The role of Park and Recreation Departments in Community health and wellness is vital. The Strategic Plan hopes to address this by connecting Park and Recreation Departments throughout the state of Florida to local community health outlets. Partnerships with the Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, local healthcare systems and more will be key in the future of community health.
In December 2015, FRPA sent out a survey to Florida agencies throughout the state. This survey served as a tool to gather the information necessary to establish where we, as a state of Park and Recreation departments, stood on the platform of wellness in communities. The survey can be found here: Agency Position Survey on Health Initiatives (file is a download). The results of this survey can be found here: Health Survey Results
The Florida Recreation and Park Association has designed a pledge for our members to commit to that is a giant step towards placing park and recreation departments in the public health conversation. “One should not have to look far to see that there are solutions to this epidemic. Parks and Recreation are one of those solutions,” Retired 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 85 agencies around the state. These 85 agencies serve over 13 million people. The FRPA State of Health and Wellness Pledge focuses on the built environment, physical activity and nutrition.
Read more about the Pledge here.
A great first step to a healthier lifestyle is to get outdoors. The FRPA It Starts in Parks message is a clear objective. Check out the It Starts in Parks tab at the top of the page to learn more about this campaign.
|Join these agencies in their commitment to making Florida Healthy!
City of Bartow City of Belleair City of Boca Raton City of Boynton Beach
City of Brooksville Broward County City of Cape Coral City of Clearwater
City of Coconut Creek Collier County Cooper City Town of Davie
City of DeBary City of Deerfield Beach City of Delray Beach City of Doral
City of Dunedin City of Ft. Lauderdale City of Greenacres City of Hallandale Beach
City of Hialeah Town of Hilliard Hillsborough County City of Hollywood
City of Kissimmee City of Lake Mary City of Lake Worth City of Lakeland
City of Largo City of Lauderhill Lee County City of Lighthouse Point
Manatee County City of Margate Marion County Martin County
City of Miami Miami Dade County City of Miami Beach Town of Miami Lakes
City of Miami Springs City of New Port Richey City of North Lauderdale City of North Miami
City of Ocala City of Oldsmar Orange County City of Orlando
Palm Beach County Town of Palm Beach Pasco County City of Pinecrest
City of Plantation Town of Ponce Inlet City of Port Orange City of Port St. Lucie
City of Safety Harbor Sarasota County City of South Daytona Starkey Ranch
City of St. Cloud City of St. Pete Beach City of St. Petersburg City of Tamarac
City of Treasure Island The Villages Volusia County City of West Palm Beach
City of Weston City of Wilton Manors City of Winter Haven City of Winter Springs