Broward should be the healthiest place to live in America! Unfortunately, people put their health last and poor eating habits and inactivity have become the norm. We need to reverse this trend and combat barriers for individuals to address their health concerns.
The prevalence of chronic diseases linked to the obesity epidemic, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer, has increased sharply and is the highest among Broward women as well as our low-income and minority residents.
Communities throughout the country, including Broward, are plagued by the effects of unhealthy lifestyles. According to the 2016 Florida Health Charts, 63% of adults are obese or overweight and children born after 2010 will be the first generation in our nation's history to die younger than their parents due to this epidemic.
We have an opportunity to “tip the scales” in the right direction through efforts that change behavior, improve lives and create a healthier community for everyone.
To empower adults to take control of their health to prevent and reverse serious lifestyle-related illnesses.
The Foundation has learned that the health of our adult residents is profoundly shaped by economic factors coupled with medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Poor health correlates with communities without easy access to healthy food options, safe places to exercise and economic stresses. Also, health is not a priority for many who are dealing with daily survival challenges.
Through BFit, our Fundholders empower people to make healthy choices and live an active lifestyle to help them maintain good physical health and well-being.