Pictures of Healthy Living

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. 

Pictures of Healthy Living


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              C
ity 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

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The Florida Department of Agriculture: Roadmap to Healthy Living map has been updated with parks submitted by agencies throughout the state. This map features local data, including diet related figures. Now there are parks listed on there to connect people to active opportunities. Click the image below to be taken to the website. To access the Parks layer, click "layers" and make sure "Parks & Recreation" is checked.

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