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Rx4health Program

RX4Heath is a health prescription program developed by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. Prescribed RX4Health can be a treatment alternative for overweight, obese or physically inactive youth and/or adults or as a prevention tool for patients beginning to exhibit or make unhealthy lifestyle choices, or for those challenged with maintaining a healthy weight. 

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Youth Benefits

Your doctor has prescribed (for your child) participation in an evidenced based afterschool program, Fit2Play. The Fit2Play After-school Program curriculum includes activities and games (SPARK) that are designed to keep kids active and engaged for 45 minutes daily: homework time

  • Nutrition education
  • Recreationional activities

Pre and post testing that includes performance and biometric measures will be taken, tracked and an analysis of findings will be shared with your Pediatrician. This is valuable information that can be used to successfully manage the health of your child.

Benefits

  • Kids lose excess fat and improve their physical fitness
  • Kids with high blood pressure, lower their blood pressure levels
  • Kids maintain a healthy weight and body mass index (BMI) throughout the school year
  • Kids are taught nutritional information that they can use on a daily basis
  • Kids learn fun, new ways to exercise with other children who become new friends
  • Kids develop and improve their motor skills, movement knowledge, and social and personal skills
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Adult Benefits

Your doctor has prescribed participation in an evidence base low impact adult exercise program/class or activity as a lifestyle change intended to optimize your health.

Programs are generally provided to accommodate different levels of ability. Program options that your physician can choose from include:

  • Walk for Life
  • Enhance Fitness
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Pilates
  • Tai Chi
  • Water Aerobics

Benefits:

  • Improve your chances of living longer and living healthier
  • protect you from developing heart disease, high blood pressure
  • protect you from developing certain cancers
  • prevent type 2 diabetes
  • prevent osteoporosis
  • reduce the risk of falling
  • improve cognitive functioning
  • relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • prevent weight gain, promotes weight loss
  • improve heart-lung and muscle fitness
  • improve sleep

Obesity and its health related consequences constitute some of the most challenging and costly public health threats currently facing our nation. Health care professionals are tasked to deliver not only medical care, but important information about chronic disease prevention strategies including physical activity and proper nutrition to maintain healthy weight, but are often challenged with time limitations during patient visits.

This presents a unique opportunity for healthcare providers to liaison with community partners to support the maintenance of healthy lifestyle behaviors. Specifically, the park setting and their park and recreation practitioners can provide a convenient and supportive locale/expertise for all family members to sustain their health and wellness efforts well beyond the doctor visit.

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Fit2Play Program Locations

Baptist Health of Miami locations for kids:

Wellness classes for adults:

Wellness opportunities for adults:

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List of Adult Locations

North Region:

Central Region:

South Region:

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Life's Simple 7 Tips for Kids

Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life. To do that, it’s important to do the things that make you less likely to develop diseases and to know how to get better if you get sick. Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most important ways to make sure you are feeling your very best. As a young person, if you start doing small things every day that keep your body healthy, you have a better chance of living a longer, happier and healthier life.

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Walk with Ease Program

This program teaches you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life. You may use the workbook to guide you through the self-directed program, or you can participate in a six-week group program led by a trained leader. The information and strategies used are based on research and tested programs in exercise science, behavior change and arthritis management. The Arthritis Foundation states that in an evaluation by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging at the University of North Carolina, the program increases balance, strength and walking pace, as well as reduces pain.

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Active Living Every Day

Active Living Everyday helps you make changes in your everyday life to make active living possible. The six-week program teaches how to set realistic goals, avoid pitfalls and find support for becoming active.

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Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program

The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program classes are conducted by trained instructors and include joint range of motion, stretching, breathing and light aerobic activities in the water. The six-week program typically meets two or three times per week for one hour. This program is designed for anyone with arthritis, related rheumatic diseases, or musculoskeletal conditions.

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