More than 70 people recently gathered at the Raso Education Center at Jupiter Medical Center to hear an update on the work that Healthier Jupiter has been doing in their five- to seven-year initiative to improve the health of our community. Project Director, Carrie Browne, shared the results of the 10 groups who received last year’s $2500 mini-grants. Highlights included a collaboration between American Youth Soccer and the culinary program at Jupiter Community High School to hold banquet featuring healthy food and education for the soccer league and the new “Rec on the Move” outreach program hosted by Town of Jupiter Recreation Department to bring healthy activities to our community parks. Guests also heard about Healthier Jupiter’s monthly “Walk & Talk” program, its funding of Jupiter Tequesta Athletic League (JTAA) scholarships and seasonal Jupiter Farmer’s Market at El Sol, and the weekly “Zumba in the Park” program, among others.
Joanna Peluso, Healthier Jupiter’s Outreach Coordinator, shared the results of their second year-long health survey, which showed that 62% of our residents feel they need to lose weight, 65% would like to be more active, and only 40% are aware of the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. Healthier Jupiter is a community initiative addressing health and quality of life issues starting with diabetes. Diabetes was selected because promoting healthy lifestyles can lower diabetes risk and complications as well as many other chronic diseases.
Mrs. Browne also unveiled Healthier Jupiter’s new “Walk on Jupiter” initiative; a physical fitness challenge to encourage everyone in our community to walk and COLLECTIVELY achieve the distance it would take to land on the planet Jupiter. Walking is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to increase your physical activity. You can join the Walk on Jupiter challenge by becoming a Walking Captain creating and leading your own group, or by joining a Walking Crew.
For information on all of Healthier Jupiter’s programs or to become a Walking Captain, please visit healthierjupiter.org or contact Project Director, Carrie Browne at (561)-263-7580, or carrie.jupiter@HealthierTogetherPBC.org.
About Healthier Jupiter
Healthier Jupiter is a community initiative addressing health and quality of life issues starting with diabetes. Diabetes was selected because promoting healthy lifestyles can lower diabetes risk and complications as well as many other chronic diseases. Healthier Jupiter is funded through a generous grant from Palm Healthcare Foundation as part of its Healthier Together Initiative. Healthier Together is a long-term, place based funding approach designed to solve the community’s most complex healthcare issues, neighborhood by neighborhood.