Overpath becomes Recreation Destination!!

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AOABridge_3AOABridge_2AOABridge_1The Active Older Adults of Lauderhill have taken their workout outdoors. Using the newly paved and lit walking paths and the hill challenge of the Overpath, they are spending time with friends and improving their health and wellbeing. Proof positive: better built environments create healthier behaviors!!

Sneak Peek at the “Art of Community” Plans

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The Live Well Lauderhill initiative continues to work through the complex layers of permissions necessary to install the Art of Community project. Everyone is working hard to design and install a community-led public work of art. Community members, teen leaders, city officials, FP & L, the Broward County School District, and FIU professors are working collaboratively to make this awesome design a reality. Follow the link for a sneak peek of the project design!

http://www.robertorovira.com/?news=florida-turnpike-pedestrian-overpass-project-green-lighted

The Art of Community Project Moves to Next Phase

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Y Leaders, FIU Artists, and Mayor Kaplan discuss opportunities

Y Leaders, FIU Artists, and Mayor Kaplan discuss opportunities

Live Well Lauderhill champion, Mayor Kaplan, greets the students

Live Well Lauderhill champion, Mayor Kaplan, greets the students

Awaiting student leader response

Awaiting student leader response

FIU Art Professors Present their designs to Lauderhill student leaders

FIU Art Professors Present their designs to Lauderhill student leaders

In support of the Own the Overpath project, the Community Foundation of Broward has provided the Y of Broward County with funding to support the development and installation of a community designed public art project. Students, community members, city and Turnpike Authority officials, and many others have been working for several months to develop a vision for this project. The community’s vision for this project was formed through several meetings and student trips to FIU to meet with Professors Jacek Kolasinski and Roberto Rovira and a team of graduate students. FIU professors then returned to the Lauderhill Y to present the plan to the student leaders for approval. The project is now being presented at HOA meetings and the Lauderhill City Commission. Installation of this amazing work will take place this fall!

Live Well Lauderhill Inspires Pioneering Healthy Communities Expansion!

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Health Corridor MapThe amazing success of the Live Well Lauderhill project has inspired leaders in Broward County to begin thinking about increasing the impact. Recognizing that the Y anchors the work of the Live Well Lauderhill project, leaders are working to establish a “Health Corridor” that spans from Lauderhill Y east to the join with the L A Lee YMCA, located in the heart of 33311. Community leaders from the L A Lee YMCA have begun to build their own Pioneering Healthy Communities team consisting of board members, community members, older adults, teen leaders, and community organizations. This team has begun conducting community forums and windshield tours.

Eventually, the L A Lee PHC team will create their own name in the spirit of Live Well Lauderhill and begin a blog about their efforts. In the meantime, updates will be posted to the Live Well Lauderhill blog as we begin to build the Health Corridor which will stretch from the Lauderhill Y to the L A Lee YMCA.

The above map identifies all the locations of the Y programs within the Health Corridor. In fact, through amazing community partners such as the Children’s Services Council, the Health Foundation of South Florida, The Jim Moran Foundation, the Community Foundation of Broward, and the City of Lauderhill, among others, the Y invests over $5 Million annually in this region to serve the community through afterschool programs, health and wellness programming for children, families, and older adults, and summer camps! As we begin to work collectively with community members, community partners, and funders, the opportunities to continue to improve the health and wellbeing of this community is unlimited! Join this dynamic effort to build healthy communities where the healthy choice is the easy and affordable choice for all!

Live Well Lauderhill welcomes communities from around the nation

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Students deliver the message

Students deliver the message

Leader discuss

Leader discuss

Reuniting with colleague Mark Fenton

Reuniting with colleague Mark Fenton

Who's the student now?

Who’s the student now?

Broward County was the host site for the Statewide Pioneering Healthy Communities and REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) conference. This event was sponsored by the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Live Well Lauderhill was a host site for one of the mobile workshops and the students of Live Well Lauderhill conducted a plenary session to communicate their story with communities from around the country. A special treat was reconnecting Mark Fenton, national expert and leader of our first community tour in Lauderhill, with the Live Well Lauderhill students. He congratulated the students on their amazing work and on how much taller they all are than when he met them in November 2011!