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Healthy Fontana receives 2007 California 'Fit Business' Silver Award

Fontana Herald News

The Healthy Fontana Program administered by the City of Fontana recently received the 2007 California "Fit Business" Silver Award.

City Councilmember Acquanetta Warren and Frances Hernandez, the acting manager of the city's Community Services Department, traveled to Sacramento on Nov. 8 to obtain the special recognition from State Senator Tom Torlakson (7th District) and Assemblymember Lloyd Levine (40th District).

Healthy Fontana was recognized for its significant contribution and exceptional commitment to promoting and encouraging health and fitness in the workplace. Fontana was one of only four California cities to receive the Silver Award.

The city was honored for its dedication to exercise and good nutrition education, as well as serving as a role model to all corporate businesses and residents, which reflects the spirit of the California Task Force and Workplace Wellness.

Hernandez was pleased to present the award to the city at a City Council meeting last week.

The Healthy Fontana was originally created by Warren in 2004 to inform, educate, and change the way people eat, exercise and live. Healthy Fontana encourages residents to make choices that will lead to a healthier lifestyle. The program is being offered by various community businesses and local organizations in addition to the city's Community Services Department.

Healthy Fontana launched its website, in 2003 and a Spanish version was implemented in 2004. The website gives the community access to information about the city's programs, health issues, calendar of events, healthy recipes, and updates.

The city's "Fast, Fresh and Fabulous" Healthy Cooking Class stirs up appetizing dishes on a regular basis. The classes teach residents healthy alternatives to prepare great tasting meals, with emphasis on eating five fruits and vegetables per day.

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