Tallahassee, Fla.—March is National Nutrition Month® and the Florida Department of Health’s Healthiest Weight initiative encourages Floridians to make informed food choices.
February 18, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla.—In its first year, the Healthy Promise Florida campaign saw thousands of Florida residents take steps toward living a healthier life. Healthy Promise Florida is a campaign sponsored by the Florida Department of Health to encourage residents in Florida to make more informed choices about healthy eating and active living during the year
January 28, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health is recognizing 80 communities as 2016 Healthy Weight Community Champions for their model practices which affect more than 41 percent of Floridians. This year’s Champions are working to reshape environments in their communities through a variety of evidence-based policies that increase physical activity and improve nutrition.
Tallahassee, Fla. — January 18–22 is Healthy Weight Week and the Florida Department of Health’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative encourages adults and children to take action by adopting healthy, lasting habits. Created over two decades ago, Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy (diet-free) habits that last a lifetime and prevent poor nutrition and weight problems. It’s all about pursuing realistic and sustainable healthy lifestyles through eating well and exercising.
December 28, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—For 2016, the Florida Department of Health is encouraging New Year’s resolutions that will last year-round. To assist, the department has created the “60 Days to Better Health Challenge” downloadable tool.
December 14, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—It’s the holiday season and State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong wants to share a special video message of health and wellness with Florida residents and visitors. The department encourages everyone to incorporate simple, healthy choices into holiday traditions this year. It’s not too early to make New Year’s resolutions a part of your holiday routine.
November 24, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Florida State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong has released a special Thanksgiving video message. This Thanksgiving holiday, the Florida Department of Health is also offering Floridians tips for healthier holiday celebrations.
November 13, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—November is American Diabetes Month and the Florida Department of Health is working with the American Diabetes Association of Florida to prevent diabetes by providing more than $131,000 in grant funding to 14 organizations for Diabetes Prevention Programs.
November 12, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Starting Nov. 16, the Florida Department of Health is partnering with North Carolina State University to offer the “Maintain, Don’t Gain!” holiday challenge for the second year. This free seven-week challenge provides participants with tips, tricks and ideas to help maintain their weight throughout the holiday season.
November 06, 2015
Kissimmee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are pleased to announce the winners of the “Healthy, Fast, ‘Fresh From Florida’ Challenge.” Louis Robinson, Sherri Williams and Rochelle Vincent competed live at the World Food Championship in Kissimmee, FL and were awarded first, second and third place, respectively.
October 29, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are partnering to offer the “Healthy, Fast, ‘Fresh From Florida’ Challenge” as part of the World Food Championship in Kissimmee, Florida.
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are partnering to offer the “Healthy, Fast, ‘Fresh from Florida’ Challenge,” part of the World Food Championship. The competition is open to Florida residents. Three finalists will be invited to cook their healthy recipes live at the World Food Championship on Friday, Nov. 6, in Kissimmee for a chance to win $2,500.
October 02, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla. —The Florida Department of Health is accepting submissions for the third annual Healthy Weight Community Champion Recognition Program. Last year, 65 cities and counties were recognized by the Florida Department of Health for their efforts to increase physical activity and improve nutrition as part of the Healthiest Weight Florida Initiative.
Tallahassee, Fla.—In celebration of Sept. 29 being World Heart Day, the Florida Department of Health is promoting heart health by hosting Hands-Only™ CPR trainings in every county statewide. The theme for 2015 is creating heart healthy environments.
September 24, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance hosted the Second Annual Boards and Councils Healthiest Weight Liaison meeting on Sept. 23 in Tallahassee. Representatives from all 22 health care boards participated in the meeting, which focused on the role of health care practitioners within the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative.
September 18, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Registration is now open for the Florida Department of Health’s World Heart Day events being held statewide. World Heart Day will become an annual event in Florida to remind everyone that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death.
September 17, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—This September, Healthiest Weight Florida is bringing back Fall into Healthy Habits, a campaign aimed at making healthy choices the easy choices during the fall season.
September 03, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month. The Florida Department of Health encourages kids to eat smarter and move more. A healthy diet combined with physical activity can help Floridians of all ages achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1–7, 2015. This year’s theme—Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!—highlights the benefits for mothers and babies reaching consistent breastfeeding goals. Women who breastfeed in any work setting should be provided with time, space and support to succeed.
July 29, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health has created a resource to help Floridians eat smarter and move more, even on vacation. Through the Ticket to Health project, the department’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative is highlighting healthy choices in theme parks and zoos throughout the state on their website and with a downloadable brochure.
TALLAHASSEE—Florida Department of Health's Healthiest Weight Florida Initiative is supporting hospitals that are taking steps to enhance maternity care practices in support of breastfeeding statewide. This project promotes hospital recognition through the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and the Florida Breastfeeding Coalition's Quest for Quality Maternity Care Award.
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health is getting creative in an effort to help Floridians reach their healthy weight goals. By making small changes to your daily routine you increase your odds of achieving success, and the department wants to be part of that plan. Healthiest Weight Florida is launching Small Steps to Living Healthy, a weekly email campaign with healthy tips and resources, to help you achieve a healthier you.
TALLAHASSEE—Today, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong is speaking out about a recent decision by Mars, Incorporated. The company, most famous for making M&Ms, snickers and skittles, has recently come out in support of the World Health Organization and USDA's recommendation for people to limit their sugar intake to less than 10 percent of their daily calories. They are also in support of the FDA's 2014 proposal for food manufacturers to update nutrition labels to include added sugars.
TALLAHASSEE—In recognition of Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians to engage in routine physical activity as way to promote healthy weight. Through the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative, the department is committed to energizing local communities so children, adults and families make more informed choices about physical activity.
April 23, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—This week (April 18–26), the Florida Department of Health encourages all Floridians to get outdoors for National Park Week. Sponsored by the National Park Foundation and the National Parks System, this week is dedicated to exploring amazing places, enjoying affordable adventures, discovering open spaces and taking advantage of Florida's natural beauty.
April 22, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—During Every Kid Healthy Week, the Florida Department of Health is celebrating health and wellness achievements of schools and child care facilities statewide. Beginning last October, the department partnered with Nemours Children's Health System on a particularly successful project, The Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) in the Big Bend. This collaborative effort promotes healthy weight interventions for early care education (ECE) programs in Madison, Taylor and Jefferson Counties.
April 22, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—April 22 marks the 45th celebration of Earth Day and today the Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians to consider how the health of our planet affects their overall health. Of all the factors that influence Floridians' health, the condition of our planet is among the most important.
April 17, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—April is National Stress Awareness Month and the Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians to learn more about the physical and mental health benefits of stress reduction and taking steps to better manage stress.
April 07, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—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. This USDA grant program is funded at $100 million over five years. In Florida, the grant will benefit over 18,000 under privileged Floridians and will increase farmer revenue by $2.1 million.
April 06, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—April 6–12 is National Public Health Week 2015. Florida's public health community is rallying around the national goal of showing the world how individuals, families and communities are committed to making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation—by 2030.
April 01, 2015
April 1 is National Walking Day and the Florida Department of Health is encouraging all Floridians to consider making walking a regular part of their exercise routine.
March 27, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—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.
TALLAHASSEE—March is National Kidney Month and the Florida Department of Health is raising awareness about kidney health by encouraging Floridians to learn about their risk and ways to reduce it. According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in three American adults are at risk for kidney disease.
March 13, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—Today, the Florida Department of Health, in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, launched the Healthy Campfire Cooking Program. This program expands campfire cooking classes currently offered in Florida's state parks and trails to include healthy food options.
March 11, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—Today, the Florida Department of Health announced the update of its County-Level Healthiest Weight Snapshots. Florida has a robust data collection system and it is one of the only states in the country with a methodology in place to collect and report county level data in this format.
February 10, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—2015 is the year to get healthy in Florida. This year, 65 local governments have already been recognized by the Florida Department of Health as Healthy Weight Community Champions—meaning they have implemented evidence-based policies that lead to residents increasing physical activity and improving nutrition. 60 of the designated local governments also submitted a proclamation signed by elected area officials. These resolutions demonstrate a community commitment to the Healthiest Weight Florida campaign and a dedication of local resources to implement healthier policies.
January 12, 2015
Healthy Promise Florida is an interactive campaign of Healthiest Weight Florida promoting commitments to healthy choices during 2015. You're invited to make your promise at www.HealthyPromiseFL.com.
January 05, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health is recognizing 65 communities as the 2015 Healthy Weight Community Champions. Florida’s county and municipal governments play an important role in increasing the prevalence of healthy weight in their jurisdictions. Local governments can implement a variety of evidence-based policies that increase physical activity and improve nutrition. Between August and December 2014, local governments were invited to submit best practice policies they have implemented in their jurisdictions over the year. A list of the 2015 Champion Communities and best practices can be found online at: HealthiestWeightFlorida.com/recognition.
December 08, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health recognizes the Senior Games which are held in Lee County and feature multi-sport events with over 2,000 competitors. Through 24 events, the Senior Games encourages a physically active lifestyle in combination with healthy food and beverage choices. State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong was on hand to support the Senior Games this year, which marks the 23rd year for the games.
This season, Healthiest Weight Florida encourages Floridians to challenge themselves to maintain their current weight with the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge. This web-based challenge runs from November 17 through December 31. Join the Maintain, Don't Gain Holiday Challenge
TALLAHASSEE—Today the Florida Department of Health announced the Eat Smart Move More Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge. This free seven week program is offered in partnership with North Carolina State University and the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative and provides participants with tips, tricks and ideas for maintaining a healthy weight during the holiday season.
TALLAHASSEE—October 24, 2014 is Food Day, and the Florida Department of Health is celebrating by encouraging all Florida residents and visitors to make positive changes toward healthy eating and active living. Food Day events are being held statewide, championed by local county health departments and community partners, to support Floridians in attaining and maintaining a healthy weight.
September 29, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health today announced the Fall into Healthy Habits campaign, which is an initiative of Healthiest Weight Florida designed to promote healthy choices during the fall season. Fall is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Being outside encourages active lifestyles by decreasing time spent in front of a television or computer screen. Remaining physically active outside also has mental health benefits such as stress reduction.
September 03, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health, in collaboration with the Florida Medical Association (FMA), has produced a complimentary, two-credit Continuing Medical Education (CME) course, Healthiest Weight: A Life Course Approach. This CME course is available free of charge to all physicians who are licensed in the state of Florida and underscores the importance of clinicians providing guidance about healthy living to patients and families during all stages of life.
August 21, 2014
Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions a new mom makes is how to feed her child. When you choose to breastfeed, you make an investment in your baby’s future by giving a healthy start that will last a lifetime. August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Healthiest Weight Florida, in collaboration with Women Infants and Children (WIC), Healthy Start, the Florida Child Care Food Program and the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, is announcing its own August Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign.
August 06, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health today announced the launch of the 2015 Healthy Weight Community Champion Recognition Program. The Department invites local governments across the state to participate. The program highlights local government efforts to increase physical activity and improve nutrition as part of the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative, a public-private collaboration to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living. This is the second year of the Recognition Program. In 2014, 38 communities from all over the state were recognized for their model practices which affect 9.4 million Floridians.
TALLAHASSEE—Governor Rick Scott recognized May as Physical Fitness and Sports Month by issuing a proclamation which encourages all Floridians to make physical activity and fitness a priority in their daily lives. The proclamation is available here. The occasion also highlights collaboration between the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Sports Foundation to increase activity among Florida’s seniors.
May 19, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Dr. John Armstrong, joined Bob Cabana, Director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center today to recognize National Employee Health and Fitness Month and help kick off the NASA Moves! Challenge. The initiative runs from May 18 to May 31 and encourages NASA employees to accomplish at least 20 minutes of physical activity every day. NASA Moves! highlights the type of worksite wellness program that the Department’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative encourages among employers statewide.
May 15, 2014
State Surgeon General to Help Launch Nasa Moves! At Kennedy Space Center
April 10, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health, Department of Environmental Protection and Get Outdoors Florida! today announced the launch of the Nature Play “Prescription” Pilot Project. The goal of the project is to increase healthy activity for children and their families through access to Florida’s remarkable state parks. The “prescription” will grant a onetime, free entry into a state park for a child and their family or friends.
March 27, 2014
p>TALLAHASSEE—Governor Rick Scott has issued a proclamation recognizing the significance of National Nutrition Month. The Florida Department of Health recognizes March as National Nutrition Month and encourages all Floridians to consider ways to include healthy eating into their lives, helping Florida to become the healthiest state in the nation. Governor Scott’s proclamation can be viewed here.
March 14, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health today recognized 37 communities as Healthy Weight Community Champions. Between November 2013 and February 2014, local governments were invited to submit best practice policies they have implemented to promote physical activity and improve nutrition in their jurisdictions. These “best practice” policies are exemplified by the Healthy Weight Community Champions. A list of the Champion Communities and best practices can be found below and online at: www.HealthiestWeightFL.com.
March 07, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health today recognized the start of the Capitol’s “Biggest Loser” competition. This annual event, hosted by Senate Health Policy Committee Chair Aaron Bean and House Health and Human Services Committee Chair Richard Corcoran, encourages healthy weight through the legislative session and is open to all members of the legislature, Capitol staff and agency employees.
February 28, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Education today announced improvement in healthy behaviors for Florida’s high school youth. Recent statistics from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicate significant progress in three health behaviors that contribute to a healthier weight for Florida’s students.
January 14, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health today announced the rollout of a new resource providing the first comprehensive profile regarding healthiest weight for each Florida county. The County-Level Healthiest Weight Snapshots tool is a part of the Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set (CHARTS) and features information designed to assist families, health care professionals, policy makers and whole communities to help Floridians achieve a healthy weight.
December 26, 2013
Between work, school and extra activities, days go by quickly for many Florida families. Stop a moment and think, “When was the last time the whole family sat down and ate a healthy meal together?” If you can’t remember, you’re not alone. Just one quarter of today’s families have regular dinners together. You can help change that statistic by making family meals a priority in your daily lives.
December 18, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health announces the launch of the State Surgeon General’s Worksite Wellness Recognition Program. The program recognizes more than 400 organizations that have achieved a third party award or recognition for workplace wellness during the 2013 calendar year. These organizations will receive a letter and certificate from the Department to acknowledge and thank them for the steps they have taken to make Florida the healthiest state in the nation.
November 01, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health today announced the launch of the Healthy Weight Community Champion Recognition Program and invited local governments across the state to participate. The program highlights local government efforts to increase physical activity and improve nutrition and is a part of Healthiest Weight Florida, a public-private collaboration to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.
September 05, 2013
Summer break is over and kids are back in school. As you encourage your children to achieve academically this year, encourage them to also pursue regular physical activity. Staying active is essential to healthy brain function, development and academic performance. Activity is proven to strengthen bones and muscles, lower the risk of developing chronic disease and improve cardiovascular health. It also helps to reduce stress, increase feelings of well-being and self-confidence.
August 21, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—Healthiest Weight Florida was launched in January 2013 by the Florida Department of Health in response to Florida’s number one threat to public health—the challenge of weight. The initiative is gaining momentum and Florida now has the 12th healthiest weight in the nation, up from a previous rank of 19th.
January 17, 2013
This time of year, the numbers we see on the scale prompt a million-dollar question: What’s the healthiest weight for me? Truth is, there is no magic number that works across the board for everyone. Determining, attaining, and maintaining your healthy weight is as individualized as your genetic makeup—really. Health care professionals often use the following three tools to measure the health of a person’s weight.