The Healthy State Initiative
With a southern city listed as one of the fattest cities in
the nation and a northern city listed as one of the fittest,
Florida is at a crossroads when it comes to having a healthy
state. While Jacksonville jumped from years past to become even
fitter, Miami fell even further securing its place as one of
the fattest. But how could that be? It’s the same climate,
same state – they should be equally as fit, but unfortunately
that is not the case.
That is why programs like A Healthy State are imperative to
creating a more unified state – health-wise. A program
designed by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration,
A Healthy State helps Florida residents on Medicaid learn more
about living a healthy lifestyle. If you don’t what you
are doing wrong, you will never know how to make it right.
The basis behind the program is two-fold: one, make Floridians
healthier and thereby, two, lowering the staggering costs of
health related services for the ill and overweight. It’s
a simple equation, when you are healthy, you see the doctor
less. The program is run by a team of professionals who assist
participants with everything from learning about their condition
to how to talk to their doctor, from what not to eat to how
to stay fit. They give interested parties the tools and resources
to make educated and healthful decisions about themselves.
Physicians participate in this program, as well. Florida doctors
and hospitals are given training on how to deal with these participants
and how to communicate with them to encourage their healthy
lifestyle. The state of Florida is committed to making this
program work and touching the lives of our residents who need
it most. In its first year the program helped 150,000 patients
and the numbers continue to grow.
From community support and the dedication of the plans participants,
this program will help so many more people across the state.
For more information on becoming a part of the A Healthy State
initiative, contact the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.