Evidence-Based Health & Wellness Initiatives
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.