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City of Lakeland Recognized Among Healthy Weight Community Champions

Polk County Communities Recognized as Healthy Weight Community Champions

BARTOW- The Florida Department of Health has recognized the City of Lakeland, the City of Winter Haven, and Polk County as Healthy Weight Community Champions. Between November 2013 and February 2014, local governments were invited to submit best practice policies they have implemented to promote physical activity and improve nutrition in their jurisdictions. These “best practices” are exemplified by the Healthy Weight Community Champions.

 

“Efforts to improve health are often most effective at the local level and the Department wants to recognize the outstanding progress made by these communities to promote healthy weight,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong.

“We are very proud of the work our local community leaders have accomplished to make Polk County a healthier place to live, work, and play,” said Dr. Ulyee Choe, FDOH- Polk Director.

Some of the best practices enacted locally include:

  • Sponsorship of low or no cost fitness related events
  • Pursuing healthy community design and complete streets policies
  • Supporting the development of community gardens
  • Including healthier alternatives in vending machines at parks and recreation facilities

    A full list of policy changes for each community is available in the attached document or online at www.mypolkhealth.net/announcments/healthyweight.

    Each municipality will receive their award at an upcoming public meeting. Communities will also receive personalized Healthy Weight graphics and promotional material.

    The Community Champions program is part of the Department’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative. Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.

    To learn more about Healthiest Weight Florida, please visit www.HealthiestWeightFL.com.

    For more information about the Florida Department of Health in Polk County please visit www.mypolkhealth.org.

 


WALK LAKELAND WITH COMMISSIONER MERRITT

WALK LAKELAND WITH COMMISSIONER MERRITT
 
 
 
WHO: Commissioner Keith Merritt and you!
 
WHAT: Walk Lakeland
 
WHY: Walking inspired healthy initiative to get up and get moving while having a good time.
 
WHEN: Monday, January 6th at 6 p.m. (Walkers will meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month)
 
WHERE: First walk will be around Lake Mirror.  The group will meet at the Magnolia Building parking lot located at 698 East Orange Street.
 
 
LAKELAND, FL (January 3, 2014) -- Lakeland City Commissioner Keith Merritt is happy to continue his healthy living initiative Walk Lakeland in the upcoming year.  On the first and third Monday of each month Commissioner Merritt will lead a walk around various land marks that will include lakes, paths and parks. 
 
On Monday, January 6th at 6 p.m. the Commissioner will lead a community walk around Lake Mirror.  Those that wish to attend will meet in parking lot of the Magnolia Building located at 698 East Orange Street, Lakeland, FL 33801.
 
Commissioner Merritt said, “On the first and third Monday of each month I plan to meet up with walkers at a destination around Lakeland for a brisk walk. No timers, no medals, just an opportunity to get up, get out and start walking.” All ages and fitness abilities welcome.
 
The first walk of 2014 will be around Lake Mirror along the Francis Langford Promenade.  The distance around the lake is approximately one mile.  Merritt said, “We plan to start small and build up from there and I hope that our walking group grows and grows each month.”  He added, “I’m really looking forward to getting out and exercising while meeting a whole new group of citizens. “
 
For more information about upcoming Walk Lakeland dates and locations, please visit http://www.lakelandgov.net/walklkld.aspx