Vision2BActive Action Heroes

Vision2BActive Action Heroes

  • Niki Anderson is a great advocate for staying active and she invites all the neighborhood kids over to her house to swim and play games in the pool.
  • Deputy Rolando Bayaca organized a physical fitness routine that he hosts at the Sheriff’s Training Center every Tuesday morning before the work day begins.
  • Gary Benedict has been an example of how physical activity helps to improve both physical and mental health, and can reduce the chances of experiencing many health problems.
  • Wyatt Benson started a health movement at The Heritage School in Phelan and has continued his efforts at Serrano High School by becoming the President of Health Occupations Students of America.
  • Bloomington Little League Challenger Division is a program that enables youth with developmental and physical disabilities to enjoy the game of baseball in an environment structured to their abilities.
  • Soben Bun lost over 100 pounds and kept it off for 16 years through physical activity and nutrition.
  • Steven Castro stays active year-round all while maintaining good grades, a positive attitude and encouraging friends, teammates, and family to stay active with him.
  • Vicki Chambless has organized and runs Jump Rope for Heart, annual track meets for the Morongo Unified School District elementary schools, and even put together a Soccer Mom Challenge.
  • Joseph Daniels stays active by going to the gym for years. Even when he had shoulder surgery, he would still go to the gym with a shoulder sling, inspiring others to never give up.
  • Lindsay Dixon created programs for kids and adults, as well as those with special needs and physical limitations at her dance studio.
  • Wendolym Dubon helped the city of Adelanto implement Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention (CX3), which promotes healthier communities.
  • Gary Ferrer, a blind dance and Zumba instructor, started a folklore dance group for low-income kids and also teaches fitness classes in San Bernardino.
  • Gani Ganac teaches karate at a local community center. He invites families to any local 5K events or hikes to encourage physical activity while still having fun.
  • Gino Garcia is a Marine that works with children, teens, police and the general community on providing physical fitness. He has led numerous free fitness programs for everyone in the community.
  • Mark Geletko is a retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major and the founder and head Coach of Fight Club 29. He volunteers aboard the Marine Corps base to teach Muay Thai and striking to sailors, Marines, and their dependents.
  • Joel Greene is dedicated to promoting health and wellness through his TV shows Curiosity Quest, Inland Empire Explorer and Our California. He also encourages residents to get out and play, explore and be active through his social media channels.
  • John Gomez continually strives to share his knowledge of safe fitness and nutrition trends to his community.
  • Jonathan Guerra established an amazing program where over 300 local children gather each week to exercise, learn teamwork and have fun.
  • Alan Haskvitz writes articles on fitness for seniors and is part of a running club. He is an inspiration to older residents and works out at the Rancho Senior Center.
  • Zomy Hernandez constantly sends out encouraging messages and healthy tips to her peers. She has shared that “it’s been her goal to build a community that support/love each other”.
  • Alivia Hibbler has implemented an entire physical education program at a local school that did not have the funding for one before.
  • Catherine Hiller, is a wellness advocate and liaison with Human Resources regarding healthy lifestyle programs and incentives.
  • Mary Hubbard began turning her life around by deciding to lose 80 pounds. She is a fitness competitor, goes to the gym daily, and has a clean, healthy diet.
  • Mayra Ibarra made a personal decision a little over a year ago to change her lifestyle and became more active. She promotes her healthy lifestyle to her students and practices what she teaches.
  • Sophia Landgrave encourages all the kids on her block to practice gymnastics and works out with the kids, doing jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, lunges and other exercises.
  • William Langley AKA “Lil’ Billy,” has been jumping rope as a Heart Hero for the American Heart Association and at Mariana Academy. He promotes physical activity and brings awareness to heart-related problems.
  • Mario Lopez decided to improve his overall health and learned jujitsu three years ago. He sends his friends and family motivational texts with inspirational quotes about the importance of being strong and healthy in mind, body and spirit.
  • Janie Lynch promotes health and wellness for the city of Victorville.
  • George Mangum has started no cost fitness programs that benefit seniors and students between 12 and 18 years of age.
  • Joaquin Maturino encourages his peers to understand the importance of physical activity, nutrition, and overall wellbeing and inspires them to bring healthy lifestyles to life.
  • Chris Mauger supported and adopted the “Commit to Be Fit” theme for a local school, a theme designed to educate students and families on the dynamics of healthy living and model ways to make healthy choices. He runs along-side with students, parents, and staff in Cottonwood’s 100 Mile Club and created “The Great Hesperian Workout.”
  • Elizabeth McSwain formed the Caramel Connections Foundation which provides underserved children with tips on healthy eating and physical fitness. The foundation raffles a new bicycle to a child each year.
  • Christi Meyers owns part of a restaurant, is raising 2 young kids, is pursuing a doctorate and uses her lunch time to encourage EMS students to cross fit to reduce stress and maintain health.
  • Kyle Middleton is a former baseball player and has made an extra effort to extend his knowledge and fitness goals with his students.
  • Cornelious Page Jr. has worked hard to bring “Let’s Move” to the communities of Victorville, Adelanto, and Hesperia, by promoting exercise, healthy eating, and cooking and encourages local stores to provide more fruits and vegetables.
  • Wilberto Penalba is an avid runner and enjoys sharing his training and healthy recipes with his family, friends, and colleagues.
  • Lynette Ramirez started the Nutrition, Education Activity Team (NEAT) at the High Desert Homeless Service. This program teaches below poverty families how to make better food choices, to get up and move and encourages those with disabilities how to exercise from their bed or chairs.
  • The Reachout Wellbeing Committee started a Wellness Walk on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. where they encourage staff to take a morning walk around their building.
  • Rob Richmond compiled two detailed trail guides to Yucaipa residents and other residents in the area. The trail guides are free and online so anyone can easily access them and even download.
  • Ken Roberts volunteers hundreds of hours at the Redlands BikeBBQ and for the community group “Ride Yourself Fit.”
  • Nicole Robinson is a strong believer in people’s ability to change. She works hard to introduce more students to dance and to motivate them to stay active and healthy.
  • Angela Romero developed and runs a Facebook group called Healthy Chino Hills, a forum for all people in the community to share health-related information. She runs a free community boot camp twice a week and organizes weekly local hikes for all ages and fitness levels.
  • Sabrina Rosiles strives to make a healthier Fontana and community in general. She hosts free workshops to educate kids on the importance of exercise and healthy food.
  • Cindie Schmidt provides school assemblies for children to teach them that healthy habits start young and lasts a lifetime. She also dedicates countless hours to free fitness classes for teachers and free seminars for parents.
  • Allynn Scott started a 5K run in honor of her daughter. She turned a tragedy into a mental and wellness event.
  • Molly Scully is an active member of the “For Your Health Employee Wellness Program.” She has been an avid hiker for many years and shares her love for health, fitness, and the great outdoors with many others through the San Antonio hiking program.
  • Drew Shandro is an amateur jump roper who holds one of the highest records for number of jumps in 30 seconds.  He can jump 154 times in 30 seconds.
  • Blanca Silva is the leader of Physical Activity in Adelanto and is part of the Communities of Excellence (CX3) project. She is a certified Zumba Instructor, a P90X Instructor, and volunteers to lead fitness sessions at the Adelanto Senior Center.
  • Teresa Sitz recognized the lack of physical activities in Wonder Valley and introduced various fitness activities for her community.
  • Dr. Gabriel L. Stine teaches kids about healthy living and coaches them to stay active and eat right. He created the “Health Strong” program that focuses on health, wellness and exercise.
  • Chad Spencer, Chad AKA “Coach” teaches soccer, basketball and football skills for students at Calimesa Elementary School. He also organizes lunch sports leagues, recess running clubs and facilitates the yearly Jump Rope for Heart for the American Heart Association.
  • Norma Spencer implemented the 2017 Summer Aquatics Program coupled with USDA Healthy Meals, which serves residents of north Adelanto.
  • Students Run L.A. is made up of a group of students at Carter High School in Rialto, Students Run LA (SRLA) encourages anyone to join their group and spends all year for a 26.2 mile event.
  • Esteban Valenzuela is an “inspirer” and promotes fitness in the police department and in the community. He spearheaded an effort to create a cross fit gym for police employees, helping improve the fitness level of the organization.
  • Mario Velarde offers a weekly summer youth running program to the children of the Chino Valley area.  The program is free and available to kids of all ages. The idea was to get everyone moving, build stamina, and enjoy nature.
  • The Yucaipa Trails and Open Space Committee highlights new trails every month in effort to get people out on the trails in Yucaipa.