The 2013 State of Our Health report was the first in-depth study of the physical, emotional, and nutritional health of residents in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville. Read our Executive Summary online.
What is Healthy Central Florida?
Healthy Central Florida (HCF) is a community-based partnership established to transform our community into the healthiest in the nation. Its aim is to get people moving more, eating healthier, feeling better, and enjoying a more vibrant, energized life.
Specifically, we encourage people to:
Get active. Walk, bike, turn off the TV and play with your kids — simply get moving
Eat healthier. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less processed foods
(high in salt, fat, sugar)
Get happy/get connected. We’re social beings and when we’re connected to neighbors, friends, family and community organizations, well-being and happiness increase.
Reduce/eliminate smoking and encourage smoking cessation programs.
Research shows these simple actions can transform a life — and the health of a community. If we all make small, incremental changes, it would have a huge impact.
Why a Healthy Community Matters — What You Can Do
A healthy community benefits all of us. From attracting world-class employers to providing a world-class education for our children – healthy communities which promote and encourage walking, biking, and active lifestyles have an economic advantage. Children do better in school. Healthcare costs go down and happiness and well-being increase.
But it’s about more than economics – it’s about saving lives. Roughly one in three children is now obese and chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and many cancers are skyrocketing. We can change our trajectory. It doesn’t have to be this way in Central Florida. We have the vision, the community leadership and the partners to start now to make our community the healthiest in the nation! Join us to make Central Florida the healthiest community in the nation.
Behind Healthy Central Florida
The goal of Healthy Central Florida is to make our community the healthiest in the nation. We’re starting out by focusing on three target communities – Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville. Other communities will be added in the future.
To accomplish the lofty goal of improving health and well-being, Healthy Central Florida has recruited and trained teams of community leaders to work on policy and environmental change. Representing government, business, faith, education, healthcare and recreation, these talented, dedicated teams have been working together for over three years to create lasting change.
Frequently Asked Questions
What led to the creation of HCF?
Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation recognized the alarmingly high rates of obesity, inactivity, smoking and mental health challenges facing residents in our communities. These problems drain precious limited resources from businesses, schools and hospitals and have a profound impact on the quality of life for children and adults in Central Florida. To create large and small-scale change and a “culture of well-being”, a coordinated community effort was needed. Healthy Central Florida was founded to lead this effort.
How will this be accomplished?
Research shows that behavior is impacted by environments – workplace cultures, family dynamics, school settings and community-level conditions. The more we can do to promote health and make the healthy choice the easy choice in every setting, the healthier and happier our residents and the entire community will be. Therefore, HCF is working with partners from all sectors to implement strategies proven successful in other communities, including using a model developed by the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention). Community leaders representing various sectors will focus on policy change in the environments where we live, learn, work and play. Policies help create lasting change which can lead to new healthy social norms (not smoking, taking the stairs, walking). This approach is known as social marketing and uses a public health model with the end goal of behavior change.
Who is involved?
Respected leaders in health and wellness, Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation are the founding supporters of HCF and will be working closely with the mayors and key leaders in government from Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville. Additionally, key partners such as the YMCA, the Winter Park and Maitland Chambers of Commerce, Publix, Whole Foods, Bike/Walk Central Florida and representatives from education, health, faith, business, restaurant/food service and the community at large will be working together to shape policy and make our community healthier. Everyone has an important role to play and all are invited to join the team.
What’s the timeframe?
Clearly an ambitious goal of “improving health” won’t be achieved overnight. This is a marathon and not a sprint. Therefore, a sustained effort over many years, along with the dedication and commitment of individuals and organizations working together will be needed to achieve long-term success. Leadership teams from our initial target communities were convened and trained in November 2011. A public launch for the broader community, featuring Dr. Mehmet Oz took place on February 6, 2012. Since then, we’ve formed and supported community walking groups in all three communities; held a walk and bike-to-school workshop and helped pass Smoke Free Parks Resolutions in all three communities. A Complete Streets Resolution to make roads safer and friendlier for pedestrians was also passed in Winter Park. We continue to work with our partners on policies and programs that will make our communities the healthiest in the nation.
How will you measure success?
HCF is working with the University of Central Florida, which will be conducting research and evaluating our progress at regular intervals. Success will be measured in relation to the major Healthy Central Florida goals: increase activity levels; increase consumption of fruits and vegetables/ better nutrition; and improve happiness, engagement and a sense of well-being. Progress reports will be issued regularly to let stakeholders, community members and media know where the community is making strides and where we still have work to do.
Jill is responsible for the successful execution and transformation Healthy Central Florida and Community Health Impact Council in to the “Healthiest Communities in America.” She provides strategic direction, development, planning, execution and analysis in all aspects of Healthy Central Florida and Community Health Impact initiatives in order to meet the organizational and departmental goals and objectives. She leads out on collaborative, interdisciplinary teams and committees related to Community Health. Jill ensures Healthy Central Florida and Community Health Impact plans are being executed (strategic initiatives, programs, partnerships, events, social media and evaluations). She Maintains and grows strong relationships with key partners to further Healthy Central Florida and Community Health Impact objectives.
Jill has been with Florida Hospital since 2005. She is married to Jon Slaff, who is a triathlete (living the healthy lifestyle). They enjoy entertaining at their home and traveling.