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City of Deltona and Orange City were also among 33 communities statewide that earned the recent designation.
“These cities have worked to improve the health of their community in different ways,” said DOH-Volusia administrator Patricia Boswell. “Ranging from comprehensive planning and code requirements to trail and walkability efforts, these efforts are focused on creating an environment that supports healthy communities.”
The City of Port Orange Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code has requirements geared toward city connectivity with trails, bikeways, and wide sidewalks. The Comprehensive Plan promotes walking and biking to school through infrastructure improvements, enforcement, and safety education. All new parks and playgrounds are built with an inclusive design that provides physical accommodations, engagement, and integration for all children. Additionally, city parks have fitness equipment that is free to the public. To support the health of city employees, the city has established a wellness policy that allows employees to take an extra 15 minutes during lunch hours, three days a week, for fitness-related activities.
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, 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.