making health a priority


Self-motivation and individual change is to be applauded, but the Winter Park Health Foundation recognizes that policy and environmental change can also inspire citizens to take steps to live healthier. Well aware that behavior is affected by environments, we support efforts by child care centers, schools, businesses and communities to implement policies that make it easier for people to make and sustain healthy choices.

What’s Needed for a Senior-Friendly Community?

A new grant will support research into how well the local community meets the needs of local older adults and what can be added to create an environment supporting this growing age group.

Walking Classroom Tones Bodies and Builds Brainpower

Local teachers are testing an innovative program called the Walking Classroom that combines learning with physical activity.

Healthy Central Florida Inspires Good Health & Fun

The 3rd Annual Mayors’ Sole Challenge is just one example of healthy changes taking place locally through the leadership from Healthy Central Florida (HCF). Founded by Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation, HCF is focused on making Central Florida the healthiest community in the U.S.

Florida DOT Passes Complete Streets Policy

New policy requires communities to design and build streets with all users in mind.

State Housing Conference Examines Link Between Home and Health

The Florida Housing Coalition’s statewide conference for a first time featured a panel on the connection between home and health and it drew a crowd.

Healthy School Teams Spread Statewide

Healthy School Teams will be created in schools throughout Florida to help promote new school snack rules.

Parramore Assessment Offers Health Improvement Suggestions

A health impact assessment in Orlando’s Parramore community produced ideas on how to protect the health of residents as community development continues.

New Published Report Focuses on Faith Community Nursing Initiative

The lessons and successes of the Faith Community Nursing initiative are covered in this new Florida Hospital report.

Culture of Health and Wellness at Local Schools Supports Academic Performance Too

WPHF has invested more than $15 million in a collection of school-based health and wellness services since 1997, including mental health counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners and Healthy School Teams.