Track at Showalter Stadium Opening for Recreational Use

The Bob Mosher Track at Showalter Stadium will officially open for recreational use Monday, June 19. Those interested in monthly or annual memberships may sign up at the Winter Park Community Center located at 721 W. New England Ave. Monthly membership fee is $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Annual membership fee is $150 for residents and $225 for non-residents. Trainer/instructor rates are also available at $50 per month or $500 annually.

Track hours during the months of June and July are as follows:
Monday-Friday     7:30 a.m. to noon & 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday               7:30 a.m. to noon
Sunday                 2 to 7 p.m.
(Times are subject to change based on rentals, events and holidays.)

Showalter Field, owned and maintained by the City of Winter Park, features a new rubberized track. The facility was renovated in 2016 with improvements including this new running track, multi-sport artificial playing surface, improved restrooms, and state-of-the-art digital video scoreboard. These improvements were made possible by funding partners including the City of Winter Park, Rollins College, Winter Park High School Foundation, and Orange County Public Schools (OCPS). The city leases the field to tenants including OCPS.

For track memberships or more information regarding Showalter Field, please contact the city’s Parks & Recreation Department at or 407-599-3397

National School Nurse Day – May 11, 2016

Healthy Children Learn BetterIf you think school nursing is all about flu shots, Band-Aids, and record-keeping, you haven’t been inside a school lately.

School health professionals juggle a complex array of medical and social issues, seeing thousands of students.

Five Ways a School Nurse Benefits the School

A typical schedule can encompass immunizations, health care screenings, hearing and vision testing; dealing with home accidents, diseases such as diabetes and asthma, student obesity, special needs like tube-feeding, preventing the spread of disease through blood exposure; and the fallout from mental, emotional, and social problems, including arranging for disadvantaged students to receive breakfast and clothing, and even helping students cope who are homeless or whose parents are incarcerated.

For some students, the school nurse is the only health care professional they ever see.

Nor is their work confined to the nurse’s office—they must also interact with other professionals such as teachers, doctors, child study teams, administrators, school counselors, coaches, parents, police officers, drug and substance abuse professionals, social workers, and other Education Support Professionals.

School Nursing Initiative

The School Nursing Initiative is a unique, collaborative effort of the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) and Orange County Public Schools. Its goal is to boost student health and attendance by staffing schools in the Winter Park Consortium of Schools with professionally licensed nurses.

These nurses provide a variety of services and are able to handle emergencies and treat illnesses so that children can return to class as quickly as possible, ready to learn and make the most of the school day.

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Financial support from WPHF allows schools in the Consortium—Winter Park High and its elementary and middle feeder schools—to hire either Licensed Practical Nurses who have one year of education, or Registered Nurses, who have two to four years of education. All nurses must take continuing medical education classes to keep their licenses current. School nurses provide health screening, prevention and health maintenance services, as well as emergency care.

In addition, when the need exists, nurses can refer students to the Consortium’s Nurse Practitioners based at Glenridge Middle School and Winter Park High School. They have master’s degrees and are able to offer more advanced care.  They are available to see children residing in Winter Park Consortium attendance zones.  They provide an important service to students whose families don’t have adequate health care coverage or access to a health care provider for their children.  Funded by WPHF, the Nurse Practitioners can assess, diagnose and prescribe medications and therapies for patients. Appointments are required.

Lake Sybelia Elementary’s Walking School Bus Participates in Winter Park Christmas Parade

Lake Sybelia Elementary’s Walking School Bus joined Healthy Central Florida in Winter Park’s 63rd Annual Olde Hometown Christmas Parade!  There was a huge crowd and the Holiday spirit was in the air! What a great way to start the Holiday Season!

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Lake Sybelia Elementary's Walking School Bus Participates in Winter Park Christmas Parade

Lake Sybelia Elementary’s Walking School Bus joined Healthy Central Florida in Winter Park’s 63rd Annual Olde Hometown Christmas Parade!  There was a huge crowd and the Holiday spirit was in the air! What a great way to start the Holiday Season!

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Join the 2015 Sole Challenge

sole challengeThe 2015 Sole Challenge is just days away, but you still have time to sign up to walk and help your child’s school win funds for healthy activities and programs.

Created by Healthy Central Florida (HCF), the event is a free and friendly competition to see which community organization in Winter Park, Maitland or Eatonville can generate the most participants for the walking event.

The event is on Saturday, October 24, at Quinn Strong Park, 345 South Maitland Ave., Maitland, 32751. Sign-in and activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and the official Sole Challenge walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.

For more information and to register, click here.

CASH PRIZES for the MOST participants – $1,000, $500 & $250 in EACH category
Faith-Based Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations

Individuals and businesses can win prizes too – Fitbit Flexes, a one-year membership to RDV Sportsplex and more!

Once again, this year’s Sole Challenge will feature Bo Outlaw, of the Orlando Magic, music, as well as free t-shirts and pedometers for the first 600 walkers. There also will be kid’s activities, face-painting, giant climbing wall, inflatables, blender bike, and a healthy breakfast for all.

It’s all totally free! So now is the time to round up PTA/PTO members, sports teams and any other school group you can think of to participate in the Mayors’ Sole Challenge. See you there!

Versatile Black Bean Spread

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Summer Fun For Brains And Bodies

Kids PlayingThose lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer—which officially begin June 5, the last day of school—can be costly to the brain. Educators say students can lose up to two months of reading and math skills during summer months, forcing teachers to spend multiple weeks when school resumes bringing student brains up to speed.

But there is much parents can do to help avoid a summer slide. Here are some suggestions to keep brains and bodies fired up this summer—what is good
 for one is good for the other. The list includes ideas supplied by Winter Park Consortium Healthy School Team Leaders.

  • Check out Find Active Fun at, your source for hundreds of ideas for free and low-cost active fun for the family.
It is supported by Healthy Central Florida, a community initiative aimed at making local residents the healthiest in the nation.
  • Start summer with a family bucket list of activities members want to do and places to visit.
  • Have kids sign up for swim lessons or a summer swim team. Both exercise the mind and body. Or encourage them to learn to play tennis—or any sport they haven’t tried before. The brain loves new challenges.
  • Sign kids up for music lessons—great for building the brain and attention span.
  • Use sidewalk chalk to write letters on the ground and have children hop from letter to letter spelling words. (Movement helps retention of knowledge)
  • Check out the many fun activities at the YMCA of Central Florida.
  • Protect precious brains by making sure kids always remember to use a bicycle helmet and making sure it fits properly. (That includes parents too.) Also, teach them to never dive into water unless they know how deep it might be.
  • Read, have your children read, read along with them and read to them, or even better, help them create a summer book club with friends. To learn how to get started, go to the PBS Parents website:, then click on “education” and then “reading and language”
  • Visit local and state parks as a family and keep a log of where you go. Wear a pedometer and keep track of steps as well.
  • Get some exercise— and some healthy fruits and vegetables—by visiting one of the many farmers markets in Central Florida. To find out where they are located click here.
  • Go canoeing or kayaking together and see who can spot the most Florida critters.
  • Encourage kids to try out a new hobby. One idea—the Winter
Park Public Library has a “Knotty Knitters” club for all ages and skill levels.
  • And lastly, but just as important as all of the other tips, have fun together!

Chilled Lemon Asparagus with Pecans

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Easter Egg Hunt in Winter Park

Easter egg huntCome down to Central Park’s West Meadow for the 59th annual Easter Egg Hunt in Winter Park.  Presented by the City of Winter Park, the Easter Egg Hunt is a fun-filled free event that provides as much excitement and laughs for adults as it does for youngsters. Children up to 10 years of age can begin lining up at 9:30 a.m. The hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Children with special needs are also encouraged to join in the fun. Over 10,000 eggs will be placed throughout Central Park. As always, children who come up empty handed will still be able to enjoy special treats at the designated candy area.  For more information on the Easter Egg Hunt click here.

Family Mealtime Tips


Family dinners are a time to strengthen family ties and keep track of what is happening in your child’s life.  They can also lead to better physical and mental health for children.  According to a Harvard study, families that eat dinner together most days were associated with healthier eating.  Additionally, children who often eat with their family tend to do better in school.  Cooking and serving meals at home allows more control over the quality and quantity of your family’s food choices.  Kids tend to mimic their parents attitudes about food; therefore, when you show your children that healthy eating is important they will follow your lead.

Your CHILL counselors, the mental health professionals based in each Winter Park Consortium School (Winter Park High and the elementary and middle feeder schools) have given a few tips for making the most of family meal times.

  1. Encourage your kids to help make the food.  Keep it easy and simple, yet nutritious.
  2. Have your children set the table and help clean the dishes.
  3. Family meals should be a time for conversations, swapping ideas, feelings and learning about your children’s day.
  4. Have each person in the family share one experience about his or her day or one thing that they liked about his or her day.
  5. Turn off the TV, radio or other electronics and enjoy family time.
  6. Encourage everyone to eat slowly.  You will enjoy each other longer and you will be able to easily tell if you are full so you don’t over eat.
  7. Meal time provides a great opportunity to reinforce family ties and pass on family traditions.
  8. Make dinner time about enjoying each other and learning about each other, not about discipline or discussing problems with school or work.  Keep the tone of the conversation light and save the big stuff for family meetings or individual talks.