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West Kendall 

Rallies to be Healthy

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To get involved contact Michelle Mejia at 786-467-2030 or
For more information regarding the healthy hub, call 786-467-2030 or e-mail​​​

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Healthy West Kendall

The World Heath Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Creating a healthy community requires planning that weaves together access to preventive healthcare, infrastructure designed to support healthy lifestyles, an environment that encourages fitness and nutritious eating, and the use of art and culture to create a sense of place. Using this foundation and working with community stakeholders, the Healthy West Kendall (HWK) coalition seeks to create the healthiest community in Florida.

The West Kendall community is composed of approximately 390,000 residents, and its perimeter is roughly from SW 8th Street to SW 152nd Street and from west of the Turnpike expressway to Krome Avenue. In 2013 a Community Health Needs Assessment, performed in partnership with the Health Council of South Florida, revealed five priority health needs in this community.

  • Access to care
  • Availability of primary and preventive care
  • Chronic disease management
  • Heart and vascular disease
  • Healthy lifestyles: exercise and nutrition

West Kendall Baptist Hospital is currently addressing access to care, primary and preventative care and future availability of primary care physicians through its Family Medicine Center and Family Medicine Residency Program with Florida International University’s Wertheim College of Medicine.


Coalition Work Groups




Programs and Interventions


Healthy Hub

In 2014, a health and wellness kiosk was established in the lobby of West Kendall Baptist Hospital offering free health screenings, health risk assessments, personalized patient education, referrals for follow-up primary care, and information about free community resources for healthy living.

Culinary Ambassador Partnership

In partnership with award-winning Chef Adrienne Calvo, Chef Adrienne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, Chef Adrianne serves as a culinary ambassador to our Bamboo Café. Our collaboration highlights our commitment of creating the healthiest communities. 

CrossFit Champion Partnership

In partnership with four time CrossFit champion and fittest man on earth, Shawn Ramirez promotes and engages the Healthy West Kendall community to live and enjoy an active healthy lifestyle. Shawn is a pro at making fitness fun, easy and accessible to both children and adults.

Healthy West Kendall Goals


Use collective resources to influence & improve health outcomes of community residents.

Make "healthy" easy & attainable.

Obtain a healthy community designation.

With the input and active participation of our community partners, HWK will reduce the prevalence of chronic and preventable disease, create active and vibrant neighborhoods, and build a healthy community model that may be replicated in other communities nation wide.

Sugar Smart for Life


Sugar Smart for Life is a six-month program that teaches people with elevated blood sugar readings how to develop healthy lifestyle habits that can prevent diabetes before it starts. This is important given the health complications of diabetes, which include increased risk for stroke, heart and kidney diseases, and loss of vision or limbs.

West Kendall Baptist Hospital is offering this life-changing program to people with blood sugar values in the prediabetic range. As a Sugar Smart for Life participant, you become a Lifestyle Ambassador, and you will have access to the tools and education necessary to complete the program and change your life! These include:

• A wellness plan with tasks that make staying on track simple
• Use of HealthBook, a free mobile app to record results of home monitoring
• Coaching by a nurse to help you achieve your goals
• Monitoring of blood sugar, exercise and weight
• Home monitoring supplies
• Education on prediabetes, nutrition, physical activity and mindfulness to support your healthy lifestyle
• Healthy Hub screening upon being accepted into the program and re-screening at 3, 6 and 12 months

Our goal is to empower you to learn healthy lifestyle habits that can not only prevent disease but improve wellness and overall quality of life. If you’re ready to be healthy for life, don’t wait. Join Sugar Smart for Life today.

We invite to watch the following videos for tips to stay Sugar Smart for Life.



Thank You


Healthy West Kendall thanks its members and community business partners for their ongoing commitment to this community in providing their passion, time and talent so generously.​ ​​