Debbie Watson, WPHF Vice President, was part of the Florida delegation invited by the Florida Dairy Council to attend the GENYOUth Foundation’s “Learning Connection” Summit in Dallas at Cowboy Stadium. She was accompanied by Melodie Griffin, a WPHF consultant and State Coordinator of Florida Action for Healthy Kids. Other members of the Florida delegation included Penny Taylor, Director of Healthy Schools for the Florida Department of Education and Catherine Howard, Coordinator of Healthiest Weight Florida with the Florida Department of Health. Representatives from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation and the Miami Dolphins Foundation were also part of the Florida team participating in the 2014 Summit. GENYOUth, along with the NFL Foundation and the National Dairy Council, supports and advises the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program to improve kids’ health and wellness in schools. Last year, the 12 WPHF partner schools serving children and youth from Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville, each received $4,000 via the GENYOUth Foundation to support FUTP60 and related school-based wellness activities. Healthy School Teams in WPHF partner schools have applied for additional FUTP60 funds for the 2014-15 school year. They expect to hear from the organization in the near future.
Diana Silvey, WPHF Program Director, convened representatives of a large group of organizations serving older adults to help plan local special events for the annual Active Aging Week observance, September 21-27. The goal of Active Aging Week is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by giving older adults the chance to experience diverse activities in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. It will include intergenerational opportunities, walking, information on falls prevention and bone health, and more.
Joyce Woolman, WPHF Executive Administrative Assistant, was selected to be featured in the “Member Spotlight” for July on the website for the International Association for Administrative Assistants (IAAP). Ms. Woolman is treasurer for the Winter Park chapter of IAAP and has been a member of the organization for 10 years. The international organization features just one member from chapters around the world each month.