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HEALTHY WEIGHT COMMUNITY CHAMPION

The Florida Department of Health is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Healthy Weight Community Champion Recognition Program. Florida counties and municipal governments that want to showcase their efforts to create healthy communities are encouraged to apply! Last year, 80 cities, towns and counties were recognized by the Florida Department of Health for their efforts to increase physical activity and improve nutrition as part of the Healthiest Weight Florida Initiative. This year, their goal is to increase this number to 100 recognized jurisdictions.  Please visit www.healthiestweightflorida.com/resources to apply and download the HealthyWeight Community Champion Guidance and Resources document for more information.    


STATE OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS PLEDGE

FRPA has embraced a Strategic Plan with Health as a main theme. This pillar is focused on the importance of health in a community and how park and recreation departments are closely related to it. “One should not have to look far to see that there are solutions to this epidemic.  Parks and Recreation are one of those solutions,” FRPA President and Director of Miami-Dade Parks, Jack Kardys stated.  “Second only to the public school system, we care for more children for longer periods of time than any other organization. We are a logical partner in the fight to make Florida a healthier State if not the healthiest State in the country.” FRPA has adopted the State of Health and Wellness Pledge with commitments from over 70 agencies around the state. These 70 agencies serve over 13 million people. The FRPA State of Health and Wellness Pledge focuses on the built environment, physical activity and nutrition.

More information about the Pledge.


WHAT'S HAPPENING

The following are news items and press releases featuring members and agencies. If you have a news item to share, send it to FRPA.

9/20/16

Miami-Dade County wins USDOT Mayors' Safer Streets Challenge Award [Miami-Dade County]

Miami's First (PARK)ing Day 

9/8/2016

Sarasota County Earns State Sports Tourism Award

8/20/2016

Gainesville Opens Depot Park...and it's a Hit! [Gainesville Sun] 

7/27/16

Lakeland Offers Innovative Programming through Aquatic Spinning Classes [Bay News 9]

Starkey Ranch Earns Top ASLA Award [Starkey Ranch Newsroom]

7/2016

North Port named Playful City for 7th Consecutive Year [North Port Magazine]

6/8/16   

Recreation Programs Supervisor is on Winning Team [Sun Sentinel]



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