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NEW INITIATIVE: Healthy Campfire Cooking Program

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015

Contact: Communications Office
(850) 245-4111

Healthiest Weight Florida and the Department of Environmental Protection Announce the Healthy Campfire Cooking Program

TALLAHASSEE—Today, the Florida Department of Health, in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, launched the Healthy Campfire Cooking Program. This program expands campfire cooking classes currently offered in Florida's state parks and trails to include healthy food options.

"Camping is a healthy outdoor activity, and this program emphasizes the value of healthy outdoor cooking," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "The Florida Department of Health is proud to collaborate with the Department of Environmental Protection and state park rangers to promote healthy camping habits throughout the state."

"Hiking, biking, paddling and swimming are just some of the activities visitors can participate in as they seek a healthier lifestyle in Florida's state parks and trails," said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. "With the introduction of Healthy Campfire Cooking to the rich assortment of programs available in state parks, the Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Environmental Protection are providing more opportunities for people to enjoy the natural and cultural resources of Florida."

This partnership program offers Florida's park visitors healthy campfire recipes and the opportunity to learn safe campfire preparation and cooking skills through classes led by state park rangers. Recipe options include Mexican chicken and bean packets, campfire vegetable medley and herbed salmon. Each recipe is accompanied by nutrition information and suggested activities to help offset the calories of each meal. A new campfire cooking activity is also available for Junior Rangers.

To get recipe information and learn more about the program, visit To find cooking classes in your area contact your local state park or visit

Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, businesses and entire communities to help Florida's children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.

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