Protect yourself from COVID-19

Healthy Ontario wants you to be safe during the Coronavirus outbreak. Currently there is no specific treatment or vaccine to help protect against Coronavirus. Health professionals recommend to visit your doctor if you are feeling sick and stay home to prevent spreading any viruses. Here are some frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

How does conoravirus spread?
Coronavirus can spread from person to person, specially if you are within 6 feet from someone that has been infected. It can also spread through coughs or sneezes or by touching an object that may contain the virus.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some patients can develop more severe complications such as pneumonia, multi-organ failure and in extreme complications, death.

How can I protect myself?
You can protect yourself by avoiding contact with those who are sick. The CDC recommends to avoid touching your face, and washing your hands regularly with soap and water for about 20 seconds. You can also use hand-sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

What to do: 

To stay safe during this COVID-19 outbreak, avoid physical contact when greeting others. Some safe greetings include: wave, nod or a bow. Shaking hands can be harmful because respiratory viruses are passed through touch.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For more information about updates and information in the City of Ontario please visit the City’s website → Coronavirus Updates

Neighborhood Preservation Community Fair 2020

This year’s Neighborhood Preservation Community Fair was a success. Multiple outside organizations and internal City Departments gathered early Saturday morning to bring resources, information and giveaways to the residents of the City of Ontario.

Our Healthy Ontario booth provided information about new TCC projects and mental health resources. We also conducted surveys for our Active Transportation program to gather input on walking and biking in the City. Our Engineering Department, Mobility Division gathered over 200 surveys that will help identify areas that need  improvements for complete and safe sidewalks, bike routes and bus shelters.

Our promotoras team also had a booth where they provided information about our free nutrition classes, ZumUp! Zumba classes, and our walking club. Our ZumUp! team were part of the entertainment group and presented a class to the community.

Huerta del Valle community garden was giving out free seasonal, organic vegetables to residents who visited their booth and provided information about new gardening projects.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Neighborhood Preservation Community Fair and joined our City Departments and outside organizations!

Healthy Ontario wants to thank Caramel Connections and Executive Director Elizabeth McSwain for the donation of the two bicycles. The winners were excited and happy for their new bikes!

Read Across America

Read Across America is a celebration to motivate children and teens to read. Caramel Connections Foundation will be hosting a Read Across America Celebration. Join them for an afternoon of fun and literature. There will be food, entertainment and giveaways!

Date: February 29, 2020
Time: 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: Beola’s Southern Cuisine
1845 E Holt Blvd
Ontario, CA 91761

Mental Health Resources

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It can affect how you think, feel and act. It is important to address at every stage of life, from childhood through adulthood. Healthy Ontario and partners have been working together to help our community find local resources.

The City of Ontario Ovitt Family Community Library will host free weekly family support groups. Group discussions will be in English and Spanish. See flyer below for more details.

It’s Fall

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.

Visit our City website for more information: Halloween Costume Parade & Contest.

Healthy Halloween Tips:

  1. 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.
  2. Practice Portion Control: You can provide small portions of candy in order to control how many pieces your child is having a day.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Limit Left Over Candy: Keep candy away in a place where kids cannot easily access.
  6. Teach your child about the importance of healthy snacks vs unhealthy ones

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

  1. Ingredients:
    • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 Onion (thinly sliced)
    • 4 Cloves Garlic (smashed)
    • 2 Fresh Sage Leaves
    • 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
    • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
    • 2 Medium Canned Plum Tomatoes
    • 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)
  2. Directions:
    • 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.

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