Florida Dept. of Health Lauds City of NPR as ‘Healthy Weight Champion’, Cites New Parks

Florida Dept. of Health Lauds City of NPR as ‘Healthy Weight Champion’, Cites New Parks

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New Port Richey, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County is pleased to recognize the City of New Port Richey as a 2017 Healthy Weight Community Champion. The City of New Port Richey is the first entity in Pasco to apply for and receive the Surgeon Generals Community Champion Recognition for supporting Healthy Weight. In addition to their accessible system of parks they support community gardening efforts and make fresh foods available through farmers’ markets.

“New Port Richey has made great strides in creating an environment where families can get outdoors and be active and be safe”, said Mike Napier, County Health Officer. “The changes in downtown NPR and Sims Park are a great example of supporting healthy lifestyles for our residents. We are excited that the City of New Port Richey is setting such a great example for others to follow and we look forward to future efforts to support public health.”

Florida’s county and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. Local governments can implement a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. These best practice policies are reflected in the Healthy Weight Community Champion submission criteria. Between August and December 2016, local governments were invited to submit best practices they have implemented in their jurisdictions.

“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.”

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.

About Healthiest Weight Florida
To learn more about Healthiest Weight Florida, please visit A list of the 2017 Champion Communities and best practices can be found online at:

About the Florida Department of Health The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit

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