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“I know how to get up from the floor. I am more disciplined doing exercises. Thank you for caring about us.”

Participant at Douglas Gardens North (Senior Public Housing)

 


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25 June 2012 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Shari Gantman, VP Communications

Health Foundation of S. Florida 
Tel. 305.374.9199 
Cell: 305.807.7228

"Senior" Graduating Class Says "Go Take A Hike"  First graduating class from Walk With Ease program                                                                      

MIAMI-  Health Foundation of South Florida's Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, a $7.5 million, five-year initiative to help older adults age strong in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, recently honored the first graduates of its newest evidence-based program, Walk With Ease. After completing the six-week program at the Senior L.I.F.T. Center, a volunteer nonprofit organization  providing activities for adults 55 and older,  graduates received and proudly wore "Go Take A Hike" shirts to encourage others to try the WALK WITH EASE fitness program, which was

created by the Arthritis Foundation to help reduce pain and improve health.  

The Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative's WALK WITH EASE program is available free of charge to adults 55 years of age and older who would like to ease the pain in their lives.  Research studies show that walking for 30 minutes at least three times a week reduces pain from arthritis (if present), increases balance and strength while improving overall health.  All participants are given a WALK WITH EASE GUIDEBOOK which provides all the information, support and tools needed to set and reach realistic goals.  Upon successful completion of the program, they will be awarded with the special t-shirt.

Individuals interested in joining or organizing a WALK WITH EASE program in their neighborhood, or senior groups from churches, temples, social clubs, condominiums, corporations, etc. should call the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative's WALK WITH EASE Coordinator at 305-455-0338. Call today and you can get started making your life better by feeling better!



20 April 2012 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Laura Phillips
Miami-Dade Parks
305-755-7842
laf@miamidade.gov


Shari Gantman, VP Communications
Health Foundation of S. Florida 
Tel. 305.374.9199 
Cell: 305.807.7228

MIAMI-DADE PARKS & THE HEALTH FOUNDATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA ANNOUNCE:  FREE “WALK WITH EASE” WALKING PROGRAM FOR SENIORS LAUNCHING APRIL 21, 9 AM

 

(MIAMI, April 17, 2012) —The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is teaming up with the Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) to encourage Miami-Dade County senior citizens (age 55 and older) to start walking for their health by offering  the new FREE evidence based walking program--Walk With Ease at 13 Miami-Dade Parks locations.  Seniors are invited to help kick-off the first Walk With Ease walking session on April 21, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to register and learn more about this program.

“Walking is one of the easiest, healthiest activities that most people can do, and what better place to do it that in one of the County’s beautiful parks,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. 

Through HFSF’s five-year $7.5 million initiative, the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative,  the organization is helping older adults to age strong.  Its latest endeavor--Walk With Ease--created by the Arthritis Foundation, is an evidence-based walking program for those over age 55 with or without arthritis, that touts the benefits of increased physical activity.  Participants will meet with a trained leader three times a week during this six-week session and will also receive a guidebook with chapters on health education, stretching and strengthening exer­cises, and motivational strategies. At the completion of their session, walkers will receive a Walk With Ease T-shirt.

“If you can be on your feet for ten minutes, you can have success with this program,” said HFSF President & CEO Steven E. Marcus, Ed.D.  “This self-guided program, which can help to reduce arthritis pain while increasing a participant’s balance and strength, reflects the type of activities promoted through Health Foundation of South Florida’s Healthy Eating Active Communities focus area.

 

The Walk With Ease program will be offered at these Miami-Dade County parks:

 

South: 

·       Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park,14445 SW 122 Ave., Miami

            Contact:  Daryl Miller, 305-234-1660

·       West Perrine Park, 10301 SW 170 Avenue, Miami

            Contact:  Julie Banks. 305-235-2053

·       Goulds Park 11350 SW 216 St., Miami                   

            Contact:  Victor Jenkins, 305-255-2399

·       South Dade Park, 28151 SW 164 Avenue, Miami

            Contact:  Lasonja Davis-Miller, 305-247-9453

 

Central: 

·       Continental Park, 10000 SW 82 Ave., Miami

            Contact:  Joe Fernandez, 305-274-9666

·       Tropical Estates Park, 10201 SW 48 St., Miami

            Contact:  Denise Tezanos, 305-226-5782

·       Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave., Miami

            Contact:  Mercy Morgan, 305-380-9106

·       North Trail Park,  780 NW 127 Ave., Miami

            Contact:  Francisco Yanes, 305-207-2420

 

North:

 

·       Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park (MLK), 6160 NW 32 Ct., Miami

            Contact:  Marvin Burroughs, 305-633-2044 

·       Arcola Lakes Park, 1301 NW 83 St., Miami              

            Contact: Trenise Henderson/Marvin Burroughs, 305-836-5095 

·       Gwen Cherry Park (Y.E.T.), 7090 NW 22 Ave., Miami

            Contact:  Bobby Johnson, 305-694-4889 

·       Highland Oaks Park, 20300 NE 24 Ave., Miami

            Contact:  Lerida Delgado, 305- 932-2164

·       Country Village Park, 6550 NW 188 Terr., Miami

            Contact:  Linda Baker, 305-622-2594

 

About Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF):

HFSF is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $92.7 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or see their website, www.hfsf.org. For information on the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative visit: www.healthyagingsf.org.

 

About the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:

Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and more than 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks.

 

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.

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Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

275 NW 2nd Street, 3rd Floor

Miami, FL 33128

305-755-7842



 

23 February 2012 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Shari Gantman, VP Communications 
Tel. 305.374.9199 
Cell: 305.807.7228


 

 



HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS
TO IMPACT THE HEALTH OF OLDER ADULTS

More than 18,000 older adults in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties have benefitted from programs offered through the Foundation’s Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative

Sixteen nonprofit organizations throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties received grants of up to $284,000 from Health Foundation of South Florida to help older adults stay healthy and independent.  Through a five-year $7.5 million  initiative of the Foundation, the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, the organizations offer nationally-recognized, prevention programs focused on chronic disease self-management, falls prevention, depression and  physical activity.

According to Health Foundation of South Florida’s Chairwoman Divina Grossman, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, “The Foundation works with community partners to support programs that are designed to promote and preserve the health of older adults.” She added, “Since the Collaborative was launched in 2008, more than 18,000 older adults in South Florida have benefitted from the evidence-based healthy aging programs.”

The grants total $1,244,951 and were awarded to the following nonprofit organizations:

In Miami-Dade County, grants totaling$589,745 were awarded to 11 lead agencies: Alliance for Aging, Community Health of South Florida, Cuban American National Council, Independent Living Community Services, Jessie Trice Community Health Centers, Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Little Havana Activities & Nutrition Centers, Open Door Health Center, South Florida V.A. Foundation and YMCA of Greater Miami.

In Broward County, grants totaling $ 585,706 were awarded to four organizations: Areawide Council on Aging, Broward Regional Health Planning Council, South Florida V.A. Foundation and the YMCA of Broward County.  In Monroe County, $69,500 was awarded to Florida Keys AHEC.

 





 

29 March 2011 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Shari Gantman, VP Communications
Tel. 305.374.9199
Cell: 305.807.7228

HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS 
TO IMPACT THE HEALTH OF OLDER ADULTS.

 

More than 14,000 older adults have benefitted from the Collaborative since its inception in 2008.

Nonprofit organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties will be able to help older adults stay healthy and independent by offering programs recently funded by Health Foundation of South Florida. Through an initiative of the Foundation, the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, evidence-based prevention programs for chronic disease self-management, fall prevention, physical activity and depression will be offered by aging services and health care providers.


Health Foundation awarded grants ranging from $18,000 to $284,000 to fifteen nonprofit organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  The awards, which total $1,363,525, were granted during Year 3 of the Foundations’ five-year $7.5 million Healthy Aging Initiative.  More than 12,000 older adults have been reached since the initiative was launched in 2008.

In Miami-Dade County, $851,525 in grants were awarded to 12 lead agencies: Alliance for Aging, Citrus Health Network, Community Health of South Florida, Cuban National Council, Independent Living Community Services, Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Little Havana Activities & Nutrition Centers, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, Open Door Health Center, South Florida VA Foundation and United HomeCare Services.

In Broward County, $ 419,000 was awarded to two organizations: Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Inc. and the YMCA of Broward County. In Monroe County,$ 93,000 was awarded to Florida Keys AHEC.

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $87 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or see their websites, www.hfsf.org and www.healthyagingsf.org for information on the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative. 


 


October 7, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Shari Gantman, VP Communications 
Tel. 305.374.9199 Cell: 305.807.7228

  

MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS AWARDED BY HEALTH FOUNDATION
TO HELP OLDER ADULTS STAY HEALTHY AND INDEPENDENT


More than 6,400 older adults have been reached since the Collaborative was formed last year

Nonprofit organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties will be able to help older adults stay healthy and independent by offering programs recently funded by Health Foundation of South Florida. As part of the Foundation’s Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, evidence-based prevention programs for chronic disease self-management, fall prevention, physical activity and depression will be offered by aging services and health care providers.

Health Foundation awarded grants ranging from $30,000 to $171,495 to 16 nonprofit organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. The awards, which total $1,324,772 were made during the second grant cycle of the Foundation’s five-year $7.5 million Healthy Aging Initiative. More than 6,400 older adults have been reached since the initiative was launched last year.

In Miami-Dade County $724,077 in grants were awarded to: Citrus Health Network; Community Health of South Florida; Independent Living Community Services; Jessie Trice Community Health Centers; Jewish Community Services, Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers; Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged; Open Door Health Center; Sister Emmanuel Hospital; South Florida Veterans Affairs Foundation and United Home Care.

In Broward $482,495 in grants were awarded to the Areawide Council on Aging; Broward County Elderly and Veterans Services; Nova Southeastern University and the YMCA of Broward County. In Monroe County $118,200 was awarded to the Florida Keys Area Health Education Center. These lead agencies represent over 78 community partners and will reach more than 6,000 older adults in South Florida during the second year of the Healthy Aging Initiative.

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $84 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit: www.hfsf.org or www.healthyagingsf.org
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Launch and Luncheon for the
Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative of South Florida
 


Healthy Aging Day was declared in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties on November 10 as Health Foundation of South Florida launched a $7.5 million initiative, the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative of South Florida. The Collaborative’s mission is to improve the health, enhance the quality of life and reduce health care costs for thousands of older adults in South Florida.

Broward County Mayor Lois Wexler, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Monroe County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy presented proclamations declaring Healthy Aging Day while now former United States Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina Carbonell and Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Doug Beach provided updates on aging and praised the Collaborative’s goals. A pre- Veterans Day salute with two World War II veterans on hand was a fitting way to help launch a healthy aging initiative.

As part of the initiative, more than $1 million dollars will be awarded during the event to 18 nonprofit health organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Representatives from the nonprofit were at the event and anxious to begin implementing programs geared toward helping the more than 800,000 older adults in South Florida

 

Press Release

October 28, 2008                                     For more information contact:   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      
Shari Gantman, Public Relations                                                               Tel. 305.374.9199 Cell: 305.807.7228                              

HELPING OLDER ADULTS STAY HEALTHY AND INDEPENDENT IS THE GOAL OF HEALTH FOUNDATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA’S $7.5 MILLION INITIATIVE

Health Foundation of South Florida joins national movement to bringing evidence-based prevention programs through aging services and health care providers at the community level.   The Administration of Aging with the strong support of the National Council on Aging and Atlantic Philanthropies inspired Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees to launch a $7.5 million Healthy Aging Initiative to enhance the quality of life for older people living in South Florida.

Health Foundation announced this week awards from $30,000 to $200,000 to 18 nonprofit organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties for evidence-based prevention programs in the areas of chronic disease self-management, fall prevention, physical activity and depression.  The awards, which total more than $1 million, were made during the first grant cycle of the Foundation’s Healthy aging Initiative.

In Miami-Dade County $1,027,339 in grants were awarded to 16 lead agencies: Alliance for Aging, Baptist Health, Citrus Health Network, Community Health of South Florida, Jessie Trice Community Health Centers, Jewish Community Services, Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers, Miami Beach Community Health Center, Miami-Dade County Department of Human Services, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, Open Door Health Center, South Florida Veteran’s Foundation, Town of Miami Lakes, Southwest Social Services, UNIDAD of Miami Beach, and United Home Care.   In Broward $204,186 in grants was awarded to the Areawide Council on Aging and in Monroe County $120,200 was awarded to the Florida Keys Area Health Education Center.  These lead agencies represent over 78 community partners and will reach over 6,000 older adults in South Florida during year one of the Healthy Aging Initiative. 

Health Foundation of South Florida strengthens our region to be a beacon of innovative and effective multicultural approaches to health promotion and health care. As a grant making foundation, its mission is to improve health outcomes and quality community based programs for underserved individuals in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties by focusing on various initiatives and programs including healthy aging and healthy lifestyles, preventive measures and primary care.  Since 1993, the Foundation awarded more than $78 million in grants and direct program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the Web site, www.hfsf.org.

 

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