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 promote nutrition and physical activity for individuals, for families, within institutions and organizations, in communities, and through state and local public policy. 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 local community capacity to implement and sustain nutrition and physical activity evidence-based programs, with a focus on:
Expanding train-the-trainer programs to be able to implement and sustain evidence-based programs in child care centers, schools, and after-school programs to increase program fidelity and sustainability
- Facilitating the adoption of organizational, environmental, and systems changes in child care centers, schools, and after-school programs, with a focus on:
Child care centers adopting and implementing 3-5 significant policies and practices that increase access to healthy foods or improve nutritional quality and increase opportunities to be physically active
Schools adopting and implementing 5-10 significant policies and practices that increase access to healthy foods or improve nutritional quality and increase opportunities to be physically active. Long-term is for school district level change
After-school programs adopting a minimum of 5 significant policies and practices that increase access to healthy foods or improve nutritional quality and increase opportunities to be physically active
- Supporting community-scale projects for the built environment aimed at increasing access to physical activity opportunities (e.g. park enhancements, complete streets)
Increasing the number of parks with outdoor exercise equipment
Increasing the number of local governments with complete streets policy
- Supporting pilot programs aimed at improving food distribution systems and increasing access to healthy foods in underserved communities
Supporting pilot programs to increase number of corner stores that implement product placement best practices or increase access to healthy foods in underserved communities
Supporting pilot programs that establish food hubs to increase access to healthy foods in the region
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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