On December 7th, the City hosted
their annual Community Bonfire. The HELA Zone hosted a table that
promoted physical activity opportunities to the residents. The
capital improvements at both Berry Street [walking path] and Lemon
Grove (Washington Street) [exercise equipment] parks were shown via
visual boards to the attendees. HEAL Zone also provided residents
with incentives to get people outside like collapsable water
bottles, jump ropes and sidewalk chalk. Click here to see photos.
On November 21st, residents and
community partners of the Lemon Grove HEAL Zone gathered to
celebrate the grand opening of the newly installed walking path at
Berry Street Park. The HEAL Zone is hopeful that this walking path
will help increase physical activity for the residents of the
community. Click here to see photos.
On November 7th, the Lemon Grove
School District hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their new
athletic facilities behind the Library and Lemon Grove Academy. The
new facility includes: volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, as
well as a softball field and track. The greater community can use
these facilities for FREE, every Saturday, thanks to the revised
Joint Use Agreement between the City and School District. Click here to see
On August 1st, the Lemon Grove HEAL
Zone participated in the Resident Convening, hosted by Community
Partners for the Kaiser Permanente's Southern California HEAL
Initiative. This peer exchange was held in the beautiful beach town
of Ventura, California. Lemon Grove HEAL Zone Staff were joined by
residents and Steering Committee members. The purpose of this
Resident Convening was to ensure that participants walked away with
the necessary information they would need during the application
process for HEAL Zone Phase 2. Click here to see
On April 11th, in celebration of
National Gardening Month and National Public Health Week, the Lemon
Grove HEAL Zone partnered with the UCSD Center for Community
Health, Retail Program and Healthy Markets Action Team to host a
gardening and nutrition education event. We held the gardening demo
at the Farmers Market, where the owner, Don was so gracious to not
only provide us with space, but sent out smoothie samples to the
class. This event was open to all ages and went over many important
gardening tips including soil type and when to water your
THANK YOU to everyone who helped
make this event a success, including the attendees and Lemon Grove
Cub Scout Pack 108! Special thanks to Permaculture teacher, Lemon
Grove resident and founder of the Organic Edible Garden Club,
Marianne West who taught the class AND donated plants to raffle
off. And thank you to David Martin from UCSD who contributed most
of the great photographs in this album, found here.
On March 19th, the Lemon Grove
HEAL Zone hosted a dinner for Lemon Grove Resident Leadership
Academy Alumni. These graduates are residents who completed the RLA
curriculum in 2011, 2013 or 2014. For some of the graduates, this
was the first time they got to meet one another, for others, this
dinner provided an opportunity to reconnect with old
During the dinner, the graduates got
to hear an update regarding the accomplishments of the HEAL Zone.
Afterward, the RLA alumni were able to interact with CHIP and HEAL
Zone staff to inquiry about ongoing strategies and some even chose
to get involve with the current work of the HEAL Zone. Click here to see the photos.
The 17th Annual Community Bonfire
was held on December 5, 2014. It was a great turnout from the
residents, approximately 2800. The Lemon Grove HEAL Zone promoted
our ten local restaurants that have incorporated healthier menu
options, even providing samples from both Coop's West Texas BBQ and
Charley's Famous Hamburgers, as well as 5210 messaging and the new
deli that was opened at Don's Farmers Market. Special thanks to our
partners from UCSD School of Medicine, Center for Community Health,
Retail Program for supplying the tangerines from Don's Farmer's
Market. Click here to see the photos.
The Lemon Grove City Council
recognized ten (10) local restaurants that have committedd to
offering healthier food choices on their menus, including the kids
menus at some of these establishments. The Lemon Grove HEAL Zone
teamed up with Healthy Kids Choice Inc. to work with these local
restaurants to help provide healthier food options to their
customers. The list of participating restauarnts can be found
here to see the photos.
On November 21, 2014, the third
Lemon Grove cohort of the Resident Leadership Academy graduated.
This RLA was a joint venture between the Lemon Grove HEAL Zone and
our partners over at the County of San Diego, Health and Human
Services, East Region. Head over to the RLA page to learn more about the Community
Improvement Projects these graduates have chosen to focus on in the
near future. Click
here to see the photos.
On November 7, 2014, the twenty
Lemon Grove early childcare providers were honored for
participating and completing the Farms to Preschool curriculum. Our
partners over at the YMCA, Childcare Resource Services, worked with
this group of providers in order for them to provide early
education to small children around the improtance of agriculture
and healthy eating, including the Harvest of the Month program.
Click here to see the photos.
The Kaiser Permanente, "Healthy
Eating Active Living" Initiative held their annual Youth Regional
Convening, right here in Lemon Grove, on July 16, 2014. Check out
the photos of youth from Lemon Grove, working alongside their peers
from Whittier, to learn how they can bring positive change to their
communities. Click here to see the photos.
On May 31, 2014, the Lemon Grove
HEAL Zone participated in Lemon Grove Alive! Event hosted by the
Lemon Grove Rotary and held at the Lemon Grove Academy. The Lemon
Grove HEAL Zone helped promote on of our local markets, Don's
Farmers' Market, who is committed to bringing the city healthier
choices. Click here to see the photos.
The Lemon Grove HEAL Zone cohosted a
training workshop with Live Well San Diego East Region and
California Project Lean on May 6, 2014. The purporse of this
workshop was to povide parents the tools they would need inorder
for them to advocate and promote healthy beverages at their
children's school. Click
here to see the photos.
On July 24, 2013, the Lemon Grove
hosted our 1st annual Partner Celebration. This event brought
together all sorts of people from community residents to public
health professionals, that came together to help make Lemon Grove a
healthier community! Click here to see the photos.
In the fall of 2013, Lemon Grove
hosted it's first Resident Leadership Academy. Click here to see the photos from the graduation