|The Healthy Communities Coalition is comprised of interested citizen, public and private organizations along with governmental agencies who believe in supporting and improving the health of their community. Increasing opportunities for active living is an important component of health in the built environment. With 68% of Americans overweight or obese this is becoming the driving force for diabetes and other related chronic diseases even in children which are preventable. Consequently, unhealthy weight gain in the population is predominantly a result of consuming too many calories while involved in little or no physical activity.|
Additional Information and Partnerships
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Healthy Communities Program
E-Mail: Deborah Chesna
2013 Monthly Meeting Schedule
Healthy Community Events
Healthy Communities Coalition meets monthly at the East Naples Community Center on the third Wednesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m (calendar).
Collier County Government Complex Farmer's Market
Healthy Community Resources and Tool Kit
Healthy Community Tool Kit
|Find research studies and articles here to enhance your understanding of health in the built environment. The correlation between public health and the built environment is an emerging area of study, evidenced in fact that it is the focus of two of the five current American Planning Association national research projects: planning for food access and planning for public health.|
Designing Healthy Communities Series by Dr. Richard Jackson
The Collier County Health Department and Smart Growth Coalition do not promote or receive any profits from the Designing Healthy Communities books, DVD's or CD's written by Dr. Richard Jackson. The links provided are for instructional purposes only and are not intended as an endorsement of any products for sale on the website.
Dr. Richard Jackson explains the link between our health and the way our communities - especially our suburbs - are designed. Obesity, asthma, diabetes and heart disease are all aggravated by the auto-centric way we live our lives today. It's no secret that today's generations of children are likely to have shorter lives than their parents because of their unhealthy lifestyles. It doesn't have to be this way. Well-designed communities can improve both physical and mental health, as Dr. Jackson explains in this four-part public television series and the accompanying book Designing Healthy Living.
Episode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia
Episode 2: Rebuilding Places of the Heart
Episode 3: Social Policy in Concrete
Episode 4: Searching for Shangri La
|Across the country, our nation's youth and population are becoming increasingly overweight. Early screening is an important tool to help health practitioners and parents monitor a child's risk of excessive weight gain which can often create struggles with self-esteem. However, if healthy dietary habits and regular exercise are adopted early in life, the tendency to gain weight can be reversed or reduced.|
Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.Adam Fundora
Nursing Program Specialist
E-Mail: Adam Fundora