Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Apalachicola Receives Second Community Champion Award

Marsha Linderman, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in
Franklin and Gulf Counties presents Healthy Weight Community Champion 
award to the Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners
For the second consecutive year the City of Apalachicola has earned the Healthy Weight Community Champion award from the Florida Department of Health for its demonstrated commitment towards helping to make Florida the healthiest state in the nation.

Marsha Lindeman, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Franklin and Gulf counties appeared before the Apalachicola City Commission at their regular monthly meeting held last night to present the award.

During her presentation Lindeman thanked the commission for collaborating with local vendors to establish the Apalachicola Farmers Market at the Mill Pond Pavilion and for their support of the existing Community Garden located at City Square. Both of which Lindeman said enhanced the quality of life of Apalachicola residents.

The Healthy Weight Community Champion program is part of the department’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative. Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, businesses and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.

Between October and December 2015, local governments were invited by the Healthy Weight Community Champion Program to submit best practices and policies they have implemented in their jurisdictions related to health and wellness, officials with the City of Apalachicola responded to the invitation just as they did in 2014.