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MY WORD by Joan Ruffier Appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on Friday, May 7, 2004 Picture a Central Floridian without health insurance. Chances are, you immediately thought of someone unemployed. However, in Florida, nearly one in five working adults is uninsured–and the picture is similarly bleak across the country, according to new statistics released by […]


Fitness fireball Jack La Lanne, who has made a career of living better and longer through exercise and good eating, will launch Vital Living 2004: Focus on Fitness on Wednesday, June 9 at the Orlando Expo Centre, 500 West Livingston Street in Downtown Orlando. Perhaps best known for his ground-breaking televised exercise program from the […]

New Legislation May Help Small Business Insurance Woes

The recently passed 2004 Affordable Healthcare for Floridians Act, with provisions designed to help ease health insurance costs for small businesses, will be a focus of a small business briefing at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. Co-hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation and the Chamber as part of the […]

Local Leaders Get Chance to Walk in the Shoes of the Uninsured

Cover the Uninsured Week–aimed at calling attention to the rising tide of Americans without health insurance–kicks off in Orlando on Monday with a “Walk in My Shoes” event designed to give community leaders a sense of what it is like to be an uninsured resident struggling to get medical care. Participating leaders in Central Florida–where […]

Celebration of Change Event Honors Students for Healthy Life Changes

More than 150 middle and high school students in the Winter Park/Maitland area will be honored for overcoming life challenges through the CHILL (Community Help & Intervention in Life’s Lessons) counseling program on Friday, April 30. The event, called “Celebration of Change,” will be at 11 a.m. at the Outback Steakhouse in Winter Park. This […]

Winter Park Health Foundation Marks 15th Anniversary with Community Reception

Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) marked its 15th year of operation with a reception including past and present trustees, community leaders and partners as well as grantees on Friday, April 17 at Interlachen Country Club. The event drew more than 100 guests. The reception capped off a day-long Board of Trustees annual retreat held at […]

Y Night: Prescription for Fun and Fitness for Teens

Winter Park High School’s Healthy School Team, the WEEKENDS organization, and the Central Florida YMCA have teamed up to write their own prescription for treating the obesity epidemic among teens–Y Night. Designed to be healthy and social, and to show kids that physical fitness can be fun, Y Night is an evening of teen-oriented exercise […]


Some 800 Orange County children will be eligible to receive low-cost Healthy Kids health insurance because of a positive vote by the Florida Legislative Budget Commission on Thursday at their Tallahassee meeting. By their action, the LBC has cleared away an administrative hurdle, permitting the acceptance of a $600,000 grant offered by the Winter Park […]

Winter Park Health Foundation Offers $600,000 Grant to Revive Healthy Kids Program for Uninsured Orange County Children

Investment to be announced today in Tampa at the Governor’s Task Force on Access to Affordable Health Insurance Christina, a seven-year-old Orlandoan gets regular care for her chronic asthma and no longer has to rely on expensive emergency room treatment to address flare-ups now that she is enrolled in the Healthy Kids insurance program. And […]