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What’s new for Healthiest Weight Florida?

Global Employee Health & Fitness Month
This May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, and Healthiest Weight Florida is encouraging all employees and employers throughout Florida to take part. Download our Employee Wellness Brochure to find ways to get started!

Easier Access To Fruits and Vegetables To Those In Need
More children, adults and families will soon have greater access to Florida grown fruits and vegetables. The Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (FOG) has been named a recipient of a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant. Learn more about how this program will serve low-income Floridians.

Florida Department of Health Celebrates National Walking Day
For National Walking Day and the Florida Department of Health encouraged all Floridians to consider making walking a regular part of their exercise routine. Walking is a low-risk, easy-to-start exercise that can combat obesity, reduce risk of disease and improve overall health.

Florida Preschoolers Make Gains Toward Healthier Weights
The Florida Department of Health and Healthiest Weight Florida join the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Department of Education in celebrating a 7.1 percent decline in obesity rates among preschool children from disadvantaged families.

Every Kid Healthy™ Week
Healthy kids are better learners! Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Observed during the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning–because healthy kids learn better!

Healthy Campfire Cooking Program
Taught by Florida Park Rangers, the Healthy Campfire Cooking Program is designed to create opportunities for park visitors to try healthier camping foods while learning new recreational skills.

What is Healthiest Weight Florida?

The number one public health threat to Florida's future is unhealthy weight.

Currently, only 36 percent of Floridians are at healthy weight. On our current trend, by 2030, almost 60 percent will be obese. Additionally, six out of ten children born today will be obese by the time they graduate high school.

Over the next 20 years in Florida, obesity is expected to contribute to millions of cases of preventable chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, costing an estimated $34 billion. To address this important public health issue, the Department of Health launched the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative in January 2013.

Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.

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The initiative works closely with partners to leverage existing resources to maximize reach and impact. These partners include the business community, hospitals, non-governmental organizations, non-profit agencies, other federal, state, or local government agencies, and volunteer coalitions. The overall goal is to bend the weight curve by 5% by 2017.

Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Florida's children and adults make choices about healthy eating and active living.