WPHF Staff: Inspiring Healthy Communities

The Winter Park Health Foundation’s staff members are working together, and with other organizations, to inspire healthy communities. Here are a few brief updates on some of the projects they have assisted with this past month.

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Debbie Watson, WPHF Vice President, recently served as a judge for the Orange County Public Schools’ Green Schools Recognition Program—FY13-14. The winners of the competition, created to boost sustainability within the OCPS district, green school award - Maitland Middleincluded Castle Creek Elementary School, which received the $5,000 first place prize along with a Recycled Glass Award; Thornebrooke Elementary School, which took the $3,000 second place prize and a Recycled Glass Award, and Maitland Middle School, which won the $1,000 third place prize and a Recycled Glass Award.

In addition to WPHF, the judges invited by OCPS represented Universal Studios, Duke Energy, Waste Management, Bright House Networks, UCF, All Elements Mechanical, Inc., Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Orange County Environmental Protection Division, City of Winter Park, ecoPreserve, Florida Green Building Coalition, Inc., and ICF International.

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Ms. Watson also helped judge an oration contest at Lakemont Elementary School, one of WPHF’s partner schools, where the young speakers talked about how and why maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for individuals, communities, and country. The annual contest is sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a financial services organization.



The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC), a national provider of educational and scientific programs and resources to help communities address the negative effects of the built environment on health and quality of life, has appointed Lisa Portelli, Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) Program Director to its Board of Directors.

“I am very pleased that Lisa Portelli has joined the board,” said Kelly Morphy, WALC Executive Director. “Her role in inspiring healthy communities at the local level, and not-for-profit administration experience will bring invaluable experience and expertise to WALC.”  The Institute’s vision is to create healthy, connected communities that support active living and advance opportunities for all people through walkable streets, livable cities and better built environments.