Community Health Improvement Plan brings weekend workouts to Gulf County

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

The same programs will be offered on June 21 and 28 at the times and locations listed. A Zumba class will not be offered on June 21. Free pedometers are available to all participants to help them count both their steps and their calories.

“I got started with the walking program due to a family challenge to become healthier and fit,” said Scott Warner, a Port St. Joe resident. “I’ve sat back for so long watching my father have health issues only to come to the realization that I am only following in his footsteps if I don’t change my lifestyle now while I am young.”

Warner said he takes his children along on the walks and said they like taking in the local scenery and wildlife and enjoy using the pedometer to track their progress.

“I want to show my children that exercise is important, and what better way than taking a walk with them,” said Warner.

In addition to the Saturday Fitness Variety Pack, other CHIP initiatives include implementing worksite wellness opportunities, teaching tobacco prevention curriculum in schools and hosting healthy cooking demonstrations at local grocery stores.

“Building a healthier Gulf County began as a community-wide initiative with the goal of identifying and addressing health needs,” said Marsha Lindeman, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin Counties. “We understand that community health is a community challenge. Improving health outcomes will be more sustainable by working together.”

The CHIP partners meet on the last Wednesday of every month at noon at Sunset Coastal Grill in Port St. Joe.

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