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Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness Initiative

The P.L.A.C.E. (Policies for Livable, Active, Communities, and Environments) Initiative was a grant-funded program through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Initiated in July 2008, the program was a 3-year $1.65 million grant dedicated to fostering policy change that supported the development of healthy, active environments for Los Angeles County residents. The City of El Monte was one of 5 recipients within the Los Angeles County that pursued policy change and related physical projects that decreased barriers in the built environment which improved opportunities for nutrition and physical activity.
The lead agency for the City of El Monte P.L.A.C.E. Initiative was the Community & Senior Services Division, who worked closely with the Community Development Department (Planning and Engineering), the Police Department, and the City Manager’s Office throughout the grant cycle to successfully implement the Initiative. The City also collaborated with the California Community Foundation, AltaMed Health Services, the El Monte City School District, and Amigos de los Rios.
The City of El Monte developed a Health and Wellness Element for the El Monte General Plan, with proposed components addressing healthy lifestyles and physical activity, access to healthy food, public safety and security, and access to recreation. The physical project component of the P.L.A.C.E. Initiative was a 1-mile circuit walking path with mileage markers and signage connecting various civic, educational, retail and health care facilities in the area. Another valuable outcome of this program was the establishment of a walking club that had over 350 residents actively enrolled. The Community & Senior Services Division, in collaboration with other city departments and community partners, continues to offer physical activity opportunities and health education through special events throughout the year.  Please visit this page and they City’s main webpage regularly for upcoming events.



Healthy El Monte Coordinating Council

The Healthy El Monte Coordinating Council was created to unify efforts that create a healthy environment for all community residents and improve the quality of life for those we serve.  The purpose of the Council is to showcase what your agency is doing to promote healthier lifestyles in the City of El Monte. The meetings take place at the Jack Crippen Multipurpose Senior Center at 10:00 AM.

Quarterly Meeting Dates:

June 29, 2017

September 28, 2017


For more information, please call Johana Coca at (626) 580-2210.



Senior Gym

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View Waiver Here
View Rules Here

As a result of community feedback, the City of El Monte celebrated the opening of its new Senior Gym in February 2015. The 544 sq. ft. gym is located in the Jack Crippen Multipurpose Senior Center and features two recumbent bikes, two treadmills, two elliptical machines and a multi-gym machine. The Senior Gym is a safe space for adults age 50 and older to exercise on state of the art equipment for a minimal cost. The fees for El Monte residents are $1.00 per day or $12 a month. Fees for non residents are $2.50 per day or $25 per month.

Hours of operation:

Monday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Family Fitness Session with POWER

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Join us for a fun family fitness Saturday filled with physical activity and healthy resources! All ages and fitness levels welcomed. Let’s get moving, El Monte!

Arceo Park
3125 N. Tyler Avenue
El Monte CA, 91731

Every first Saturday of the month, rain or shine!
8:00 AM

For more information, please call the El Monte Community & Senior Services Division at (626) 580-2210.


Hatha Yoga

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Yoga practice enhances health and well-being. Movements include relaxation while stretching, strengthening by holding weight-bearing poses when applicable, breathing awareness, working together in rhythm, repetition to promote skill building, fitness, strength and relaxation.

Jack Crippen Senior Center
3120 N. Tyler Avenue
El Monte CA, 91731

February 1st - May 24th
8:30 AM

For more information, please call the El Monte Community & Senior Services Division at (626) 580-2210.


Urban Agricultural Initiative Plan

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