Did you know, only 35% of adults in Florida are at a healthy weight and 6 out of 10 children born today will be obese by the time they graduate from high school? Florida’s county and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. Local governments can implement a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity levels and improve nutrition. Many jurisdictions have already made progress in these types of policy changes, therefore Dr. Armstrong established the Healthy Weight Community Champion Recognition Program to highlight communities for their important efforts. As Healthy Weight Community Champions, local governments will be able to share their progress and lessons learned while implementing best practice policies.
Florida’s 410 active municipalities (cities, towns and villages) and 67 counties are eligible to submit best practices. Please visit http://www.healthiestweightflorida.com/recognition.html to find out more information about this new FL-DOH initiative!
On Oct. 30th at the 16th Annual Best Practice Awards Ceremony, the Florida Green School Network was awarded the Sustainable Partnership Award in recognition for the Network’s achievements and excellence in helping create a more sustainable economic, environmental, and social future for Florida.
Congratulations to all the FGSN partners!!
On the evening of October 29th, at the fifth Florida Green School Awards Ceremony and Banquet DEP’s Office of Environmental Education and the FGSN’s partners, hosted a dinner to celebrate the finalists of the 12-13 Florida Green School Awards. The honorees for the statewide competition in each of the five categories were announced during the ceremony. Please click HERE to review the list of honorees!
The Learn Green Conference is fast approaching! Please don’t forget to pre – register online at www.learngreenconference.com . The Early Bird registration price of $20 (for Parents, Teachers, Principals, Administrators and Government/Non-Profit representatives) ends THIS FRIDAY, October 25th! After the 25th, the cost goes up to $30, so don’t delay-register today. The Conference is definitely shaping up to be the best yet!