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West Kendall Rallies to be Healthy

Healthy West Kendall

healthy familyThe Healthy West Kendall coalition challenges area residents to make a personal commitment to health and wellness, with the ambitious goal of creating the Healthiest Community in Florida.

Powered by West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Health​y West Kendall brings together community stakeholders including business leaders, local government, health department officials, schools, churches, police/fire departments, civic organizations and neighbors to support healthy, active lifestyles and address the key factors that influence our health, from the built environment and spaces that surround us to determinants that influence our behaviors and choices to live healthier.

The coalition grew out of a 2013 community needs assessment that identified five healthcare priorities for the 300,000 people in the hospital’s service area:

  • Access to care
  • Availability of primary and preventive care
  • Chronic disease management
  • Heart and v​ascular disease
  • Exercise and nutrition

  • An active, healthy lifestyle supports each of these priorities. West Kendall Baptist Hospital is currently addressing access to care, primary and preventive care and future availability of primary care physicians through its Family Medicine Center and Family Medicine Residency Program with Florida International University’s Wertheim School of Medicine. The hospital’s entire workforce of physicians, nurses and employees is engaged in educating and inspiring the community to live healthier.

    Miami-Dade County’s health statistics point to the pressing need for this initiative: only 32% of adults maintain optimal weight (for Hispanics, the figure is 29%) and only 55% of adults are physically active. Inactivity is especially acute among young people: only 37% of high school students are physically active. Dietary issues compound the problem, with only about 23% of Miami adults (18% of Hispanics) eating daily fruits and vegetables as recommended. The West Kendall community is about 75% Hispanic.

    Residents are encouraged to pledge to live healthier, live happier and live longer. Pledge cards are available at Healthy West Kendall community events and programs, as well as at the hospital and community partner sites. 

    Healthy West Kendall accepts donations to develop this community to be the healthiest in Florida.  To make a donation to support Healthy West Kendall please call 786-467-3400.

    Learn more​ about how you can help us make West Kendall the healthiest community in Florida. ​

    Healthy West Kendall Introduces the Healthy Hub

    Prevention is the key to maintaining an optimum state of health and wellness, and, thanks to Healthy West Kendall’s new Healthy Hub, you can find free preventive healthcare close to home.

    The Healthy Hub at West Kendall Baptist Hospital is easy and convenient. It’s located at the entrance to the main lobby, so you can walk in, and in 15 minutes check your health and talk to a healthcare professional about simple steps you can take to optimize your well-being.

    healthy hubHere are some of the vital statistics you can check at the Healthy Hub:

  • Blood pressure
  • Blood glucose
  • Blood cholesterol
  • Body mass index and percentage of body fat
  • Your heart score from the American Heart Association’s MyLifeCheck

  • You can also find:

  • How healthy your current lifestyle is and how you can change it for the better.
  • A referral for follow-up care, if needed.
  • Information about free healthy living resources in our community.

  • The Healthy West Kendall Healthy Hub is a partnership with the American Heart Association. The AHA recommends the following simple steps to better health:

    1.  Get active
    2.  Eat better
    3.  Stop smoking
    4.  Lose weight
    5.  Control cholesterol
    6.  Manage blood pressure
    7.  Reduce blood sugar

    Visit the Healthy Hub today and take action to live healthier, happier and longer. For more information, please call 786-467-3030.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​