Healthy RPV

Stay Strong Live Long

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes Recreation and Parks Department want YOU to be healthy! The RPV Recreation and Parks Department is on a mission to improve the health and well-being of our residents through the promotion of healthy eating, education, physical activity and easy access to making fitness fun! Check out our website for healthy recipes, exercise tips, view exercise/sport classes, and programs offered at our parks and check out our calendar for local events that will help make your fitness future FABULOUS! 

We encourage our residents to share ideas to make Rancho Palos Verdes a model City for a healthy lifestyle! Have an idea for our Healthy RPV program? Send us an email at


Are you an emotional eater?

Many of us have caught ourselves eating out of boredom, stress, or eating a comfort food just because it feels right, but food shouldn't be a resource to cope with our emotions/feelings. Some strategies to avoid this type of behavior are the following:

  • Distract yourself ...Find a hobby you enjoy and do it more often.
  • Have healthy foods readily available at home
  • Follow your hunger cues, ask yourself, "am I truly hungry or am I just filling up time?"
  • Don't wait until you are super hungry, eat snacks if needed so when it is time to eat you don't overeat.
  • It is OK not to clean your plate! You can take half home or save it for later.
  • Set a day for self-care and do something you enjoy  
  • Talk to friends/family about your emotions or feelings.
  • Sit at the table without distractions and savor your meal. Avoid doing other stuff while eating like reading, looking at the phone/TV/computer, doing homework or working.
  • Avoid using food as reward or punishment.
  • Avoid negative comments/thoughts about your body. 
  • It is OK to say "no more thank you" to food/drink offerings at gatherings and parties. 
  • Allow your body to recognize flavors and eat slowly
  • Don't classify food as good or bad
  • Ask for help. Look for professional advise if necessary.

Comparison of Nutrition Fact labels

Do you know there is a new nutrition label coming out in 2020 and many food industries are already using the new label in their products?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has mandated the introduction of a new nutrition fact label that will be required by the year 2020. The new nutrition label reflects changes that relate to today's food consumption and health concerns.

Here are the new changes so you can be more familiar and make better informed food choices when shopping for groceries.

Comparison of nutrition labels

If you didn't yet identify the new differences in the previous image, here the FDA displays the actual changes:

Whats new or different in the label

Note that the serving sizes now reflect what people normally eat at one time. For instance, if you grab a bag of chips it is more likely that you eat the whole bag of chips than just 10 chips that was listed as a serving size. So now the nutrition label will have the whole bag of chips as a serving size so that the information provided is clearer and less misleading.

Another important change to pay attention to is at the Added sugars and their daily values. Anything ≥20% (greater or equal to) is considered high, while anything  ≤5% (less than or equal to) is considered low. Aim for products with 5% or less of added sugars.

Also, Potassium and Vitamin D have replaced vitamin A and vitamin C on the nutrition label. This is because now Potassium and Vitamin D are the nutrients people are lacking on or don't get enough from their diet, while vitamin A and C are no longer a concern. Potassium is very important to maintain a healthy heart and prevent hypertension. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium and prevent osteoporosis & hypertension. Aim for products that contain more than 5% of these nutrients.

Healthy Recipes

Try these delicious and healthy meal ideas to vary your meal routine for this month. You can use some of these recipes to make your own lunch for work or school! Click on the links below to see the recipe online

      Easy Salmon Cakes                                                                   Buffalo Cauliflower Salad

Easy Salmon Cakes
Buffalo Cauliflower Salad

The gyms are currently closed.
Last  day for open Gym was Wed. Sept. 26th 2018 for Miraleste Gym and  Sun Sept. 30th, 2018 for Peninsula Gym.

The gyms reopening dates are TBD.  

Open Gym is for pick-up basketball only. No organized practice, leagues or play permitted. All participants must sign a waiver each year (one per year, available onsite upon arrival). Youth under 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian present during gym hours. 

ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to sign-in for each Open Gym session (in addition to having a signed waiver on file each year).

 This website is updated regularly with schedule changes and information. Always know before you go and check this site or sign up to get notified! 

Click here to sign up for Open Gym notifications using your email.

Questions? Please contact  Recreation and Parks Department at 310-544-5260

GET THE WAIVER HERE! (Waivers available onsite as well.) 

Additional local resources for fitness classes and programs

Adult and kid exercise classes available at the San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA 

Specific questions about these YMCA classes/programs should be directed to Ms. Elizabeth Zabludoff, Senior Program Director, at 



Exercise Classes

Register for the following programs by contacting the instructors below:

Adult Classes: 

Bones for Life (Exercises to Prevent Osteoporosis) HESSE PARK

Sachiye Nakano 310.366.6831 EMAIL: 

Tai Chi Chuan-Yang Style (Long Form) HESSE PARK

Stan Corzine 310.376.8088

Yoga, Tai Chi Gong, Zen Balance, LADERA LINDA PARK  & HESSE PARK

Maria Arabe 310.938.7548  

Kid Classes: 

 Details about these classes should be followed with the respective instructor of the class/Summer camp. 

Class/Summer camp name
Park where it is held
Instructor contact information
Silver spursRyan Park310-265-1291
Beach Head LacrosseRyan ParkMarissa Hewitt
Summer Sport campRyan ParkTom Maier

Nightmare softballRyan Park310-995-2005
U.S. Youth VolleyballRyan Park310-212-7008
Simmer Thyme CookingRyan Park

Tanika Rountree | 310-945-6495


Free Guided Public Hikes

Los Serenos Docent-Led Hikes

Los Serenos de Point Vicente is a volunteer organization which assists and supports the City of Rancho Palos Verdes' objectives for the Point Vicente Interpretive Center (a museum which features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula), Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, Forrestal Nature Reserve/Ladera Linda Community Center and the Trails at Trump National. Los Serenos docents and volunteers provide interpretive and educational services to the community regarding the unique features and natural and cultural history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and adjacent waters by means of docent-led tours, special events, workshops and classes.
Click here to access Los Serenos Docents hikes, programs & volunteer opportunities! 

Nature Hikes with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Conservancy managed trails offer a wide variety of walks and experiences, many of which feature spectacular views, native plants and wild flowers, fascinating geology, glimpses of the Peninsula's history, and animal sightings. They range from easy strolls to strenuous climbs up hillsides and ridges. A limited number of trails are accessible to those in wheelchairs or strollers for small children.

Many of the trails are narrow, and you may encounter other users – hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. We encourage you to be courteous and respectful of the other users of these beautiful open spaces. Always bring water and wear adequate sun protection.

Click here to access PVPLC trail maps, hiking tours, and more!

Ocean Trails Reserve

Beaches and Beach Access Guide. Come explore our vast coastal gem!

Rancho Palos Verdes is home to wild beaches with tall rugged cliffs, tide pools, caves and diverse wildlife!

Come on down and explore this natural wonder! Below, is a list of different Beaches and trails you can visit!