Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation have partnered up with three local communities – and one well-known television doctor – to launch an initiative to make Central Florida a healthier place to live.
Healthy Central Florida (HCF), a community-based partnership starting in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville, aims to make Central Florida the healthiest community in the nation, said Executive Director Jill Hamilton Buss.
The initiative, which had its formal launch Monday, Feb. 6, with a presentation at Full Sail University by Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the daytime medical talk show, “The Dr. Oz Show”, focuses on getting people more active, eating healthier and more connected to their communities.
“We have to figure out ways to reengineer movement and activity back into our lives as we live them – at school, at work, church and in your neighborhood – we want to make the healthy choice the easy choice in all settings,” Buss said.
With help from Florida Hospital, the Winter Park Health Foundation and the mayors of each of the flagship communities, HCF aims to promote long-lasting environmental policy and social change to make Central Florida a healthier place to live, work and play, Buss said.