Summer has come to an end, kids are back in school, and the leaves are ready to fall! Are you ready for this season? Have you planned ways to keep your family healthy and active during the holidays? We all know October is filled with candy and as we approach November, we should start to plan a healthy Thanksgiving meal for the entire family!
Don’t forget to participate in this years Halloween Costume Parade & Contest.
Remember Balance: Halloween is the time when kids can get exposed to more candy! You can balance those sweet treats by offering healthy snacks before the candy.
Practice Portion Control: You can provide small portions of candy in order to control how many pieces your child is having a day.
Make your Own: Make your own Halloween sweets by including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Example; Warm apple cider, smoothies, baked apples or pears with cinnamon and honey.
Get Everyone Up and Moving: Play fun activities and games, or participate in our free programs offered at our Health Hubs. You can visit your local community center and join Zum-Up! our free Zumba class for all ages, or a walking club, and even visit our parks and use our outdoor fitness equipment and walking trails.
Limit Left Over Candy: Keep candy away in a place where kids cannot easily access.
Teach your child about the importance of healthy snacks vs unhealthy ones
1 Medium Butternut Squash (about 2lbs, peeled, halved, seeded, and diced)
4 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth or Water
1 Teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Freshly Grated Parmesan (optional)
Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, sage, 1 teaspoon of the salt and season with pepper, to taste. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until soft and fragrant, about 15 minutes. Raise heat to medium-high, add the tomatoes, and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the tomatoes break up and the onions brown slightly, about 7 minutes. Add the squash and the remaining teaspoon salt, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, about 12 minutes. Add the broth, bring to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, until the vegetables tender, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender, or with an immersion blender. Return the soup to the pot and reheat over medium heat. Stir in the vinegar. Serve the soup in warm bowls with a touch of parmesan cheese if desired.
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.
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:
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?
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 Healthfinder.gov )
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!
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!
Bon View Park De Anza Park
Bon View Park Bathroom Renovation:
Bon View Park De Anza Park
Dorothy A. Quesada Community Center De Anza Community and Teen Center
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!
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:
Join a Zum-Up Zumba class for free at one of our Health Hubs
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;
Safely Thaw and Handle Your Turkey
Remember to wash your hands
Clean your surfaces to keep bacteria from spreading
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
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.