Free Nutrition Resources for Your School

Team Nutrition invites you to visit the new Team Nutrition Schools Network website! The Team Nutrition Schools Network is for schools participating in USDA’s National School Lunch Program that are interested in and working towards creating and sustaining healthy nutrition environments. Members of the network enjoy access to free nutrition education resources and promotional items, networking opportunities, and more.

Not a member? Join today at! In January, Team Nutrition Schools will have the opportunity to request new nutrition message decals to display in their cafeterias. Don’t miss out!

Currently a member? Check the website to make sure they have the most updated information for your school, so that you can stay in the know with Team Nutrition. While you’re there, be sure to take a look at the new features, including:

Baldwin Park Students on the Move with Walking School Bus

A little drizzle wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of Baldwin Park Elementary students and parents in January, as they started the year by kicking off their walking school bus program with the support of Healthy Central Florida. What’s a walking school bus? It’s quite simple: escorted by at least one adult, a group of children walk to school, stopping to “pick up” other students along the way.

Read more about the Walking School Bus program and how to start the program in your local schools.

Improving Community Health with Walking and Biking to School

In September, Healthy Central Florida hosted its 6th annual Walk n’ Bike to School Workshop.  The free workshop brought together advocates and leaders to make walking and biking to school safer for our children.

During the workshop, area school representatives shared their creative efforts to help make walking and biking to school safer, and more fun, for their students and families.

Dommerich Elementary

Created a breathe free car line with an idol free zone.  They promoted the breathed free car line and idol free zone through letters to parents, emails and on the morning news.  Additionally, they purchased banners and signage to hang in the car line.

Brookshire Elementary

On International Bike to School Day, students wearing helmets properly had their picture taken and posted on bulletin board in school — The Wall of Fame.  Those that had an improperly fitting helmet were fitted by a local bike shop.

Lakemont Elementary

On International Bike to School Day, Lakemonth Elementary hosted a Roll-a-thon on their track where students could bring anything on wheels except for a skateboard.  Students were rewarded with a banana that they were able to decorate with a marker.  Students loved it!

Lake Sybelia Elementary

Lake Sybelia Elementary has had great success with the Walking School Bus.  Parents obtained administration support then parent support through robo calls to obtain interested volunteers.  The school now has two active routes on Wednesday mornings that have been going strong for six years.  Bonds are formed between students and adult volunteers.

Maitland Middle

The school installed a bike pump in front of the school.  Dommerich Elementary is looking to replicate and install in back of their school.  The bike pump is open to community.  Maintenance is split between the school and PTA.

Congratulations to Healthy Central Florida and these schools for their efforts to improve child health, increase learning, create greener communities and enhance fun and a sense of community – all by simply getting kids walking and biking to school.

Walk and Roll Workshop – Sept. 21

Healthy Central Florida (HCF) is hosting its 6th annual Walk n’ Bike to School Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 21. The workshop is free, open to all, and designed to bring advocates and leaders together to make walking and biking to school safer for our children. Join parents, school personnel and city leaders to share updates, creative ideas and strategies to improve safety and walk and bike-ability around our area schools. HCF will also offer $10,000 in grants to *qualified schools. Attendance is mandatory to be eligible for a grant.

A free light breakfast will be served. All are welcome but an RSVP by Sept. 14th is requested. Here are details (HCF Walk N Roll Workshop Flyer):

Winter Park Community Center
721 West New England Avenue
8:45 – 10:45 am
Free event | RSVP by Sept. 14 –
Light breakfast provided

School principals
Healthy school team leaders
City officials and police representatives
Pedestrian/cycling advocates
PTO representatives (Fundraising opportunity!)

Free Walk n’ Roll promotional materials
Tools and resources to promote safe commutes
Complimentary breakfast for registered participants
To RSVP call (407) 303-1347 or for more information, email

*Winter Park Consortium Schools (those that matriculate to WP High School) are eligible for the grants during this grant round.

Healthy Kids Today at IOA Corporate 5K

Staff from six Winter Park Consortium schools joined together with Winter Park Health Foundation and Healthy Central Florida staff to participate in IOA’s Corporate 5K on Thursday, April 13.  The event, nicknamed “Orlando’s largest office party,” is held exclusively for Florida’s corporate community; businesses and non-profit organizations form teams and participate in the IOA Corporate 5k for camaraderie, friendly competition and celebrating with co-workers.

Healthy Kids Today, in partnership with Winter Park Health Foundation, provided a discounted entry fee to m ore than 50 Winter Park Consortium school staff members.  Participants wore their school shirts to show their school spirit which spurred on a bit of friendly competition!

It was 3.1 miles of fun, camaraderie and team building on a beautiful night in downtown Orlando!

Audubon Park Elementary

Brookshire Elementary

Lakemont Elementary

Lakemont Elementary runners

Winter Park Health Foundation


Find more pictures on our Facebook page

$25,000 in Mini-grants Available

Health Innovation Grant Workshop – Wednesday, May 11 from 7:30-10:30 a.m.

CLICK HERE to view video from last year’s Grants Workshop.

Join Healthy Central Florida and hear two rock stars of health – Jeff Speck, nationally-known walkability expert and author of The Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time, and Dr. Brian Wansink, world-renowned eating behavior expert for over 25 years.  Dr. Wansink is a professor at Cornell University, and formerly was appointed by the White House appointed to lead the US Dietary Guidelines (MyPlate). Both speakers will bring cutting edge strategies for creating healthier environments to our communities.  Don’t miss out!

Attend this free workshop and your organization could be eligible to receive one of the mini-grants totaling $25,000.

Register here – seating is limited.

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (program starts promptly at 8:05 a.m.)
Where: Bush Auditorium at Rollins College ▪ 1000 Holt Ave. ▪ Winter Park, FL 32789

The workshop is free and open to anyone in Central Florida.  Grant applicant projects must primarily serve the residents of Eatonville, Maitland and Winter Park and applicants must attend the workshop to be eligible to apply. All grant applications must target one of these Healthy Central Florida focus areas: Get active or Eat healthy. Individuals are welcome to attend but grants will be made only to recognized 501(c)(3) organizations for implementation. Collaborations are encouraged. A light breakfast will be provided. Sign up early to ensure your place – seating is limited.

Questions? Please email or call 407-644-2300 ext. 241.

Sign Up for Spring Walk90 Challenge

Walk for Fun, Health and Prizes! Sign up for Spring Walk90 Challenge

Walk90-Challenge-collageIn the spirit of good health and friendly competition, Healthy Central Florida created theWalk90 Challenge.  This fun, free, very easy-to-use online platform allows people to count and track steps.  Participants can also take a “virtual journey” through the U.S. National Parks, which celebrates 100 years this summer.

The Spring Walk90 challenge begins on March 1, 2016.  Each school can sign up as a “team”.  The school with the most active participants on its team for the 90 days will win $500!  This is a great opportunity for PTO/PTA fundraiser.  Just get people to log on, get active and have fun.  The school with the most walkers wins!

Simply click here to register and post steps at least once a week to be eligible for great weekly prizes – and for the grand SCHOOL PRIZE of $500 for the most active walkers on their school team.

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Seelinger at

Note: Adults only at this time – we are considering a Kid’s Walk90 for the future.

Fast Start 11 is a Success

Fast Start 11 took place on January 30, 2016.  The smiles on the children’s faces, the parents cheers, and the teachers feedback, indicate another Fast Start success!  Scroll down for more information on Fast Start.

Enjoy a few pictures from the event…

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The Fast Start Track and Field Invitational is a day-long event aimed at providing the children of our community with a unique opportunity to participate in the great sport of track and field.

Participating Schools
The participating schools are the public schools which comprise the Winter Park Consortium of Schools (as established by the Winter Park Health Foundation). Those schools include: Aloma, Audubon Park, Brookshire, Cheney, Dommerich, Hungerford, Lakemont, and Lake Sybelia elementary schools.

Scheduled Events

The running events include the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4×100 relay, and 4×400 relay. The field events include the shot put and long jump. Each participating school promotes the event within their school and identifies interested athletes to participate. The schools then slot their student athletes into the events and help prepare the athletes for their event prior to race day.

CDC Announcement: E-cigarettes and high-school students

Adapted from: CDC Announcement: E-cigarette ads reach nearly 7 in 10 middle and high-school students

E-cigarette ads reach nearly 7 in 10 middle and high-school students

Many ads use themes that appeal to youth

About 7 in 10 middle and high school students – more than 18 million young people – see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or on television and in movies, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements may be contributing to increases in e-cigarette use among youth.

E-cigarette ads use many of the same themes – independence, rebellion, and sex – used to sell cigarettes. Advertising of tobacco products has been shown to cause young people to start using those products.

  • In 2014, e-cigarettes became the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, surpassing conventional cigarettes.
  • During 2011 to 2014, current e-cigarette use among high school students soared from 1.5% to 13.4 %.
  • As shown in the graph below, spending on e-cigarette advertising rose from $6.4 million in 2011 to an estimated $115 million in 2014.


States, communities, and others could reduce youth access to e-cigarettes.

 E-cigarettes typically deliver nicotine, which at a young age may cause lasting harm to brain development, promote addiction, and lead to sustained tobacco use. Strategies to reduce youth access to e-cigarettes could include:

  • Limiting tobacco product sales to facilities that never admit youth
  • Restricting the number of stores that sell tobacco and how close they can be to schools
  • Requiring that e-cigarettes be sold only through face-to-face transactions, not on the Internet
  • Requiring age verification to enter e-cigarette vendor’s websites, make purchases, and accept deliveries of e-cigarettes

For more information on CDC’s youth tobacco prevention activities, please visit or contact Jen Greaser at

Teenagers Aren’t Getting Enough Exercise at School, or Anywhere

teenagers legsTeenagers can be a notoriously sedentary group. Now a new study showed that school may be a big part of the problem.

The study, which used GPS devices to track when and where teenagers were getting physical activity, found that, on average, they were physically active only 23 minutes a day while at school. Meager as that figure is, it made up over half the 39.4 minutes of physical activity the average teenager got every day.

To continue reading this article, visit The New York Times