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.
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!
Fun Recipe: 4th of July Fruit Wands
Total Time: 15 minutes
What you need:
Star cookie cutter
1 whole watermelon
16 ounces of fresh blueberries
Cut watermelon vertically into 1 inch thick slices.
Use a small star cookie cutter to cut out star shapes from the flesh of each watermelon.
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.
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!
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. LOCATION:
Westwind Park: 2455 East Riverside Dr and Whispering Lakes Golf Course PARKING:
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. OTHER INFORMATION:
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.
Healthy Ontario encourages you to spread the word and reduce the risk of injuries in our community. Accidents/unintentional injuries have become the number one cause of death in America. It is important to raise awareness about important safety issues happening around you.
On the Road
How can I take action?
Summer is here, and everyone can get involved in reducing the risk of injuries.
The Healthy Ontario Initiative has taken action to make our streets safer for our community. By adding sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, and streets lights, Ontario is becoming a more ‘walkable’ community. With the help of City Departments and partners, Ontario is aiming to provide new opportunities for you to be healthy and safe.
Remember to spread awareness about the dangers of cars.
Healthy Ontario wants to congratulate Rosario Santillan for her successful life changes.
Rosario was recognized by Kaiser Permanente, a long time Healthy Ontario partner.
Through our Healthy Ontario Initiative, Ontario has worked with different partners to provide residents with healthier choices and opportunities. Rosario is one of our community members who took the opportunity to improve her health. After suffering from an accident that made exercising challenging, Rosario began to gain weight, and was at high risk of getting diabetes. She took charge and began to attend one of our free Zumba classes offered at one of our Health Hubs. After attending, she saw positive changes in her life. Rosario has lost over 67 pounds, has normal blood pressure and has created many friends in the community. She became a resident leader and now helps others in the community to be and stay healthy.
Congratulations Rosario for your success in making healthy lifestyle changes!
On Saturday April 7th our community garden, Huerta del Valle (HDV) celebrated 5 years of community health and effort to build a local, organic food system in Ontario. People came together to rejoice and celebrate their success and to wish them many more successes in the years to come. The event provided resources for over 900 attendees, such as information booths, workshops from local organizations, and an open farm market. Some of their members participated and demonstrated their own traditions by doing arts, sharing traditional foods, songs and dances. Performances included Radio Santa Ana, Baile Folclorico and traditional dances from different areas of Mexico.
Come join in the festivities with Huerta Del Valle community garden as they celebrate their 5th anniversary. It will be a fun day for the whole family, full of music, art and healthy food. The event will be on Saturday, April 7th from 12:00 pm- 9:00 pm at the community garden located at 831 east Belmont Street, Ontario, CA. For more information visit www.huertadelvalle.org