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60 Minutes of Activity a Day...Do it for LIFE!

Physical activity is an essential component of healthy lifestyle.  In combination with healthy eating, it can help prevent a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, which are three leading causes of death.  Physical activity helps control weight, builds lean muscle, reduces fat, promotes strong bones, muscle and joint development, decreases the risk of obesity.  Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight.

Fit "Fitness" into your busy day - It is important to your health and success. Whether it is walking the dog, running, or riding a bike... make physical activity one of the healthy habits in your daily life.

What are the Benefits?  Students who are physically fit will...

  • Find it easier to maintain a healthy weight
  • Sleep better
  • Have higher self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Be more attentive in class and perform better in school
  • have a proper growth with stronger bones, muscles, and joints
  • Feel less stressed
  • Reduce their risk of chronic disease
  • Decrease the risk of development type 2 diabetes
  • Have lower blood pressure
  • Feel happier and have better outlook on life


Get out and get active - limit sedentary activities. Student's lifestyles today are very different from their parents'. TV, video games, texting and online social networks are now replacing the neighborhood kickball game. Kids and teens are spending more time sitting and less time running, jumping and playing. Commit to staying active.

Healthy Ventura County

The Partnership for a Healthy Ventura County is a coalition that includes Ventura County Public Health, First 5 Ventura County and a wide range of community organizations and individuals, including businesses, schools, non-profits, local government and networks seeking to improve the health of Ventura County residents, policies and community endeavors. We share the vision that Ventura County will be the national model for healthy eating, active living and community well-being. We promote community and personal changes that lead to healthy eating and regular exercise to reduce obesity and related chronic diseases.         

Hiking & Biking in Ventura County

Ventura County is at the south end of the Central Coast of California. The area has several great hikes that make nice day trips from Los Angeles. The west end of the Santa Monica Mountains extends into Ventura County, providing plenty of trails around Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.
Inland from the coast is the city of Ojai, which lies on the southern edge of Los Padres National Forest. There is excellent hiking in the green mountains around the city. Route 33, Mariposa Highway, heads north of Ojai, offering a scenic drive into the mountains with numerous hairpin turns. Along the way, there are several places to hike and camp. The largest campground in the area is Wheeler Gorge with seventy sites and a pleasant one-mile loop trail. The tallest waterfall in the Los Padres, the two-tier 300-foot Rose Valley Falls, is located three miles off Route 33 and is easy to get to from the campground. East of the waterfall is Sespe Wilderness, where backpackers can trek to more remote locations, including Willett Hot Springs.

Ventura Beach Bike Trail: This scenic bike trail starts along the mouth of the Ventura River and takes you along the C-Street Promenade, past surfer’s point, Ventura Pier and ends at the San Buena Ventura State Beach without breaking a sweat. 

Running in Ventura County
Hiking in Ventura County   

Pleasant Valley Recreation Parks District