The Broward County Health Department acknowledged the City of Miramar’s efforts to equip its community with a healthy lifestyle by naming it a 2017 Healthy Weight Community Champion. The annual award, developed by the State Surgeon General, acknowledges local governments that implement a variety of policies to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. Communities that exhibit “best practices” are given the Healthy Weight Community Champion award. This year the city joins 98 communities in the State of Florida to receive such an award.
The City of Miramar’s submission garnered attention in this arena for the inclusion of numerous physical activity options for residents of all ages and physical capabilities in its recreation programming; its park system’s 4 recreational facilities that offerings (incl. fitness-related classes); 2 large swimming facilities with water park playgrounds and a state-of-the-art sports complex boasting one of only four “Class 2” internationally certified tracks in the United States.
Additional City credits went to the City’s exercise route within Miramar Regional Park’ and its options for residents and visitors with disabilities; the City’s work with various organizations to provide free and affordable health screenings, health fairs and offer other opportunities to residents experiencing health inequities; and most notably, the success of the Miramar Community Garden, having the first “micro-farming” system in Broward County. The garden has demonstrated the ability to be a place to power the city with real-time healthy living education through a local food system.
A Healthy Community ……It’s Right Here In Miramar™!