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Healthy Communities Coalition

Healthy Communities Coalition Healthy Communities Coalition LogoThe Healthy Communities Coalition is a partnership of community members and groups working to protect, promote, and improve the health of our community.

The Milken Institute projects that with better wellness choices regarding nutrition, exercise, and tobacco, the US can avoid 40 million cases of chronic disease in 2023. Our partnerships create healthier environments where we live, work, and play.

Farmers' Markets- Collier County has several farmers’ markets with fresh fruits and vegetables grown locally.

Reasons to buy local produce:

  • Tastes better and is better for you
  • Supports local farm families and businesses
  • Protects genetic diversity of produce
  • Preserves agricultural landscape
  • Saves energy and uses less petroleum and gas

For more information, please visit Crops in Season and Locally Grown Food.

Join us to improve the health of our community:

Built Environment Committee- The physical parts of where we live and work, like buildings, streets, sidewalks, and parks, have a big impact on our health choices. Join this partnership of community advocates, engineers, policy experts, educators, and volunteers to influence healthy community design.

Meets 2nd Friday of each month, NCH Telford Library, Naples.

Community Traffic Safety Team-Beyond the design- education, enforcement, emergency services, and engineering make our use of the built environment more safe and efficient. From supporting bike helmet events to roundabout education, join this team to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes in our community.

Meets 4th Thursday of each month, Collier County Growth Management, Naples.

Worksite Wellness Committee- The average full-time American employee spends more than one-third of their day, five days per week, at the workplace- nearly 24% of their total weekly hours! Join us for resources and support to make your worksite a place that promotes and improves your health. Visit our Healthy Businesses Page.

Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month, Moorings Park, Naples.

You do not have to join a committee to make a difference in public health.
To get started, please contact:

Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Reggie Wilson
Healthy Communities Coordinator
Telephone: 239.252.2594
E-Mail: Reginald Wilson

Key Partnership: 

Blue Zones Project LogoThe Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida is committed to making the healthy choice the easy choice in worksites, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, faith-based and other organizations, and community policy. Their strategy supports communities in using “The Power 9” principles- evidence-based traits of communities around the world that live longer, more fulfilling lives. Take a quiz to calculate your biological age, overall life expectancy, and healthy life expectancy, and learn about upcoming events at Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida.

The Built Environment/ Healthy Community Design: 

Designing Healthy Communities Series by Dr. Richard Jackson

The Florida Department of Health in Collier County does not promote or receive any profits from the Designing Healthy Communities books, DVD's or CD's written by Dr. Richard Jackson. The links provided are for instructional purposes only and are not intended as an endorsement of any products for sale on the website.

Dr. Richard Jackson explains the link between our health and the way our communities - especially our suburbs - are designed. Obesity, asthma, diabetes and heart disease are all aggravated by the auto-centric way we live today. It's no secret that today's generations of children are likely to have shorter lives than their parents because of their unhealthy lifestyles. It doesn't have to be this way. Well-designed communities can improve both physical and mental health, as Dr. Jackson explains in this four-part public television series and the accompanying book Designing Healthy Living.

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