The City of Apalachicola has once again been recognized by the Florida Department of Health as one of the 2017 Healthy Weight Community Champions. A recognition the City has successively received from state health officials since the State Surgeon General launched the Healthy Weight Community Champion Recognition Program in 2015.
The Community Champions program is part of the department’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative. Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.
Other panhandle communities to receive the 2017 Healthy Weight Community Champion recognition include Bay County, Panama City, City of Pensacola and the City of Port St. Joe.
“I am pleased that the department is able to recognize the tremendous work these local governments have done to improve the health of their residents” said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. “Their efforts to implement policies that empower residents and visitors to improve their health are an important part of creating healthy environments throughout Florida.”