trick or treating with your family:

To continue your daily physical activity, you can try: 

Walking: Walking is good for your health. You can include walking as your physical activity by walking with your child when going trick or treating instead of driving. To make it fun, you can invite family and friends to walk in a group.

Biking: You can also encourage your child to ride a bike when going trick or treating.


Remember to be safe. Here are some safety tips for your Halloween:

  • Use sidewalk
  • Beware of high-risk drivers by looking in both directions twice before you cross the street
  • Wear a helmet if using a bicycle
  • You can also wear reflective accessories or bright colors for night time
  • Take a flashlight
  • Make sure you only accept factory-wrapped treats
  • Do not accept rides from strangers
  • Do not enter homes unless supervised by an adult
  • Only visit well-lit homes
  • And remember to remind children to keep their teeth clean after eating candy!

For more tips on walking and biking, you can visit our National Safety Month blog.

Also don’t forget to join us at our Halloween Costume Parade and Contest!

Winners in each category will receive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention ribbons. For more information, please call the City of Ontario Recreation & Community Services Department at (909) 395-2020 or visit our Halloween Costume Parade & Contest page.

Check-In: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Entertainment: 3:00 p.m. Parade begins: 4:00 p.m

Children ages 0-8 years

Date:         Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Time:         2:30pm to 5:00pm

Location:    Ontario Senior Center                                                                                                                                                                                                                  225 E. “B” Street                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ontario, CA 91764

Cost:           Free!

R E – I M A G I N E D O W N T O W N

Go Human: The Bike Walk n’ Roll Euclid Experiment 

On Wednesday August 8, 2018 the City of Ontario partnered with Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and their Go Human Campaign to celebrate Re-Imagine Downtown: The Bike, Walk ‘n Roll Experiment! The event took place during our City’s Summer concert  series at the Ontario Town Square. The purpose was to encourage our community to test and provide feedback on potential street improvements such as curb extensions, a bike lane and a parklet along Euclid Avenue. The event supports elements from one of our four Healthy Ontario Initiative pillars-Safe & Complete Neighborhoods and will guide the City’s Active Transportation Program goal of making our Downtown safer for walking and biking.

The event was paired with an Elton John tribute concert, various food vendors, information booths, giveaways and free bike rentals that attracted more than 3,000 people. More than 400 surveys were collected by SCAG and the City of Ontario Engineering Department which gained positive feedback and support from the community.

According to data collected by SCAG Go Human:

  • More than 90 percent of attendees supported the bike lane, parklet and curb extension improvements.
  • 94 percent of the event participants hope to see the separated bike lane installed permanently.
  • Finally, 97 percent of the survey respondents thought that the temporary improvements made Euclid Avenue feel safer and more inviting!
Curb Extension: Euclid Ave and B St 

Art by: Go Human




Curb Extension: Euclid Ave and C St

Art by: A.G. Castañeda





Bike Lane around Ontario Town Square:

Euclid Ave, B St and C St






You can also check out Go Human blog for more information and pictures: 

Residents and Concertgoers Reimagine Downtown Ontario


Healthy 4th of July

We know the time to celebrate is here, and Healthy Ontario encourages you to stay Healthy this 4th of July!
Here are a few tips from us.

Our Healthy Ontario Initiative encourages Healthy Eating and Active Living. This year you can participate by having a healthy 4th of July celebration with your family and friends.
Fun activities you can include: Dancing, a stroll, swimming and sports.
Include veggies and fruits in your meal, practice portion control and remember to stay hydrated! 

Watermelon stars with blueberry on a stick

Fun Recipe: 4th of July Fruit Wands

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 20
  • What you need:
    • Star cookie cutter
    • Bamboo Skewers
  • Ingredients:
    • 1 whole watermelon
    • 16 ounces of fresh blueberries
  • Instructions
    1. Cut watermelon vertically into 1 inch thick slices.
    2. Use a small star cookie cutter to cut out star shapes from the flesh of each watermelon.
    3. Thread 7-10 blueberries into the center of each bamboo skewer, leaving enough space at the end for someone to be able to comfortably hold it, and a space at the top for the watermelon star.
    4. Place the watermelon star on top and set the fruit sparklers on a serving tray.

Please Join us this 4th of July!

Visit our community centers for crafts, and activities! 

Dorothy A Quesada Community Center

De Anza Community & Teen Center

4th of July Parade 

TIME: 9:00AM – 10:30AM
LOCATION: 4th Street and Euclid Avenue. Proceeds South Euclid Avenue to B Street
PARKING: Spectators may park on any side of the street south of 4th Street or on the West or East side of Euclid.

4th of July Fireworks Show

The gates will open at 5:00PM.
Fireworks show begins at 9:00PM and ends at approximately by 9:25PM.
Westwind Park: 2455 East Riverside Dr and Whispering Lakes Golf Course
Parking is available at Whispering Lakes Golf Course. Shuttle transportation is available from the Ontario Police Department parking lot, 2500 S. Archibald Avenue beginning at 4:00PM and concludes at approximately 10:00PM. There are minimal spaces available at Westwind Park with a handicapped placard.
Blankets, lawn chairs, EZ-ups and ice chests are permitted and will be checked at the gate.
Live entertainment will be performed by the band ACE beginning at 6:00PM. KOLA 99.9 broadcasts patriotic music during the Fireworks.
Carnival games, bouncers/small rides and food vendors are available at minimal cost.
No dogs or alcohol or charcoal BBQ’s are permitted.