Health Promotion & School Health Program:
The mission of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
With in the Office of Health Promotion and School Health we work with local schools, government and community partners to keep people of all ages healthy and to implement policies, systems and environmental changes for all members of the community.
Programs under the Office of Health Promotion and School Health are:
Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), a 2 year grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control that represents a community-wide coordination of efforts to use prevention as a means of targeting obesity in the fight against chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. CPPW has been working to make the “healthy choice the easy choice” for Pinellas County residents. Some specific efforts include:
- Encouraging more healthy foods in schools and in workplace vending machines
- Enabling farmers’ markets and community gardens
- Enhance infrastructure for safe pedestrian and non-motorized vehicle activity
- Enlisting faith-based groups in promoting improved nutrition and increased physical activity
- Provide consultation regarding planning, implementing and evaluation of wellness policies, healthy nutrition and safe places for physical activity.
- Multi-media consumer campaign, Find the Fun Now, which is designed to make it easier to find active fun anywhere in Pinellas. (www.findthefunnow.com)
Other activities within the Office to help carry out the mission are:
- Collaborate with community partner agencies and organizations to implement initiatives that promote healthy behaviors.
- Plan and conduct outreach to the community to educate about policy and environmental issues relating to physical activity and nutrition.
- Represents DOH-Pinellas and the office at various community meetings (coalitions, task forces, information exchange activities, etc.).
- Promote partner agencies healthy behavior programs to the community as well as early detection and screenings for chronic disease such as: breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
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Office of Health Promotion and School Health
Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County
12420 130th Ave N
Largo, FL 33774
Phone: (727) 588-4040