|The City of Chino Hills committed to the California Healthy Cities concept in 1994. A Healthy Hills Steering Committee was formed and later enhanced with various members of the community including: Council members, Commissioners, representatives from Chino Hills Police Department and Chino Valley Fire District, Chino Valley Unified School District, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, and multiple residents and students. The purpose of the Healthy Hills Steering Committee was to assist with assessing community needs, defining health issues, and developing programs to enhance community health. More recently, a logo was designed to help brand the City’s healthy living initiative.
When the Healthy Hills initiative began in Chino Hills, the initial programs that were endorsed by the Committee were: the Youth Accountability Board (YAB), Chino Hills Advisory and Mentoring Program (CHAMP), Seniors Assisted by Visiting Volunteers and Youth (SAVVY), Neighborhood Network Program, and Multi-Use Trails. Soon after, the Celebrate the Family Poster and Essay contest was added to the list. Over the years the list has grown to include the following programs:
As time passed and industry trends evolved, the goals for the Healthy Hills Program have changed. Where an advisory committee was once sufficient, current attendance at quarterly meetings has decreased and the need for active membership has increased. Currently, staff spends approximately 20 hours for each quarterly meeting that includes preparation of agendas, staff reports, minutes, setup, etc. With Council approval, staff would utilize these hours to develop new ideas and increase volunteer opportunities for community members.
- Blood Drives
- Library Events/Classes
- CHAMP (inactive)
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
- Celebrate the Family
- Christmas Tree Recycling
- Citizens Academy
- Computer Skills Classes
- Earth Day Event & Tree Planting
- Enrichment Programs
- Farmers Market
- Health & Wellness Fair
- Hiking in the Hills Club
- Mobile Recreation
- Mulch Giveaway
- Multi-Use Trails
- National Night Out
- Neighborhood Network Program (inactive)
- Neighborhood Watch
- Prescription/Drug Drop-Off
- Randall Lewis Fellowship Program
- Safe Routes to School
- Senior Driving Courses
- Sports Instruction/Leagues
- Student Government Day
- Trail, Park, Roadway Adoptions
- Volunteer/Internship Opportunities
- Water Conservation Education Programs
- Youth and Senior Scholarships
Staff recommends restructuring the Healthy Hills Steering Committee from a Council-appointed format to an internal staff-driven program. A new volunteer component would be created in which community members could select specific programs or events that they would like to volunteer, including pre-planning or day-of-event assistance.
New Application/Interview Process
The City Volunteer Packet would undergo a complete revision to include a description of the Healthy Hills Program and the volunteer opportunities that would be available to all residents. Based on the Healthy Hills Program's five focus areas (Active Lifestyle, Community Beautification, Health & Wellness, Lifelong Learning, and Family Wellness), residents would select which areas they are interested in working and, through an interview process, staff would be able to place each person accordingly. In order to utilize volunteers in the most efficient way, staff would ensure that individuals/groups be assigned to programs and events based on their availability, level of commitment, and skill sets.
The City would continue to maintain existing volunteer assignments such as: roadway, trail, and park adoptions, YAB, and the graffiti abatement team, but new opportunities would be presented to the community that would provide alternate ways to get involved with the Healthy Hills Program. Ongoing activities such as the proposed Community Cookbook, weekly walking club, and outreach events would provide prolonged volunteer opportunities throughout the year, whereas larger events such as First Day Hike and the Health and Wellness Fair would offer shorter, yet high intensity commitments. Each of the programs and events would have multiple volunteer opportunities including pre-planning, administrative work, and day-of-event assistance.
As it did back in 1994, the City continues to value the input of its residents and wants to continue receiving feedback. On an annual basis, staff would host a Healthy Hills Program “check-up” and invite the community to receive information on past successes, gather ideas for future activities, and provide input as to what health related issues are important to them.
These gatherings would be conducted in community workshop formats where there would be plenty of back and forth dialogue between residents and staff. Staff would analyze the information received and make decisions regarding future programs and events.
As the Healthy Hills Program looks to enter into the next chapter of its existence, staff stands proud and optimistic of the future ahead and would continue the mission of supporting and providing programs that support the overall health of residents within this community.