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Florida Health Cleans Up!

By Ryan Mims - 850-892-8040 x1159

November 19, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ryan Mims

November 13, 2014 (850) 892-8040 ext.1159

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH LAUNCHESFLORIDA HEALTH CLEANS UP!

Adopts over 100 miles of roads, trails, beaches, and parks to keep our paradise litter free

WALTON COUNTY– The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) recently announced the launch of theFlorida Health Cleans Up!Project in support of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) roadside litter prevention media campaign released earlier this year titled "Drive it home…Keep Our Paradise Litter Free."

Locally, twenty-eight DOH-Walton employees are participating inFlorida Health Cleans Up!Almost one and a half miles of State Highway 83 will be "swept" quarterly by this team starting at the intersection with US Highway 90 to Walton Road. DOH-Walton began this project on November 5, 2014.

"We are excited about participating in this project. It takes all of us working together as a community to keep Walton County beautiful and free of liter," stated Holly Holt, DOH-Walton Administrator and Health Officer. "Doing simple outside activities such as picking up trash is an easy way to be physically active. We hope that DOH-Walton can lead by example as it works to promote a healthy and active lifestyle."

Florida Health Cleans Up!is a venture of Healthiest Weight Florida, a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, businesses and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living. The Department’s goal is to encourage physical activity and walking while emphasizing how small choices affect your health and environment.

More information about Healthiest Weight Florida andFlorida Health Cleans Up!is available atwww.HealthiestWeightFL.com. For more information about DOH-Walton and its local activities, please visitwalton.floridahealth.gov.

The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. During 2014, the Department is recognizing 125 years of public health in Florida with educational opportunities and events. Please visitwww.FLHealth125.govfor more information.

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