Healthy Weight Community Champion

The City of Safety Harbor was recognized as a Healthy Weight Community Champion for 2015. Each year, the Florida Department of Health recognizes communities working toward a healthier weight through best practice policies.
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Healthy Lifestyle Amenities
Safety Harbor received this recognition due to its commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles through amenities such as:
  • Safety Harbor’s Bayshore Linear Trail extends approximately 1 mile along the Tampa Bay coastline. The multi-use trail provides connectivity from Downtown Safety Harbor to Ream Wilson Trail, an east-west trail in the City of Clearwater.
  • The city has 16 recreational facilities on more than 95 acres of parkland. These recreational facilities include parks, community centers, and a cultural facility (history museum). A county regional park and a public middle school provide open space and recreational facilities that are accessible to Safety Harbor residents. The majority of city recreational facilities offer active play areas.
  • The city participates in the “Let’s Move” campaign, the Playful City program, and has been named one of the top 5 Running Cities in America by the American Road Runners Association.
Purpose
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.

Partnerships
The initiative works closely with partners to leverage existing resources to maximize reach and impact. These partners include the business community, hospitals, non-governmental organizations, non-profit agencies, other federal, state, or local government agencies, and volunteer coalitions. The overall goal is to bend the weight curve by 5% by 2017.