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Board of Supervisors honors 56 Vision2BActive Action Heroes

A blind dance and Zumba instructor, a Redlands police officer who created a CrossFit gym that helped improve fitness in his community, and a high school student who started a health movement in elementary school that has been expanded to the whole school district were among 56 Action Heroes honored today by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

“We are proud to celebrate the efforts of our fellow neighbors, friends and coworkers who are meeting the challenge to stay active, whether they’ve started a walking group at work or run a 5K race for the first time,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood.

Vision2BActive is a campaign of the Countywide Vision to improve health and wellness in San Bernardino County by encouraging residents to increase their physical activity and connecting them to existing recreational programs, amenities and activities in their communities.

Only 23 percent of San Bernardino County adults and 34 percent of our youth get the recommended amount of physical activity, according to the most recent data from the California Health Interview Survey. In its 2008 issuance of “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended adults get 150 minutes a week of physical activity and children ages 5 to 17 were encouraged to move at least 60 minutes a day.

Last year, the Vision2BActive campaign asked the public to nominate Action Heroes throughout the county who have made an impact on community wellness by participating in physical activity or promoting physical fitness.

To read the nomination of each of the 56 Action Heroes and their contributions to health and wellness, click here.

Vision2BActive.com is an interactive resource that provides residents with information about physical activity events, fitness tips and a GIS map featuring places to be active in the county.

The Countywide Vision was developed by the community in 2010-11 and adopted by the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Council of Governments Board of Directors in June 2011 in order to create a roadmap for the future of San Bernardino County, which includes creating a healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work and play here.

Vision2BActive is the second public campaign of the Countywide Vision Project following the successful Vision2Read literacy initiative that started in September 2015.

World-conquering Redlands team wraps up its Destination Imagination career

A group of Redlands High School seniors recently wrapped up a world-class eight-year run in the annual international Destination Imagination science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics competition.

The team finished in the top 10 in all eight of their trips to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., including four world championships. This year’s tournament included 1,400 teams from 38 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and 19 countries, including Australia, China, Indonesia and Qatar.

Next stop for Devin Guevara, Nate Linares, Brian McBride, Harrison McDonald, Ian McMahon and Selorm Quarshie? College.

Destination Imagination is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) challenges.

“These students have worked so hard and accomplished so much this year in our annual competition,” said Michele Tuck-Ponder, Interim CEO for Destination Imagination. “When you get more than 8,000 of the brightest young minds in the world putting their talents on display, it really is awe-inspiring. Every year, we get to see the future leaders in STEAM, and I’m always amazed with what they produce.”

The team from Redlands, working this year under the name Capital Funishment, finished ninth in their Technical Challenge, presenting a fully autonomous vehicle that could navigate a randomly selected maze using sensors, coding and mathematics.

For more information about Destination Imagination and what it does year-round to advance learning in the STEAM fields, visit http://www.destinationimagination.org.

 

Set Sail For Adventure with the Summer Reading Program

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to Set Sail For Adventure and celebrate the summer season at the Library Summer Reading Program. Enjoy an amazing ocean-themed experience, meet some favorite characters, and earn some awesome prizes for meeting reading goals.  Enjoy a variety of fun-filled crafts, informative activities, performers and more.

The Summer Reading Program is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The San Bernardino County Library Summer Reading Program begins June 11 and runs through August 4 at all San Bernardino County Library branches.

For more Summer Reading Program information, please visit sbclib.org or contact your local branch library.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220.

Second annual ‘Home Run for Health’ planned for May 3

Residents and baseball fans throughout the Inland Empire are invited to hit a “Home Run for Health” May 3 when the Inland Empire 66ers face-off against the Lake Elsinore Storm.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and the California Health Collaborative – Tobacco Control Program are teaming up again to share positive health messages while enjoying America’s favorite pastime.

Admission to the public will be free when the 66ers host the Storm at San Manuel Stadium, 280 South E Street in San Bernardino.

Fans are invited to pick free vouchers while supplies last. One voucher can be redeemed for four tickets and families are limited to two vouchers, for eight tickets total. Parking is $7 per vehicle and can be paid in credit or cash.

“We are very excited for the chance to meet with residents and talk to them about our programs and all the many ways we can help to improve their health and well-being,” said Kim Saruwatari, Riverside County public health director. “We’re planning on this being another great night at the ballpark.”

Last year’s inaugural event enjoyed a near-sellout crowd at San Manuel Stadium with thousands of fans stopping by the concourse to learn more about available public health programs, resources and services.

This year will feature a pre-game parade and a free Fun Zone for the kids.

Vouchers are being distributed at the following locations:

Riverside University Health System – Public Health

Health Administration Building

4065 County Circle Drive

Riverside

Phone: 951.358.5000

San Bernardino County Tobacco Control Program

685 E. Carnegie Drive, Suite 140

San Bernardino

Phone: 909.381.4532

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health

Vital Statistics Registration Office

340 N. Mountain View Avenue
San Bernardino
Phone: 800.782.4264

Countywide Teacher Recruitment Fair Set For April 14

More than 25 school districts and institutes of higher education are scheduled to participate in the annual San Bernardino Countywide Teacher Recruitment Fair that will be held April 14 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

The event is a collaboration between the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) and the California Teachers Association with 23 county school districts and a Regional Occupational Program participating. In addition, three local colleges and universities will have representatives at the event, which will be held in the Valencia Room at the National Orange Show (930 S. Arrowhead Ave. at Gates 8 and 9) between 9 a.m. and noon on April 14.

Recruitment for applicant teachers is for all grade levels — as well as subject areas — of K-12 education, and districts may hold interviews on site. For applicants to register online for the event, go to: https://sbcss.k12oms.org/66-146014 .

Among the districts and ROP scheduled to have representatives at the event include: Adelanto; Apple Valley; Baldy View ROP; Barstow; Chaffey; Chino Valley; Colton; Etiwanda; Fontana; Hesperia; Morongo; Mountain View;; Oro Grande; Redlands; Rialto; Rim of the World; San Bernardino City; SBCSS; Snowline; Upland; Victor Elementary; Victor Valley; and Yucaipa-Calimesa.

Among higher education institutions participating, they are: Barstow Community College, Cal State San Bernardino and University of Redlands.

For more information about the Teacher Recruitment Fair, call 909.386.9570.

New Book Festival and 10th Anniversary of the Fontana Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the Fontana Lewis Library & Technology Center for the 3rd Annual New Book Festival and 10th Anniversary.  Once again, thousands of new books will be available for patrons for the very first time.  Be among the first to crack open one of these wonderful new titles.  Come and celebrate literacy and meet Wonder Woman, Batman, Captain America, and Spider Man. Don’t forget to take pictures.  Come see the Batmobile, a fire engine, or a police car up close. Build memories in the Jumbo Block play area, make fun crafts, enjoy face painting and balloon artists, dance to a live DJ, and much more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The 3rd Annual Fontana New Book Festival will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Visitors should bring their library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes.  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Fontana Lewis Library & Technology Center is at 8437 Sierra Avenue in Fontana.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

Come to the Library Luau at the Highland Library branch

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the Highland Sam J. Racadio Library & Environmental Learning Center for a Library Luau.  Don’t forget to take pictures with Moana. Enjoy a variety of fun-filled crafts, a balloon artist, face painter, and more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Library Luau will take place on Tuesday, April 10 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Visitors should bring their library cards, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Sam J. Racadio Library & Environmental Learning Center is at 7863 Central Avenue in Highland.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

ARMC to Host Free 11th Annual 5K Walk/Run & Health Expo

Join Arrowhead Regional Medical Center at the free 11th Annual 5K Walk/Run & Health Expo on Saturday, March 17.

Check-in begins at 7 a.m., and the Walk/Run begins at 8:30 with an awards presentation to immediately follow.

The Walk/Run is an outreach effort designed to raise awareness in exercise and healthy eating to help combat rising obesity and diabetes rates. The goal is to encourage individuals of all ages to improve the quality of their lives.

The Health Expo will offer basic health screenings, stay-healthy information, and many local vendors.

ARMC’s Walk/Run is aligned with the Countywide Vision’s Vision2BActive campaign to keep County residents active and moving.

ARMC is located at 400 North Pepper Ave., in Colton.

Please, for everyone’s safety, no pets, skates, skateboards, scooters or bicycles.

To register go to: www.arrowheadmedcenter.org.

San Bernardino County Library hosts Cover to Cover Club

The San Bernardino County Library is partnering with In-N-Out Burger again this year to promote reading among children this spring. The Cover to Cover program kicks off on Saturday, March 3 and will run through Saturday, April 14. This program will encourage students to read in all communities across the county.

To participate in this program, visit any of the 32 San Bernardino County Branch Libraries to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 12, and a parent or guardian will need to sign to acknowledge reading accomplishments. For every five books read, an achievement award and voucher for a free hamburger or cheeseburger will be issued. Each child may earn a total of three awards and vouchers for the duration of the program.

In support of the Countywide Vision’s Vision2Read literacy campaign, this program will help to improve literacy among children ages 4 to 12, with the help of incentives, by inspiring an excitement to read, providing achievement goals,  and encouraging a reading routine.

The San Bernardino County Library system is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serve a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County Library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220.

Show a Vision2Read by participating in Read Across America

Schools and libraries throughout San Bernardino County are holding Read Across America celebrations from March 1 to March 11.

Reading at grade level by third grade is one of the greatest predictors of children’s success in school, their likelihood of going to college, and their future earning potential. In San Bernardino County, we have a need to improve reading proficiency in our students. Sixty-two percent of San Bernardino County third graders do not meet State English language arts/literacy standards, scoring lower than their peers in neighboring Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange counties in the 2017 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test. Vision2Read is a campaign designed to help improve literacy throughout San Bernardino County by connecting people to literacy programs.

If you decide to participate at a Read Across America event, tell us what book you plan to read in the comments section below.

Also, don’t forget to use the hashtags #Vision2Read and #ReadAcrossAmerica if you post on social media.

Finally, if you are looking for your local library branch to find Read Across America events in San Bernardino County visit www.sbclib.org or  www.Vision2Read.com on the Resources page.

 

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