West Miami-Dade

West Miami wins state of Florida’s Healthy Weight Community Champion Award

West Miami is making sure its residents follow healthy practices and the state has taken notice.

The city was awarded the Healthy Weight Community Champion Award 2014 at a recent commission meeting.

Olga Connor of the Florida Department of Health presented the award. “I was here for a while and I saw a lot of people walking in front of City Hall,” she said at the meeting.

The city was awarded because of practices such as West Miami’s nutrition program offered to seniors through both congregate- and home-delivered meal programs. The city also offers a nutritional lunch for participants during a 10-week summer camp program.

“The award is important because we have showcased our city not only from a nutritional standpoint but as part of a countywide effort to create awareness for a healthy lifestyle by promoting healthy nutrition in a safe pedestrian friendly community,” City Manager Yolanda Aguilar said.

The award comes on the heels of news that Miami-Dade is ranked top 5 of the healthiest Florida counties.

West Miami promotes the program by receiving input from an independent nutritionist based on the recommended nutritional guidelines provided by the USDA.

The city also launched a citywide traffic-calming program that promotes a pedestrian-friendly environment and offers two public parks promoting outdoor exercise activities for all ages. The two locations are the West Miami Recreation Center, 1700 SW 62 Ave., and Cooper Park, 5751 SW 16th St.

Aguilar said the city is looking forward to advance methods in promoting health.

“As the recipient of this award, the city can pursue future grants that are aimed at Quality of Life Programs that cater to all age groups within our community. As such, the City will receive $720,000 from an FDOT contract to complete 10 traffic circles that will add and enhance our ability to promote pedestrian friendly walking areas,” she said.