Posted May 21st, 2010
The Healthy Hartford Campaign is focusing on health messaging and involving the community in actively considering their health through exercise, nutrition counseling and skills building. Smaller retailers want to improve the nutritional quality of the groceries they sell. Grocers are being encouraged to shift 5% of there inventory of junk foods to healthy choices. Measurements have confirmed that Healthy Food Retailers have shirted 8% of their junk food inventories to regular groceries since 2007. To find out more information on this program visit their website.
Posted May 21st, 2010
The PARCS Fit for Life program is a university and community health and wellness partnership that fills a health education and physical activity participation gap that fitness centers and schools cannot currently provide due to limits in physical resources and time. The program provides supervised group and individual exercise programs in safe exercise facilities located in three Indianapolis Public School high schools. The program has also worked with Indianapolis Housing Agency public housing communities to lead exercise activities and provide physical activity counseling in order to increase physical activity and exercise participation throughout the Indianapolis inner city community. Staffed by IUPUI Exercise Science, Physical Education, Nursing, and Sociology undergraduate majors, over 1000 members from the Indianapolis inner city communities have participated in PARCS Fit for Life. In exchange for these services, university students receive invaluable real-world counseling and training experiences with a variety of people who are healthy or have chronic and/or hypokinetic conditions. Faculty members receive teaching and research opportunities that cannot be duplicated in classrooms, clinics, and laboratories. AFI recognizes PARCS Fit for Life is a best practices model partnership and ACSM has partnered with PARCS Fit for Life. The partners are seeking other partners who are interested in duplicating the PARCS Fit for Life model with university faculty and students, public schools, and community agencies. For more information, please contact Jennifer Anderson, IUPUI Department of Physical Education Service Learning Coordinator and PARCS Fit for Life Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted May 14th, 2010
The Pinellas County Health Department teamed up with the County Parks and Recreation Department to offer a walking program called, The 100 Mile Club. This program promotes physical activity and also brings more citizens to county and city parks. To become a member, participants just keep track of the miles that they walk on the walking log. Once participants reach 100 miles, they submit their log to Pinellas County Health Department and they will receive a club member t-shirt in the mail. The program started out in October 2005 and it’s membership has grown to more than 560 members. To find out more information about this program and how to become a member go to their website.
Posted May 7th, 2010
In January 2009, Mayor Sheila Dixon launched a citywide fitness program called Fit Baltimore. This twelve-week program features free weekly fitness events at city recreation centers, hosted by prominent local community members including; the Mayor and television/radio personalities. Participants are also given an opportunity to have their blood pressure, BMI, and waist circumference screened at each event, and they are given information about healthy eating and staying active. To find out more information on the Fit Baltimore program, along with its events and tips on fitness and nutrition please contact the website www.befitbaltimore.com.