Tuesday, December 10, 2019

City of Southlake Adopts Health and Wellness Master Plan

City Council adopted Southlake’s first ever Health and Wellness Master Plan at the June 18 City Council meeting.

The proposed plan is an element of the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan and is designed to address key components of wellness in the community.

It includes 36 recommendations across four topic areas: Built and Natural Environment, Mental and Physical Health, Age-Friendly Communities and Community Resiliency.

The plan identifies opportunities for the city to advocate for the well-being of all residents, visitors and corporate citizens as well as serve as a guide to encourage community wellness.

The road to accomplishing such a plan was a collaborative effort. The Health and Wellness Committee worked with City staff members representing each department and conducted six meetings to formulate the plan. In addition to working with City staff, the Health and Wellness Committee also received input from other City organizations such as the Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (SKIL), the Southlake Youth Action Commission (SYAC) and the Southlake Senior Advisory Commission (SAC). Additionally, City staff met with the Carroll ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

An important component of the plan was to identify all the existing health and wellness policies, programs and partnerships in the City of Southlake, and make sure that these programs are promoted to the citizens. The City wants to provide information to the citizens on the many non-profit agencies in the area that offer these health and wellness related services.

“The City currently has partnerships and relationships with many non-profit agencies in Tarrant County that provide health and wellness related services and a recommendation of this plan is to make sure the public is aware of these organizations and the services they provide,” stated Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker.

A draft version of the Health and Wellness Master plan is available on the City’s website at CityofSouthlake.com/HealthandWellness.