How is Jupiter’s five-year ‘Healthier Jupiter’ program going?


Jupiter program promotes exercise and socializing

Ten local organizations are involved in Jupiter program

An update on Healthier Jupiter — a local program aimed at promoting fitness in the town — is scheduled at Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. council meeting.

Healthier Jupiter is entering its third year in a five-year community program to promote healthy living. The program concentrates on four areas, which include increasing awareness of resources and risk factors of diabetes, boosting access to healthy foods, increasing physical activities and better access to medical care.

Healthier Jupiter works with 10 not-for-profit and civic organizations.

They include: American Youth Soccer, El Sol, Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center, Els for Autism, FAU Lifelong Learning Society Jupiter, Jupiter Church of God, Jupiter Elementary PTO, MyClinic, The School District of Palm Beach County, Town of Jupiter Recreation Department, and YMCA of South Palm Beach County.

“Our vision is that the Greater Jupiter community working together will support each person to live the healthiest life possible. We are working to mobilize our community toward action and empower community members to find solutions,” Healthier Jupiter Project Manager Carrie Browne wrote in a memo to the town.

Healthier Jupiter plans to host a community meeting July 26 to share the findings of its Community Needs Assessment.

Here are some of the activities promoted by Healthier Jupiter:

- 120 people participated in Healthier Jupiter Walk and Talks — a free, regular event to promote physical activity and community. These recreational paced walks combine learning, socializing and exercise.

- More than 50 bike riders participated at the first Bike Valet in partnership with the town and Boy Scout Troop 774. Information on how to run a Bike Valet has been provided to two organizations.

- A “windshield tour” was hosted with 20 community leaders on a Molly’s Trolley to view Greater Jupiter’s roadways, sidewalks and bicycle lanes through the perspective of national walkability and bikeability expert Mark Fenton.

- A zumba dance pilot program in partnership with the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center and the town launched in the South Pines Neighborhood Park has had participation of more than 75 community members since September.

- More than 100 high school students attended a presentation about walkability and bikeability in Jupiter.

- Three student films focusing on adding physical activity and walking/bicycling safety were made. The students were recognized by the Palm Beach County School District Wellness Taskforce.

- A diabetes nurse educator made six diabetes awareness/cooking demonstrations at the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center. About 230 persons attended.

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