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.

The five priority health needs for the community are:

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

Goal #1

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

Goal #2

Make "healthy" easy & attainable

Goal #3

Obtain a healthy community designation

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. We are 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.

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 are ready to be healthy for life, do not wait. Join Sugar Smart for Life today.

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.

2020 Community Impact Report

West Kendall Baptist Hospital is currently addressing access to care, primary and preventative care and future availability of primary care physicians. To learn more about our impact in the community, check out our 2020 Community Impact Report.