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Get Outdoors

Enjoy the crisp, cool air by getting outdoors! Start a new family tradition by going on a family walk before or after dinner.

Get the Family Outside

Fall is a great time to take the kids on a leaf exploration walk. Encourage them to point out all the colors and shapes they see!

Go for a Family Walk

Enjoy the summer evenings – take a walk as a family after dinner. It’s a great way to be active together!

Fifth Annual Milk Run 5K

UF/IFAS Extension Orange County will host its fifth annual Milk Run 5K as part of the Healthy Living Expo on Saturday March 24, 2018. The race will begin at 9:00am at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County.

The run will be held on the former T.G. Lee Dairy property and presents one of the few off-road running opportunities in the Orlando metropolitan area. Throughout the run, participants can enjoy a journey through a working cattle operation ranch with lots of wildlife in the city limits.

All proceeds will benefit Extension programs. Registration is $25 through March 16th. Groups of five or more will receive a discount. Late registrations after March 17th and the day of the run will be available. Prizes will be awarded by age division and refreshments will be provided by the sponsors to all participants.

This is an event that supports healthy living with something for everybody and is perfect for a family activity. For more information and registration, go to: http://milkrun.org or call 407-254-9222 for paper registration.

HOPE Walk This Saturday – Sign Up Now

The HOPE Walk honors the legacy of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Tori Sheahan–a consummate caretaker and champion for the health of local youth–and others who share in her journey. You can also Honor your loved one(s) at the Walk!

Walk Details

  • Open to the Public
  • Location: Harbor Park in Baldwin Park
  • Date: January 27, 2018
  • Time: Check-in begins at 8:00 AM, Walk begins at 9:00 AM
  • Performances: WPHS Cheerleaders, GMS A Cappella Group & MMS Band
  • OutDoor Prize Drawings: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lululemon and More!
  • Goody Bags: In partnership with The Coop/4 Rivers Smokehouse
  • Walk included in Sponsorships: Stainless Steel Water Bottle Canteen & More

Sign Up to Walk, Sponsor or Donate: www.FoundationforOCPS.org/HopeWalk

Packet Pickup: Friday, January 26 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Students can earn community service hours by participating in the Walk AND/OR implementing individual community service projects at the Walk. Please check with your child’s School Counselor or IB Coordinator for more information.

Sign up to help here: Hope Walk Volunteer Sign Up

The HOPE Walk for Health focuses on promoting a healthy mind and body, by walking, for conflict resolution, problem solving and exercise. Proceeds from the HOPE Walk for Health will be used to continue to provide: Medical supplies and health education resources in school-based health centers and Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) programs in the Winter Park Consortium of Schools (Winter Park High and all elementary and middle feeder schools), along with support for American Cancer Society Hope Lodges.

Walk the HOPE Walk. Then, see your kids run the Fast Start talk.  If your child(ren) is participating in the Fast Start Track and Field Invitational, there is time for to walk in the HOPE Walk then make your way to Fast Start.  Make it a day of family fun and activity!

Attend Healthy Central Florida’s Health Innovation Grants Workshop

Join Healthy Central Florida for a workshop focused on helping our community achieve greater health for all. Learn how your organization can apply for mini-grants totaling $25,000.

Grants will target two of Healthy Central Florida’s key focus areas:

Get Active – Walk, Bike, Move!

Eat Healthy – Increase healthy food access

Keynote Speakers:

International leader, Gil Penalosa, founder of 8-80 Cities and a pioneer in designing healthier communities will share strategies to improve health by increasing opportunities to walk, bike and connect to nature, public places and neighbors.

You’ll also hear from local food hero, John Rife, who will highlight innovative programs and projects that are making access to locally grown, healthy foods more available and sustainable.

CLICK HERE to register and learn more.

Date and Time

Wed, November 1, 2017
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

Location

Bush Auditorium
599 South Interlachen Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

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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.

MOVE60 CHALLENGE kicks off Oct. 1

Back by popular demand!  Healthy Central Florida’s Move60 Fall Challenge kicks off Saturday, Oct. 1st!  It’s FREE and you can participate as an individual or recruit a team (work, school, faith community, friends).  Get a super-soft t-shirt, great weekly prizes, team rewards and some new surprises are in store for all.

Walk, run, bike, dance, do Yoga – just be part of the MOVEment to make our community the healthiest in the nation.

BONUS! School Fundraiser – The Winter Park Consortium public school with the most participants signed up and actively posting and logging steps will win $400 for their organization. PTO/PTA – no selling chocolate, gift-wrapping or any selling. Just get people moving and make money for your school.

CLICK HERE to register and learn more.

Join Healthy Central Florida’s Move60 Challenge

March 1st – April 29th

Get Moving, Have Fun and Win Prizes!

Be part of the MOVEment! Walk. Bike. Swim. Dance. Garden. Do yoga… Just get moving for 60 days!

And when you do, you’re entered to win great weekly prizes like mini-memberships to RDV Sportsplex, Fitbits, restaurant and movie gift certificates and more!

It’s Free, Fun and Easy. Register as an Individual or recruit a team of friends, co-workers, school/PTO parents or your faith community.

Free T-shirt and Timex Pedometer – Every registered participant will receive a super soft, free T-shirt and Timex pedometer while supplies last. And, everyone who participates is eligible for great weekly prize drawings. Win great health, more fun and great prizes – simply for being active.

SCHOOL CHALLENGE: The Winter Park Consortium public school with most registered participants that are actively weekly posting and logging steps and time amounts can WIN $400 for their organization.

Join together as we become the healthiest community in the nation and Get Moving!

Special thanks to Healthy Central Florida Move60 sponsors – Florida Blue, Winter Park Health Foundation, Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.

Register online at https://hcf.walkertracker.com/

Healthy Central Florida Announces Winners of 2nd Annual 2016 Walk ‘n’ Roll Poster Contest

Healthy Central Florida hosted the 2nd annual poster contest among elementary and middle school students to promote and encourage safe walking and biking to school.  Dozens of outstanding entries poured in from 10 Winter Park Consortium elementary and middle schools.

With cash prizes at stake and the opportunity to have their artwork showcased at the Winter Park and Maitland Public Libraries, students created clever slogans and colorful depictions of crosswalks, roadways and sidewalks.

An active commute (walking, biking, skating or scootering) is a healthy commute. Safety is a top priority too. Using WalkSafe, a curriculum developed by the University of Miami, students learn how to walk safely to school, the bus stop, a friend’s house, the library and throughout the community.

Congratulations to all! This year’s winners include:

Elementary School Grade Level Winners

1st Place (K-1) – Paige Russell, Dommerich Elementary

1st Place (2-3) – Annalisa Ho, Lake Sybelia Elementary

1st Place (4-5) – Reyna Carrasco & Chloe Walker, Brookshire Elementary

Reyna Carassco, Brookshire Elementary

Middle School Winners

1st Place – Madeline Meyer, Glenridge Middle

2nd Place – Angela Cayujan, Glenridge Middle

3rd Place – Lily Dechen, Glenridge Middle

3rd Place – Evelyn Harris, Maitland Middle

3rd Place – Devin Newton, Maitland Middle

Angela Cayujan, Glenridge Middle

3rd Place – Evelyn Harris, Maitland Middle

YOUR help is needed, too. Please remember:

  1. SLOW DOWN in school zones.
  2. Watch out for children and parents walking/riding to school.
  3. YIELD to pedestrians in crosswalks (anywhere, not just in school zones).
  4. Don’t ever text while driving. Lives are at stake