Evidence-Based Health & Wellness Initiatives
Do Good Farm (2020), which received a $250,000 grant to develop working farms at Hope Charter School and Legacy High School. Students will study and experiment with farm design techniques, and grow and process their own food. They will also learn important lessons in math, chemistry, physical science, engineering, agriculture, social studies, and gain marketable job skills.
Children’s Safety Village of Central Florida (2019), which received a $15,000 grant to cover the cost of providing safety education and training programs to 2,800 children living in west Orange County. The programs include instruction in water, fire, gun and internet safety, as well as staying safe when walking and riding a bike.
Central Florida Community Arts (2019) was awarded $25,000 to expand “Arts in Action” and “Arts & Wellness,” two low-cost programs customized for healthy adults over 60. The programs, which include classes in singing, storytelling, acting and improv, will reach approximately 400 seniors in west Orange County.
Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County (2018) was awarded $195,415 to help fund the Nurse-Family Partnership to reduce the number of low birth-weight babies in west Orange County. The program pairs a specially trained registered nurse with low-income women from the time they become pregnant through the child’s second birthday. Nurses will visit 50 women and their families in their homes at least twice a month to encourage healthy behaviors for both mother and baby and ensure they are thriving physically, mentally and emotionally.
Health Council of East Central Florida (2018) was awarded $249,000 to fund Happy, Healthy and at Home in West Orange, a program designed to help reduce hospital readmissions by establishing a team of dedicated paramedics to provide home care management visits to local residents living with chronic health conditions.
The Polis Institute (2018) was awarded $166,510 to improve economic opportunities and health outcomes of residents living in east Winter Garden. The organization, which focuses on revitalizing distressed neighborhoods in Central Florida, will engage local residents in programs to help them lead their community, become financially savvy and live healthier lives.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (2018) was awarded $250,000 toward construction of a new 11,500 square-foot facility in west Orange County that will serve three times as many children each day and feature a computer and arts labs, a music studio, game room, and a health and life sciences learning center.
Oakland Nature Reserve (2018) was awarded $10,000 to support the local deployment of a national, evidence-based “fitness in nature” program that enhances the Reserve’s walking trails with exercise stations, educational signage and new mile markers to track progress.
City of Winter Garden (2017) was awarded $1.7 million to support construction of Tucker Ranch, a 12-acre sustainable working and teaching farm that will produce more than a million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each year, increasing access to affordable, healthy produce for residents of west Orange County.
Public Goods Projects (2017) was awarded $750,000 to develop and activate a local communications/education program to impact and decrease adult smoking rates, incidence of low birth rates and substance abuse rates. The program is expected to improve the District’s health rankings and contribute to its goal of becoming the healthiest community in the nation.
Orlando Health Foundation (2016) was awarded $77,312 to support the development and implementation of a Community Leaders Pilot Program, an initiative to empower community leaders to take charge of their own health and pledge to also champion the overall health improvement of the West Orange community.
Roper YMCA (2018) was awarded $95,900 to support an evidence-based obesity and nutrition program at five local elementary schools.100 children struggling with obesity, along with their families, have the opportunity to participate in on-site nutrition education sessions and have access to fitness classes at the Roper YMCA.
The organization was also awarded (2014) $500,000 to create a “Healthy Living Center” and add medical screenings, flu shots and other programs to prevent or delay the occurrence of chronic disease.