Orlando has been recognized as a Healthy Weight Community Champion for the fourth year in a row. The honor demonstrates Orlando’s commitment to making Florida the healthiest state in the nation.
Each year the Florida Department of Health recognizes communities working toward a healthier weight through best practice policies. Orlando achieved this distinction because of its commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles through its amenities such as:
- The Juice Bike Share program serves both visitors and locals with up to 200 bikes at 20 locations
- A $207 million renovation of the Camping World Stadium which host college football bowl games, and a variety of community and youth sporting events
- The new Orlando City Soccer Stadium
- 116 parks for public recreation, including 53 playgrounds, 15 workout rooms, fitness activities in 20 neighborhood centers, 11 swimming pools, 35 tennis courts, 37 baseball/softball fields, 66 basketball courts, 52 multi-use sports fields and hundreds of acres of open play space
- 60 percent of city-owned parks have active facilities and another 25 percent have walking trails and open space used for active recreation
The city also received the 2016 Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Most Dedicated Local Elected Official Award for significant efforts that the City of Orlando has taken to promote the health of children and families under Mayor Dyer’s leadership.
The Community Champions program is part of the Florida Department of Health’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative. Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.