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HealthCorps - Empowering Youth Through Wellness

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HealthCorps University (HCU) is a train-the-trainer professional development program that empowers educators and administrators to bring HealthCorps’ innovative, health and wellness curriculum to schools, summer camps, community centers, and organizations. HCU provides hands-on training, engaging materials, tools, and support for trainees as they improve health and wellness through classroom education, staff engagement,... more »
Who are you?

HealthCorps University (HCU) is a train-the-trainer program within HealthCorps (HC), a 501(c)3, that was founded in 2003 by Dr. Mehmet Oz, and his wife Lisa, to combat the childhood obesity crisis.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Healthcorps’ in-school program has been in four high schools within Miami-Dade public schools since 2009; currently, we are present in two. Through our professional development trainings for district and school staff, we will be able to enhance the quality of health education that Miami students receive. The trainings will educate the staff, which will in-turn lead to enhancement of students’ life skills, health status and greater academic success.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Our project directly addresses the current 22.3% obesity rate in Miami, and perpetuates student academic success by educating adolescents on healthy life choices that pertain to nutrition, exercise, mental resilience, and necessary life-skills. As stated in The Our Miami Report, “there is a strong link between physical health and academic achievement.” Additionally, HCU will address the 3.6% deficiency Miami is currently experiencing from the Florida state average of high quality educators.

Please give examples of your project's success.

To date, HealthCorps’ curriculum has been deployed in 17 different states and has had an impact on approximately 300,000 teens and 600,000 of their family and community members. Our evidence based curriculum has increased student water consumption by 18%, has reduced 1% of body fat composition in overweight students within 8 months, and has increased student health knowledge by 11%. HCU has had nationwide success in empowering educators to address the health and wellness of their students.

Organization Name (or individuals name) HealthCorps

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Health & Safety

Walk for Life

To increase physical activity and to serve local families and individuals, the Parks Department, the Parks Foundation, the Deering Estate at Cutler, and the Deering Estate Foundation will launch a community walking program that is accessible and welcoming to all. “Walk for Life” is a volunteer supported walking program to get all ages and abilities moving and gaining the health benefits of regular exercise. Participants... more »
Who are you?

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a 501(c)3 organization which fosters the recreational, educational, environmental and cultural life of the Miami-Dade County community by encouraging and soliciting support for our County’s park system.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The pedometer will track route, pace, calories, distance, time and connect these with our local parks, museums, nature centers, or places of special interest along the way. As walkers in the program reach certain milestones, they’ll receive special offers, park passes, discounts on tours and fitness and recreation programs, for those participating in the program. This friendly, simple to use app would motivate walkers and improve activity levels, weight loss, and include social tools.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Health & Safety- The Walk for Life Program will motivate members to get out and get moving by providing a fun social atmosphere, special offers, and reports on their progress. According to the American Heart Association the benefits of walking are significant to a healthy lifestyle including, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes as well as improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Please give examples of your project's success.

There are approximately 40 walkers in the Deering Pilot and over 200 walkers already enrolled in the project community-wide. Local, specialty parks, support the volunteer directed program with specialty walks and quarterly trainings for volunteers and participants to increase connectivity to other Parks programs. These walkers not only return week after week for the program, but become more aware of the cultural and natural resources they are enjoying and also recruit family and friends to join.

Organization Name (or individuals name) The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade

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