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Miami-Dade Parks' Fit2Play wins state-wide "Sapphire Award" for Outstanding Program

MIAMI (May 03, 2017)

Fit2Play™, a childhood obesity prevention program of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, has been honored by the Florida Blue Foundation, a branch of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation Inc., with the “2017 Sapphire Award.” As the winner for the “program category,” Fit2Play™ received $50,000. 

Fit2Play™ is the gold standard, evidence-based after-school program model of the National Parks and Recreation Association. The daily program includes Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK) and EmpowerMe4Life, a nutrition education curriculum grounded in the American Heart Association's recommendations.

The Sapphire Awards honor outstanding work by individuals, programs and nonprofit organizations in community health care, or health care-related fields, distinguished by leadership, innovation and achievements in community health.

Miami-Dade Parks was among 15 winners, runners-up and honorable mentions named altogether at the conclusion of the two-day Sapphire Symposium, on April 20, 2017, in Orlando, that featured community health experts from around the state and country.

View a complete list of Sapphire Award recipients here. “The state of Florida is fortunate to have so many outstanding individuals, programs and organizations focusing on community health," said Florida Blue Foundation Vice President Susan Towler. “They all care deeply about the people they serve, and they are a major force in helping Florida Blue in its mission to help people and communities achieve better health.”

“On behalf of our Parks Department and the Miami-Dade Parks Foundation, I must say we are thrilled and honored to receive this prestigious award from the Florida Blue Foundation,” said Miami-Dade Parks Deputy Director Maria Nardi.  “These funds will allow us to continue to provide our youth with more of the same great Fit2Play™ programming that is helping them to live healthier lives.”

About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.