Dancing class helps pregnant women get ready for childbirth

Dancing for Birth classes bring together dancing and birthing education. They’re being offered for the first time in Central Florida at Florida Hospital. The classes are open to women are who are planning to become pregnant, are pregnant or have a child under age 1.

School Garden Farmer’s Market

The School Garden Farmer’s Market
You Won’t Want to Miss!
March 10, 2018
12:30 – 3:00pm
Whole Foods ~ Winter Park, FL
1030 North Orlando Avenue

Joining forces with Whole Foods, D.S. Venetta wants to connect kids with nature and the food they eat by inviting them to share and prepare their school garden harvest with area students and families.

No school garden? No problem. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn just how easy and rewarding it can be! For those teachers in need of help establishing a gardening curriculum, your local IFAS Extension office can provide all the guidance and resources you need, plus enough inspiration and enthusiasm to sustain you for the entire year! Orange County extension office. Seminole County extension office.

How the event will work:

  • Participating schools will display their harvest and offer it for sale or share
  • Students are encouraged to share photos of their school gardens
  • Chef demonstrations will be held inside the produce dept. throughout event
  • Garden crafts and activities will be available for the attendees
  • The Blender Bike will be on site for kids to pedal-power their own smoothies

There is no cost for schools to participate!

Event sponsored by Florida Hospital

As a complement to the event, author D.S. Venetta will visit your school and entertain students with an interactive gardening presentation, delighting them with the antics of the characters from her new series, Wild Tales & Garden Thrills. There is no fee for the visit. Schedule your visit today!

Soda Sugar Math

From our friends at Florida Hospital Center for Child and Family Wellness:

Do you know how much added sugar you are drinking from your drinks? If you drink one can of soda per day for 1 year you would take in a whopping 3,458 teaspoons of sugar total. That is almost 4 gallons of sugar in a year. Don’t forget about sports drinks, energy drinks, many types of teas and chocolate milk — all of which contain added sugar. Focus more on water and consider flavoring with sliced fruit or go with unsweetened tea or unflavored milk. Either way, it is best to work towards a less sweet state of mind.

Local Students Participate in Active Kids Summit

On March 4, nationally recognized health and wellness experts joined together at Florida Hospital’s Health Village campus in Orlando to discuss how initiatives such as Let’s Move! Active Schools and local programs can improve children’s health and fitness.  Among the experts were students from Lakemont Elementary and Winter Park High School, who shared their stories about how the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program and other school based health initiatives have helped them perform better in and out of school.

Owen Clark, 5th grade student at Lakemont Elementary and FUTP60 Program Ambassador, shared a story about how he was able to get a friend of his, who wasn’t very active, to move more through informal football games.

“Once my friend started playing football, he felt better which helped him listen better in class and increase his grades,” Owen said to the group of experts.

Riley Bannatyne, Senior at Winter Park High School and FUTP60 Program Ambassador, talked about how being healthy helps her in and out of school.

“Eating well helps me perform better in academics and athletics,” said Riley, who is also a member of the Winter Park High School Girls’ Lacrosse Team.

Additional students from Lakemont Elementary and Winter Park High School participated in the summit.  One student sat at each table, providing valuable insight into what students value during brainstorming sessions.  As one student mentioned, “If my teacher doesn’t know about brain breaks, I tell her about them.  Pretty soon, the whole class is asking for them.”

Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (Ret.), who transformed the Army’s system for basic training and now serves as Florida Hospital’s Senior Vice President, Global Partnering, Leadership Development and Health Performance Strategies, spoke about the importance and benefits of instilling healthy habits early.

“There’s a direct correlation between good health and good education,” said Hertling, who serves as a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Free Walk and Bike to School Workshop

Walk-Roll0292-300x211Our friends at Healthy Central Florida are providing a free Walk and Bike to School Workshop!

(plus free dinner and childcare for registered participants – first come, first served. Must register by Sept. 18)

Kids learn best when they’ve had a little exercise. Help them get more with a fun, healthy, safe commute. Join Healthy Central Florida to explore and encourage walking and biking to school – safely.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 6:00 p.m – 7:30 p.m.
Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England, WP 32789

Parents, Principals, Healthy School Team Leaders, City Officials, police, pedestrian/cycling advocates and PTO representatives


  • Potential for $$$ Mini-Grants
  • Learn from local walking and biking experts
  • Be inspired by replicable successes
  • Complimentary dinner from Outback Steakhouse & childcare for registered participants. Limited slots. Register early-deadline 9-18!
  • Receive tools to promote walking and biking at your school
  • Representatives from police, municipalities, traffic engineers, parents and teachers all working together for safer routes to school
  • Free materials for schools – banners, yard signs, counters, stickers, t-shirts and more!

Please RSVP today to

Questions? Contact Abby Seelinger at, or call 407.644.2300 ext. 241.

To learn more about Healthy Central Florida, visit Healthy Central Florida is community-based partnership, founded by Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation.

Walk With a Doc Beginning September 12th

walk with a doc Need to squeeze more exercise into your week? You may want to take a Walk with a Doc from Florida Hospital. It’s a great new way to get healthy, get the scoop on reliable health information, and meet new friends. And, it’s the latest activity launched by Healthy Central Florida (HCF), a community-based initiative founded by the Winter Park Health Foundation and Florida Hospital.

It’s a fact that the simple act of walking improves your physical and mental health. It also improves your well-being when you get out, meet new people and try new things.  The new Walk with a Doc program will enable you to spend time with and get to know outstanding physicians, and ask medical questions in an informal, relaxed, and fun way–all while meeting new friends who are also interested in getting healthy.

Walk with a Doc will begin Thursday, September 12. Walkers will meet at the Peggy and Philip B. Crosby YMCA Wellness Center at 6 p.m. each Thursday for the 30-minute walks. The walks are free and open to everyone.

By the way, the walks will take place rain or shine – the YMCA has generously offered the use of its indoor track if there is inclement weather.

For more information about this and other HCF supported walks, click here.