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For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2014
Media Contact:
Edith Torres

Wild Morning Mile presented by AVMED at Zoo Miami kicks off Miami-Dade Parks' Fit2play Summer Camp Morning Mile Program

(MIAMI, June 11, 2014) — Miami-Dade Parks’ Morning Mile® program kicks off Saturday, June 14, at 7:30 a.m. with “Wild Morning Mile” presented by AvMed at Zoo Miami, a one-mile scenic walk through the zoo.  Former Miami Heat star Tim Hardaway and former Miami Dolphins perfect season team member Dick Anderson will lead the walkers in the Morning Mile and each participant will receive a chain and collectible “paw print” charm upon completion of the course.

WHAT: Wild Morning Mile is open to Miami-Dade Parks’ Fit2Play registered summer campers and Miami-Dade County employees who pre-register. Participants can stay afterwards and enjoy the zoo.  Cost is $5/person.  

WHEN: Saturday, June 14, 2014

WHERE: Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL  33132 

WHO: Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill will emcee the event.  VIP Guests include: 

About AvMed:

In 1969, AvMed began in South Florida as Aviation Medicine to serve the growing airline industry by providing pilot physicals. Today, with offices in every major metropolitan area of the state, AvMed aims to inspire its membership of 300,000 Floridians to “Embrace better health.” AvMed provides Medicare Advantage coverage in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Individual and Family coverage in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties and Commercial coverage in more than 30 counties across the state. Major employer clients have been partners for decades, a testament to AvMed’s culture of service, which consistently ranks above statewide peers. For more information, visit

About Morning Mile®:

Created by Fitzness International LLC, the Morning Mile® program provides participating schools or parks with a program guidebook and everything needed to bring the exercise program to their students. The program has been so successful with over 160 programs in Florida, Texas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, Canada and on a US Air Force Base near Tokyo, Japan, that venues around the United States and beyond have applied to participate so they can implement the program as well. A grant from AvMed provided the funding for the Morning Mile starter kits, which give parks the instructions and materials to start the program. To learn more about launching or sponsoring the program, visit 

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:

Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit

About The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities. For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit