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Building a Healthy Community - Childhood Obesity Prevention Opa-Locka

Welcome to the Childhood Obesity Prevention Opa-Locka Community Page.  The purpose of this forum is to allow for tracking and community reporting of progress toward the goals of the Building a Healthy Community - Childhood Obesity Prevention (BHC-COP) Opa-Locka project.
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The Opa-Locka Farmers' Market
Get ready to mark your calendars!!!!! 
Every Wednesday from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Nathan B. Young Elementary School
 Upcoming Farmers' Market Dates:    
The Farmers Market is closed for the summer.
Please check back soon for new market dates!

Come and support your local market!

To find out why it's important to enjoy locally grown food, please click here!

Click Here for a quick and easy recipe for Eggplant Lasagna!
Click Here for a quick and easy recipe for Simmered Cabbage!
 Click Here for a quick and easy recipe for Grilled Radishes! 
Click Here for available produce at your local Opa-Locka Farmers Market AND some fun facts about Strawberries!
Click Here for a quick and easy recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoe Salad!
Click Here for a quick and easy recipe for Roasted Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salad!
Click Here for a quick and easy recipe for Mint Ice Cubes!
Click Here for a quick and easy recipe for Papaya Banana Smoothies!

Hanan’s Childcare and Academic Development Center
presents a Nurturing Parents Program
Classes on Wednesday evenings 6-8:30pm (all ages)
Bring the children!
Transportation, food and childcare provided.
13250 N.W. 28 Avenue Opa-Locka, Florida 33054
Click here for the brochure.


The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation launched the Embrace a Healthy Florida Initiative to address the causes of childhood obesity. In Opa-Locka the lead agency for this effort is the War on Poverty-Florida. By addressing the issue of food access, increasing community awareness, engaging the community, and developing enduring solutions the Building a Healthy Community - Childhood Obesity Prevention project will provide resources to support the efforts of community and faith-based organizations to address the following goals:

1. Promote health education and advocacy efforts to increase access to healthy food for residents and schools located in the Opa-Locka area.  Including partnerships with:

a. Early care and education and Head Start

b. Public Schools and Public Health

c. Public Safety, City Planning, and Built Environment

d. Community non–profit organizations to assist in the development of farmer’s markets and community gardens, programs on food preparation, home economics and healthy shopping on a budget, food preservation, and heath advocacy.

2. Provide healthy food preparation and demonstrations, and offer nutrition education focusing on healthy eating, incorporating personal budgeting activities.

3. Increase the number of youth and adults who engage in community gardening and urban agriculture.

4. Promote the active engagement of children, youth, and families in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of community health and health education initiatives.

5. Develop civic leadership programs for youth to build youth-led community organizing, community engagement and advocacy.


Click here to learn about Opa-Locka grantees


Call to ActionOpa-Locka Building a Healthy Community Childhood Obesity Prevention

Community PartnersClick here for the funding announcement press release to see who is involved

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Provider Discussion Forum:  Providers click here


The BHC-COP Opa-Locka project is being implemented by War on Poverty-Florida.

The Building a Healthy Community Childhood Obesity Prevention (BHC-COP) Opa-Locka project is funded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation Embrace a Healthy Florida Initiative.

Health Tips and Resources

Download the BCBS Good Health Club Toolkit information sheets to educate parents and children on ways to change to a healthier lifestyle and diet through a 5-2-1-0 message.

  • Eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies every single day
  • Limit screen time to 2 hours or less
  • Get at least 1 hour of physical activity
  • Limit sweetened drinks to 0
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Healthy Tip Sheets

Outrun Obesity brochure (with behavior risk quiz) (English) (Spanish)

Weekly Journal (English) (Spanish)

5-2-1-0 Good Health Club Posters Club Characters Poster (2 – 12 years) (English) (Spanish)
5-2-1-0 Poster (13+ years) (English) (Spanish)

This video explains the many factors that have contributed to the obesity epidemic, and showcases several community initiatives taking place to prevent and reduce obesity. Obesity is a national epidemic and a major contributor to some of the leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer. We need to change our communities into places that strongly support healthy eating and active living.

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Click here to learn about Let's Move: America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids  

Click here to watch Beyonce's "Move Your Body" Flash Workout

Opa-Locka City Hall            Opa-Locka Elementary School

Pictured at left: Opa-Locka City Hall   

Pictured at right: Dr. Robert B. Ingram Elementary School