Healthy Eating Active Communities
Since 2008, Health Foundation included Healthy Eating Active Communities as a Priority Area. We recognize the importance of good nutrition and physical activity in addressing the obesity epidemic. And, we know that access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity support healthy behaviors in places where people live, work, and play. The Foundation envisions a healthy community as one with a safe route for kids to walk or bicycle to school; a neighborhood grocery store stocked with fresh produce; and parks, playgrounds, and workplaces that promote wellness and physical activity. Many places in South Florida have made great strides toward becoming Healthy Eating Active Communities, but more work needs to be done using evidence-based programs and through policy changes.
Our goal is to build environments that promote nutrition and physical activity simultaneously at the individual, family, institutional/organizational, and community level. We will partner with nonprofit and community-based organizations to:
- Improve the nutritional content of food available in schools, child care centers, after-school programs and retail outlets, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Increase physical activity in the school, after-school and child care settings
- Implement policies for the built environment that enhance access to and availability of physical activity
Strategies and Focal Points
Over the next five years (2013-2018), Health Foundation of South Florida will work in the Healthy Eating Active Communities Priority Area by:
- Strengthening provider and community capacity, with a focus on:
Professional development and train-the-trainer programs to facilitate implementation and sustained provision of evidence-based nutrition and physical activity programs schools, child care centers, and after-school programs.
- Supporting the adoption of organizational, environmental, and systems changes, with a focus on:
Adopting organizational best practices for nutrition and physical activity in schools, child care centers, and after school programs.
Community-scale projects in built environments aimed increasing access to physical activity opportunities (e.g., park enhancements, transportation policies, complete streets)
Pilot programs aimed at improving food distribution systems and increasing access to healthy foods in underserved communities (e.g., corner store initiatives, establishment of food hubs)
Although we welcome grant proposals for projects that align with a strategy within the Healthy Eating Active Communities Priority Area, projects that address a focal point will take precedence over those that do not.
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