Two Heritage LifeFit Programs, Director Honored By County

From left to right: Cindie Schmidt, Janie Lynch, George Mangum, Dr. Gabriel L. Stine, Wendolym Dubon and Wyatt Benson pose after receiving Vision2BActive awards from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on June 13. [Photo credit: HVVMG]

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– George Mangum, the director of FITness for Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group, is one of the Vision2BActive Action Heroes honored this year by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors for efforts to improve health and wellness in the county.

Two no-cost fitness programs offered by HVVMG, under the Heritage LifeFit umbrella, were singled out as specifically championing the cause: Retro-Fit, an advanced fitness program for seniors, and Club 1218, a high-intensity training program designed specifically for teenagers ages 12 to 18.

One of only 56 people who were honored by the county June 13, Mangum accepted the award but he maintains that the recognition is infinitely bigger than him and he merely represented the “amazing people” on his team.

“I get to be the recipient of the geniuses around me,” Mangum said.

In a county-issued statement announcing this year’s honorees, who were all nominated by members of the public, county Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood lauded their impact on the communities they serve.

“We are proud to celebrate the efforts of our fellow neighbors, friends and coworkers who are meeting the challenge to stay active,” Lovingood said in the statement, “whether they’ve started a walking group at work or run a 5K race for the first time.”

Mangum said the programs’ successes were a reflection of hard work “from top to bottom” and while it felt gratifying to be recognized, it was equally important to remember HVVMG’s ultimate mission: “We are a medical group. We’re out to save lives.”

Five others based in the High Desert also received recognition for work ranging from teaching children to eat healthy to holding free fitness classes for teachers.

For more information and to register for Retro-Fit, which occurs 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Club 1218, which will resume this fall, visit

Classes take place at 12408 Hesperia Road, Suite 25, in Victorville.

Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group (HVVMG) offers its members award-winning coordinated care with a speedy referral system. HVVMG has 45 primary care physicians and a panel of two-hundred medical specialists across Southern California’s High Desert, as well as the mountain communities. HVVMG has a locally based members service team and is dedicated to a spirit of excellence. HVVMG is part of the Heritage Provider Network.

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