Cultivate a sense of community that fosters diversity, innovation, and pride in Polk County while emphasizing a sense of place and recognizing the many physical assets and unique cultures of the area.
Automated Vehicles Forum
The Polk TPO Adviser Network is hosting a forum on automated vehicle initiatives. Learn how Florida is leading the pack in automated vehicle initiatives and what it will take to build smart roads to support a more connective future.
Tuesday, March 31
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Florida Polytechnic University
RSVP at www.polktpo.com/automated
Building a Healthier Polk Launches New Initiative
On Monday, January 12th the Building a Healthier Polk Initiative launched its 2015 healthy habits campaign to Polk County. Physicians from Lakeland Regional Health, Lakeside Pediatrics and Watson Clinic joined Dr. Ulyee Choe, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County, in a ceremony prescribing healthier, active living to Polk residents through the 5-2-1-0 Initiative.
The 5-2-1-0 Initiative promotes healthy eating and active living to prevent and reduce obesity. This effort encourages a life style with simple and healthier options by choosing:
- 5 – fruits and vegetables every day
- 2 – hours or less of screen time per day
- 1 – hour or more of physical activity every day
- 0 – sugar-sweetened drinks
The solution for obesity comes down to healthy choices. Obesity is a risk factor for chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. These are major causes of death and often result in preventable hospital stays. Polk County’s obesity rate exceeds the state’s average by more than 10%.