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Healthy Okaloosa Schools (HOS) launched in August 2015 as a sector of the Healthy Okaloosa 5210 Initiative. The Healthy Okaloosa team believes that collaborative partnerships are necessary to solve complex public health problems. Partnerships allow us to work towards a common goal and learn from each other along the way. HOS uses long-term, deep-impact partnerships with Okaloosa County schools to build the capacity of school-age youth, families, and school staff to support school-age youth health, safety, and well-being.

Our goal is to empower our partners to protect and promote health by providing them with personalized services that supplement and build upon their school’s established knowledge and strengths. We work with our partners to implement sustainable policy and environmental strategies that support healthy behaviors. We help our partners assess their school environment, identify areas for improvement, and implement an action plan to meet their unique goals.

  • Healthy Okaloosa 5210 Initiative
  • Partner with Healthy Okaloosa Schools
  • Partnership Requirements
  • Certified Healthy Okaloosa Schools
  • Community Partners
  • Resources
The Healthy Okaloosa 5210 Initiative focuses on (1) limiting unhealthy choices for snacks and celebrations, (2) limiting or eliminating sugary drinks; promoting water, (3) prohibiting the use of food as a reward, (4) providing opportunities to get physical activity every day, (5) limiting recreational screen time, (6) participating in local, state, and national initiatives that support healthy eating and active living, (7) engaging community partners, (8) partnering with and educate families in adopting and maintaining a lifestyle that supports healthy eating and active living, (9) implementing a staff wellness program, (10) collaborating with food and nutrition programs, (11) eliminate tobacco use, and (12) promotion and support of breastfeeding.

HOS partners must submit an application (PDF 227KB) and signed agreement form (PDF 143KB) each school year to participate. Completed forms can be emailed to Okaloosa-schoolhealth@flhealth.gov or faxed to (850) 833-9258.

Healthy Okaloosa Schools partners have the opportunity to become certified each school year. HOS partners must submit an application (PDF 227KB) and signed agreement form (PDF 143KB) each school year to participate.

To become a certified Healthy Okaloosa School, HOS partners must:

  1. Submit an action plan for at least one sustainable school-based wellness goal that supports healthy activities and/or lifestyles.
  2. Implement at least one school-based wellness goal that supports healthy activities.
  3. Implement at least one parent engagement activity that provides health education.
  4. Implement at least one whole-school activity that promotes healthy lifestyles.
  5. Work with Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County staff to complete semester reports and Healthy School Team Monitoring Tool.
  6. Submit a media release form (PDF 189KB) stating Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County has permission to document the school’s activities toward reducing childhood obesity.
  7. Complete the HOS evaluation survey at the end of the school year.