FLIPANY's mission is to empower youth and adults through physical activity and nutrition programs while raising awareness and creating policy changes for healthier communities. Chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity are amont the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. (CDC)
As of 2012 about half of all adults - 117 million people - have one or more chronic health conditions. One of four adults has two or more. (CDC) Obesity is a serious healthy concern. During 2009-10 more than one third of adults or about 78 million people, were obese. Nearly one in 5 youth age 2-19 was obese. (CDC) 23.5% of adults in Miami-Dade County have diagnosed hypertension, 36.9% have diagnosed high blood cholesterol and 65% are either overweight or obese. (Florida Department of Health, 2007).
Overview of the majority of FLIPANY's programs highlighting youth, adults and seniors involved in fun, active learning about health and wellness.
CEO Lynne Kunins from FLIPANY on Inside South Florida!
Over the past 7 years, FLIPANY has developed and implemented a very successful food access model where we provide eligible afterschool programs with delicious and nutritious snacks and meals for children to eat before they go home. FLIPANY’s unique ability to do this work is shown by our current successes in expansion and outreach.
We combat childhood obesity and foster character development with the evidence-based, group mentoring program Soccer for Success developed by the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
FLIPANY Fun Run is driven by our Running Clinics offered for free during the fall to prepare for the run. We have also added paddle boarding to the mix for more physical fun!
FLIPANY’s Spring Break Adventure Camp gives access to Mountain Biking; Life Skills, Healthy Cooking and Nutrition Education to underprivileged kids ages 12 to 16.
Our mission is to empower youth and adults through physical activity and nutrition programs while raising awareness and creating policy changes for healthier communities. FLIPANY is the South Florida Trips for Kids Chapter, a national mountain bike program that aims to increase physical activity for disadvantaged youth through getting kids on bikes.
FLIPANY is an approved Meal Sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a program federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Summer Foods is a great opportunity for children in the community to have nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the summer term.
Provide hands on cooking and healthy snack preparation for families in low income areas. These classes teach kids and parents why choosing healthy foods is important and how to prepare healthy food for a lifetime!
Program Impact: 91% of participants demonstrated an improved change in nutritional behavior. This represented 61 individuals, 23 of whom increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, 19 of whom increased selection of whole grains, 24 of whom decreased consumption of fried vegetables, and 25 of whom decreased consumption of soda.
72% (48 participants ) reported an increase in self efficacy related to nutrition, and thereby indicated the ability to make healthier choices.
42% (24 participants) reported a decrease in their BMI.
43% (29 participants) reported they were more confident in making healthy choices
Earn-A-Bike is a bicycle recycle program, where teens learn to fix a donated bike, and on graduation get to keep the bike they have fixed. The program teaches goal setting, bike repair, job skills and increases physical activity.
Afterschool and Summer Meal Program
FLIPANY has developed and implemented a very successful model where we provide eligible afterschool and summer programs with delicious and nutritious snacks and meals for children to eat before they go home. FLIPANY’s unique ability to do this work is shown by our current successes:
In Miami-Dade and Broward counties FLIPANY serves over 110 locations:
Through the Afterschool Meal Program: (operates during the school year)
5,000 healthy snacks daily (850,000 snacks during the school year )
1,450 health meals daily (261,000 healthy meals during the school year)
3,330 children are served daily in 72 Afterschool programs across Miami-Dade alone
On-going support is needed to maintain the delivery of food service at sites with fluctuation attendance. We have noticed at locations where the Afterschool Meal Program is offered free to students, attendance in the afterschool program increases anywhere from 20% - 62%. This has been the main reason we have expanded this program so rapidly over the past 3 years.
Live Healthy Miami Gardens (LHMG)
Personal health is largely influenced by the choices we make for ourselves and our families. But the conditions in the communities where we live, learn, work and play also are major factors affecting people’s ability to make healthy choices. Research shows that communities that have safe places to play and exercise, good public transportation and housing, access to high quality and affordable food, readily available health care, etc. have healthier residents. The economic, social and physical environments that surround us can have a greater impact on our health than how often we go to the doctor’s office. In light of this knowledge, the City of Miami Gardens is committed to helping its neighborhoods themselves promote health.
FLIPANY is working with LHMG team to ensure residents have access to healthy eating active living strategies. this is a 4 year partnership.
Program Impact will be reported after January 2016 when we have completed our first year of services.
In house council DHL
CPA, Toshiba South Florida
Ms. Lynne Kunins
Kristine Perez-Carrion, MMed
Director of Programs
Jessica Morris, MS, L/RD
Amy Gough, MS
Senior Program Manager
Senior Program Manager
Viktoriya Yudovina, MPH
Program Manager Food and Nutrition
Physical Activity Coordinator
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.