FLIPANY’s mission is to empower youth and adults through nutrition and physical activity programs while influencing policy changes for healthier communities.
FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2005 by FLIPANY’s President and CEO, Lynne Kunins.
For the past 13 years, FLIPANY has brought customized health and wellness programming to more than 400 partner sites in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. Our innovative programs fight childhood obesity and hunger by focusing on healthy food preparation, food security, physical education and work-site wellness. FLIPANY’s programming includes Physical Activity, Soccer, Biking, Nutrition and Cooking Education, and USDA Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs.
Overview of the majority of FLIPANY's programs highlighting youth, adults and seniors involved in fun, active learning about health and wellness.
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Over the past 13 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.
Arts and Wellness Academy
The Arts and Wellness Academy at North Hialeah Baptist Church is an after school and summer program offering K-5 students a unique curriculum of academics, arts, and wellness under the supervision of a professional staff of talented and caring staff members. Both English and Spanish literacy skills are encouraged and supported.
In house council, DHL
Enrollee & Community Engagement Director, Humana
Special Events Manager, Morton's Steakhouse
Ms. Lynne Kunins
Kristine Perez-Carrion, MMed
Vice-President of Programs
Amy Gough, MS
Senior Program Manager
Senior Program Manager
Viktoriya Yudovina, MPH
Senior Program Manager
Assistant Program Manager
Program Outreach Associate
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.