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Florida Partnership for Healthy Communities

In 2013, the Florida Alliance of YMCAs was awarded a grant from the YMCA of the USA for a 22-month project to address childhood obesity in Florida. Florida Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities (FL PHC) created a partnership of over 25 committed people from organizations throughout the state. Specifically, the FL PHC is a partnership of organizations and individuals working to ensure our children have increased access and opportunities for healthy eating and active living.

Our Vision

All Florida children have the opportunity to move more and eat smarter where they live, play and learn.

Our Mission

The mission of the FL Pioneering Healthier Communities Partnership is to strengthen relationships, leverage partnerships and resources and enhance collaboration to facilitate policy and environmental changes that will reduce the burden of childhood obesity in Florida.

  • Our Challenge

      In 2011, 6,212 students in 78 Florida public high schools participated in the Youth Risk Factor Survey. From this survey it is estimated that approximately 92,400 high school students (13.6%) are overweight. Trend data demonstrates that prevalence of overweight is higher among non-Hispanic blacks (17.2%) than non- Hispanic whites 911.8%). The same 2011 survey demonstrated that approximately 11.5% of the high school students surveyed were obese (78,200) with the prevalence being higher among males (15.2%) than females (7.7%) and higher among non-Hispanic blacks (15.7%) than Hispanics (11.4%) and non-Hispanic whites (9.6%).

  • Our Strengths

      Florida has a number of different partners that have elevated health and obesity among their organizations’ key priorities. There is tremendous coordination and collaboration as well as a history of working collegially together. There are vast opportunities for partnership in Florida; more of these will be assessed for participation on the FL Partnership.

  • Our Objectives
    1. Creating “family friendly” grocery aisles that promote healthy, fresh foods.
    2. Implementing healthy eating and active living opportunities for children during out of school time.
    3. Providing enhanced opportunities for physical activity in the community through joint use agreements with schools.
    4. Providing safe and accessible opportunities for physical activity through increasing complete streets and safe routes to schools.
    5. Continuing to collaborate with partners whose mission is similar and who want to advance healthy eating and active living in Florida, specifically addressing the childhood obesity problem.
    6. Providing enhanced instruction and support to teachers to assist in increasing physical activity in the classroom.
  • Our Partners
      Agency for Health Care Administration
      American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.
      American Heart Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate
      Community Advocate
      Duval County Health Department and Healthy Jacksonville
      Florida Action for Healthy Kids
      Florida Chapter, American Academy of Pediatricians
      Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
      Florida Department of Children and Families
      Florida Department of Education
      Florida Department of Environmental Protection
      Florida Department of Health

      Florida Department of Health in Volusia County
      Florida State Alliance of YMCAs
      Food Policy Network
      Marco Island YMCA
      Safe Routes to School National Partnership
      Sanford-Burnam Medical Research Center
      University of South Florida, College of Public Health Prevention
      Research Center
      Volusia-Flagler YMCA
      Winter Park Health Foundation
      YMCA of Broward County

  • Registration

      Communities working to reduce obesity can click on this registration form to be added to an email distribution system for information on funding opportunities, resources and other information.

The College of Public Health at the University of South Florida is the parent organization for the Florida Prevention Research Center and is
supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-005024-01.