HCF Lives Up to its Name with Fun, Free Health Week Activities

Health Week—a time to walk, run, ride your bike, hear fascinating free lectures on health, shop at our farmer’s markets, take a picture with our big orange surprise and win a prize – or just get out and play in the beautiful weather—kicks off this weekend.

From the Tour de Cure for Diabetes, a 100-mile bicycle ride on Sunday, March 17 to our Smoke-Free Weekend which runs through the March 24, there’s something for everyone.

One of the key highlights of the week will be a fascinating presentation from Dr. Richard Jackson, host of PBS mini-series Designing Healthy Communities, as we explore the link between health and the way our communities are designed.  It’s free and open to the public from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 18, at the Winter Park Civic Center at 1050 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park. It is co-sponsored by Rollins College and Healthy Central Florida.

For non-smokers, the entire weekend of March 22 – 24, most restaurants at the Winter Park Village are going smoke-free on their patios.  You might want to visit the Winter Park Village and enjoy Brio, Cheesecake Factory, Lime, PF Changs and Truffles restaurants where the policy will be in place – and be sure to tell the manager how much you appreciate the opportunity to breathe easy.

It will also be a great time to join in the community’s free weekly walks in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville or to ride your bike in the Park to Park Ride on Friday, Mar. 22 or walk or run in the Winter Park Road Race on Saturday, March 23.

For a complete list of all events and more information, click here.

Healthy Central Florida (HCF) has created “Health Week” in an effort to bring the community together to renew its focus on health and provide residents the opportunities to get out and get active during the beautiful month of March. (HCF is a community-based initiative, founded by Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation, to help transform the community into the healthiest in the nation.)

P.S. Be on the lookout for a special surprise sprouting up around town throughout the week.  For questions, or more information about Health Week, please contact Asher Levine at 407.644.2300 ext. 241 or by email at [email protected].