Cultivate partnerships to further the implementation of wellness programs.

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Target: Cultivate partnerships to further the implementation of wellness programs.

Wellness programs play a key role in enhancing quality of life. Having access to healthy food options and resources that foster physical, mental, and social wellbeing are critical to maintaining a vibrant community. The City is continuously focused on creating opportunities to promote community wellness through the expansion and cultivation of new partnerships.

Since 2018, the City has collaborated with local residents, community partners, and healthcare providers to provide the Southside Farmers Market and Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Rx Program. This partnership increases access to fresh produce for the Bond Neighborhood. During the 2023 Southside Farmers Market season, local farmers offered approximately 2.5 tons of fresh food to the community. In fiscal year 2023, 50 participants completed the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Rx program. The program is complimentary to the Southside Farmers Market and is offered in partnership with the City of Tallahassee, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and Second Harvest of the Big Bend. . Another cohort is planned for fiscal year 2024. Additionally, the City is continuing its partnership with Second Harvest to distribute healthy food to families and youth in our community centers. This year, staff have created a Second Harvest Food Pantry Program at Walker Ford for residents and families in the Bond community. In addition to the food pantry at Walker Ford, another pantry was established at the Teen Center.

To serve the needs of our Senior community, the City provides a number of comprehensive health and wellness programs through longstanding and new partnerships. In 2022, the City was awarded the Innovation in Health Award by the National Recreation and Park Association for its UPSLIDE Program. Utilizing and Promoting Social Engagement for Loneliness, Isolation and Depression in the Elderly, or UPSLIDE, is a unique, comprehensive program of the Tallahassee Senior Center (TSC) that provides social interaction opportunities for people age 50 and up. UPLSIDE is a partnership between the City and the TSC Foundation. Since 2018, UPSLIDE has helped nearly 500 participants.

Through these and many other expanding partnerships, the City is working to foster a culture of health in the community. In 2023, the City offered health awareness events via Zoom, Facebook, and in-person. By educating residents on healthy eating, creating opportunities to access healthy food options, and providing extensive wellness programs, Tallahassee is becoming a stronger, more resilient community.

Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs. Last Updated: Last updated: January 2024.