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Healthiest Weight in Nassau County

Florida Department of Health in Nassau County Community Health Education

Florida Health Healthiest Weight

What is Healthiest Weight Florida?

The number one public health threat to Florida's future is unhealthy weight.

Currently, only 36 percent of Floridians are at a healthy weight. On our current trend, by 2030, almost 60 percent will be obese. Additionally, six out of ten children born today will be obese by the time they graduate high school.

Over the next 20 years in Florida, obesity is expected to contribute to millions of cases of preventable chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, costing an estimated $34 billion. To address this important public health issue, the Department of Health launched the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative in January 2013.

Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.

Healthiest Weight in Nassau County

The community of Nassau County has conducted multiple community health assessments that reveal obesity to be the number one public health issue. Likewise, there are many different community efforts to prevent and lower the rate of obesity in the county.  Nassau County overweight and obesity data is below (source:

Nassau County Overweight and Obesity Chart. Adults who are overweight or obese overall.

Walk with Me Program

 Walk With Me Partnership for a Healthier Nassau

WALK WITH ME:  Sponsored by NCHIC, this unique program challenges community members and organizations to create walking groups and encourages them to participate in upcoming WALK WITH ME events.  For more information, please contact Walk with Me Community Champion and UF/Nassau County Extension Agent, Meg McAlpine (904) 530-6359.


This program, established by Florida’s Surgeon General, Dr. John Armstrong, highlights best practices and policies that local governments can implement to increase physical activity and improve nutrition in their jurisdiction. The City of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County have  been recognized as 2015 Community Champions. Our congratulations and appreciation to the City and County for making health a priority in our community!

 2015 Healthy Weight Community Champion City of Fernandina Beach 

2015 Healthy Weight Community Champion Nassau County


Florida Department of Health (DOH) staff participates in this statewide project to increase physical activity for employees and contribute to healthier, litter-free environments. DOH-Nassau chose the John Muir Ecological Park for our local project. This beautiful park, located in Yulee, is part of the Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc. Adopt-A-Spot program. 

John Muir Ecological Park