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Healthy Homestead

 

Ask ten different people what defines good health, and you’ll get ten different answers. For some, it’s simply not being sick; for others, it’s the ability to run a marathon. The in-between is where many find themselves – not as active as they should be, and probably eating foods that don’t support what their bodies need. Busy schedules, long commutes and demanding jobs can make it hard to get the exercise we need and prepare nutritious food for our bodies.

That’s why we’ve launched Healthy Homestead, a movement to help our community get and stay healthy. Powered by Homestead Hospital, Healthy Homestead brings together community members from government, healthcare, business, education and elsewhere to help residents get active and on the path to good health. 

Our vision is to be a community where people prioritize health and well-being. Working with our partners in South Dade, we seek to inspire and empower our residents to improve their nutrition, fitness and overall understanding of wellness by:

Helping residents learn about how to achieve and maintain good health.

Collaboratively planning with partners to make wellness activities available to the community. 

Creating safe spaces for residents to be physically active and have access to nutritious foods.

Making sure everyone across the lifespan has the opportunity to make healthy choices.

Our partners work collaboratively to accomplish these goals through subcommittees that implement strategies to impact four domains of health:

Education – works with partners to educate residents about all aspects of health, including physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and financial well-being.

Goal: Reach 5,000 Homestead residents with information about healthy lifestyles and access to care.

Locavore – partners with local growers to encourage consumers and businesses to buy locally sourced produce, which is fresher and higher in nutritional content. 

Goal: Reach 200,000 South Dade residents and 20,000 Baptist Health employees with the Locavore message.

Nutrition – actively plans nutrition programs for kids and adults and works with area businesses to ensure that fresh, nutritious food is available in the community.

Goal: Reach 2,000 Homestead children under age 14 and improve their nutritious snack intake by 10%.

Physical Activity – educates the community about the importance of an active lifestyle in health and longevity, provides opportunities for residents to be more active, and seeks to create safe spaces for recreation.

Goal: Increase the number of reported minutes of physical activity by 25% for 20,000 Homestead residents.

Get Involved

For more information about Healthy Homestead or to get involved, contact: HealthyHomestead@BaptistHealth.net


Are YOU a Locavore?

Merriam Webster defines locavore as: one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible.

Miami-Dade County is home to more than 2,950 farms producing a wide array of fruits and vegetables. Our county and state supplies much of the U.S.-grown produce to the rest of the country, yet most of the produce you find in the grocery stores comes from outside the state and even outside the country! In fact, the fruits and vegetables you’re eating may have been picked weeks before and ripened using gases and other chemicals. Not only does that reduce the flavor and freshness, but it also lowers the nutritional value of those foods.

Healthy Homestead’s Locavore initiative is working to change that. By encouraging residents to eat local, we are supporting healthy lifestyles as well as our farming community right here in Miami-Dade County. Depending on the time of year, our local farmers are harvesting atemoya, avocado, bananas (several varieties), blueberries, boniato, broccoli, cabbage, carambola, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chard, coconut, cucumber, eggplant, golden beets, grapefruit, green beans, jackfruit, kale, kumquat, lime, longan, lychee, mango, mushroom, onion, orange, papaya, passion fruit, peanuts, peppers (several varieties), pink guava, pomelo, potatoes, radish, spinach, strawberries, sugar cane, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, white and red dragon fruit, wing beans, yellow squash, yellow squash blossoms, plus a large variety of herbs and leaves for cooking. 

Despite this incredible bounty, Florida currently ranks 47th on the national locavore index, a measure of the support for local farming communities and locally sourced produce. You can help us change that by:

 

  • Committing to purchasing $50 of produce a month from local sources.
  • Asking your grocery stores to start offering locally grown produce instead of importing from other states or other countries.
  • Encouraging your favorite restaurants and hotels to request locally sourced vegetables and fruits from their suppliers.
  • Getting acquainted with your agricultural community in the heart of Miami-Dade County, just 30 minutes south of downtown Miami. Produce stands, U-Pick fields and wineries offer something for everyone!