Thursday, June 24, 2021

Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee Hosts Open House

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the April 17 Health & Wellness Open House was canceled. It has been rescheduled for May 14 at 5 p.m. and the format has been changed. The open house will take place in the lobby of Town Hall starting at 5 p.m. followed by a SPIN Town Hall Forum, where the Health & Wellness Master plan will be presented.

The plan focuses on topics such as built and natural environment, aging population, mental and physical health and community resiliency. The open house and Town Hall Forum will allow citizens the opportunity to attend and provide valuable comments on the plan.

The 2035 Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee was appointed by Southlake City Council in June 2018. The committee held their kick-off meeting in August 2018 and has since met numerous times to develop recommendations for the plan.

Health & Wellness Open House

  • Health & Wellness Master Plan Open House – Town Hall Lobby: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Presentation of the H&W Master Plan during the SPIN Town Hall Forum – City Council Chambers: 6:00 p.m. to approximately 6:15 p.m.
  • H&W Committee meeting – Executive Conference Room: Approximately 6:15 p.m.

“Community health and wellness continues to grow as a popular topic in future planning efforts”, said Senior Planning and Development Services Director Ken Baker. “Recommendations included within the 2035 Health & Wellness Master Plan allow us to stay proactive in addressing strategies that promote health and wellness. We encourage residents to attend the Health & Wellness Open House, as this provides a great opportunity for our stakeholders to give us highly valued input and feedback”.

A draft version of the Health & Wellness Master Plan is available on the City’s website. There is also a feedback form on the Health & Wellness web page for residents to submit questions or comments directly to planning staff regarding this plan. For more information about the upcoming open house or the Southlake Comprehensive Plan, feel free to call the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621.

Interested in Health, Wellness and Your Community? Join the new Health and Wellness Committee.

Would you like to help shape the future in Southlake? Are you someone who is interested in health or wellness? Is your community important to you?

If you answered yes to these questions, apply now to the new Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee.

Need to know more?  Southlake is full of health and wellness experts, enthusiasts and advocates who we’d like to help us put together the new Health and Wellness Master Plan. Here are a few examples of ideas the committee could explore.

Built & Natural Environment – How can parks be more senior-friendly? This topic may include looking at how landscape and lighting requirements can increase public safety, and developing criteria to evaluate the overall safety of development proposals;

Transportation – This could include highlighting existing Community Service Agreements, such as Call a Ride Southlake (CARS). The committee may also explore sidewalk connections and how incorporating Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) into roadways might encourage safety and increase mobility;

Aging Population – Another important focus area includes examining opportunities to increase the quality of life for seniors in the community and those that wish to “age in place” through policies and programs. This may consist of reviewing ordinances in terms of existing requirements for family or “mother-in-law” quarters as families may serve as caregivers for aging relatives;

Mental Health & Wellness – Topics within this category may include working with healthcare professionals on community needs related to anxiety and depression and other mental illnesses;

Partnerships – This ultimately speaks to how the City of Southlake will pursue partnerships with groups such as health care providers, the Carroll Independent School District, and possibly other community service organizations that focus on health and wellness initiatives.

Southlake City Council recognizes the importance of health and wellness issues and has included this new component in the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan. While this plan element is new, it will build on recommendations from other plans. For example, the LiveFit Program has been successfully implemented as a health and wellness program in the City. “The success of LiveFit demonstrates that health and wellness is something we can all relate to. I’m looking forward to the invaluable insight committee members will provide us as we move forward with this new component of the 2035 Master Plan,” says Senior Director of Planning & Development Services Ken Baker.

City Council is seeking applicants of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging those with professional experience or interest in health or wellness topics to apply. Committee members will be asked to meet about once a month over the course of several months, to work alongside City staff to develop this master plan element. They will be reviewing existing city policies; evaluating the current health and wellness landscape in Southlake; analyzing current and future wellness needs and topics; and formulating recommendations to City Council related to health and wellness.

Interested in applying? Visit the Health and Wellness Plan page on the City website to learn more about the application process. Applications are due by February 16, 2018.

Sign Up for the 2018 LiveFit Wellness Challenge

The holidays are here, but there is still no time like the present to start thinking about getting fit and reducing stress in your life.

One way to accomplish this is through the City of Southlake’s LiveFit Wellness Challenge. It’s easy to sign up and each month you’ll find new health-related classes to keep you up-to-date on the latest wellness topics ranging from checking for hormone imbalances, improving circulation, eating healthy and much more.

Let 2018 be your fittest, strongest and healthiest year yet and take the LiveFit Wellness Challenge! The 2018 LiveFit Wellness Challenge kicks off on January 13, 2018. Registration is free and begins December 15, 2017. Participants will compete in daily challenges, track their steps, and have the opportunity to attend ‘lunch and learns’, fitness classes, activities with the mayor and so much more.  Participants will receive a free t-shirt once they have registered and will receive more fun goodies and prizes once they accumulate points!

 Mark your calendar for the following FREE LiveFit events!

January 13: Health Fair Wellness Challenge Kickoff

February 10: Fitness Fun Day

March 15: Wellness Challenge Conclusion

March 17: Superhero Fun Run and 5K Sponsored by Texas Health Resources (FREE with Wellness Challenge Registration!)

 Other activities will include:

  • Events with Mayor Laura Hill
  • LiveWell Lecture Series
  • Couch to 5K Sponsored by Camp Gladiator
  • FREE February Fitness Classes
  • Fitness Workshops
  • Daily Challenges and More

Each activity helps participants earn points toward winning the ultimate prize, but there will be many other amazing prizes as well. 2017’s winners took home FitBits, Apple Watches, Bose headphones and some great LiveFit goodies. The Wellness Challenge concludes with the annual Superhero Fun Run and 5K in Bicentennial Park. Challenge registrants will gain FREE access to the run.

The Southlake LiveFit program also hosts group fitness classes at the Southlake Activity Center at 307 Parkwood Drive. For $20 a month, participants receive unlimited access to all the fitness classes offered in the morning and evening. Classes include Gentle Yoga, Zumba, Total Body Workout, Pilates and Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga. Click here for a current calendar.  Register online for your LiveFit Pass today!

Mark your calendars for January 13, 2018, − March 17, 2018, as Southlake continues to live a healthier lifestyle. For more information, please visit the LiveFit Wellness Challenge website.

The Southlake Senior Center is offering great seminars in March

During the month of March, the Southlake Senior Activity Center will be hosting several informative seminars at The Marq Southlake. Here is a list of the seminars and their topics:

Tuesday, March 8: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Health and Nutrition Seminar/ Learn Then Lunch (Registration Required) Healthy Living to 100, presented by Dr. Parkhill

Tuesday, March 15: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Legal Seminar / Learn Then Lunch (Registration Required) Ways to avoid probate, presented by the McGee Law Firm

Friday, March 18: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – History Seminar / Snack & Chat (Registration Required) Civil War lecture, presented by Professor Chad Wooley from Tarrant Community College, followed by a question and answer session

For more information on this and other events at the Senior Center, visit www.SouthlakeSeniorCenter.com or call 817.748.8315.

 

Durham Student Finds Fitness Fame in Europe

Elise Cerami, Carroll ISD Student

Elise Cerami, Carroll ISD Student

Elise Cerami, a sixth grader at Durham Intermediate School is helping to promote health and fitness for youth in Belgium.

Through local company, Kidz In Motion Sports, Elise was part of a video produced for the Belgium Public Televison Broadcasting service. The company’s goal is to educate and encourage kids to be more active.

Utilizing sports and activities, the company hopes to motivate and inspire children try new activities while building their self-confidence. Most of the kids highlighted in the videos have some level of experience with their sport, but more importantly the videos show how much fun their chosen sport can be. Producers say the videos do a great job depicting the child’s passion and dedication toward their activity in an effort to show other children to enjoy a new activity.

Elise was chosen by Coach Nathan at Southlake Tennis Center to represent the sport of tennis. Elise Cerami’s video is temporarily being aired on this website.

RES Runners Lace Up

Photo from Run the Rock 2012

Run the Rock is one of Rockenbaugh’s biggest events. It is a true 5K race in every sense and is the culminating event for a year’s worth of running. Many students have run over 100 miles (a few over 200). The program is designed to keep students active for a lifetime. It also promotes good health, perseverance, goal setting and school spirit. 

“This event has been done every year since Ms. Pate has been at Rockenbaugh and is something our runners look forward to. For some it is the sole reason they join running club,” said Rockenbaugh Principal Lisa Young.

Photo from Run the Rock 2012

 

The race takes place during the school day.  This year it is scheduled for Friday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. A registration fee is required to pay for the student designed race shirts, medals, water and racing goodies.  Run the Rock is not a school fundraiser. 

So far, 145 runners are eligible for the event. Many parents will run with them (if they can keep up).  Run the Rock also has approximately 50 volunteers at the ready to provide safety along the course, help with the hydration stations, record race times, hand out medals and goody bags. The volunteers will also help with set up, distribution of shirts and race numbers and the balloon arch.

Drive for a Smile for Kids ~ A Success!

**Update: Thank you to everyone who contributed to the “Drive for a Smile for Kids” campaign.  We collected more than 600 toothbrushes for needy children and nearly 70 tubes of toothpaste.  A special “Thank You” to our VIPs or Volunteers in Public Safety, especially LeAnn Boyce who collected a majority of the donations from local dentists and individuals. Also, to Dr. Stan Preece Pediatric Dentistry of Keller for his generous donation of toothbrushes.  Your donations will go a long way to provide good dental health for children who otherwise could not afford it.

A child’s smile is such a gift and you can help make lots of kids smile during the month of February!  You can also help them learn more about good Dental Health which is important in preventing tooth decay; the most common chronic childhood disease according to the Surgeon General.

Southlake’s Department of Public Safety is partnering with Cook Children’s Hospital, the  Southlake-Carroll Independent School District and Kohl’s Champions for kids to collect new toothbrushes for children.

Here are just a few facts about families who can’t afford the luxury of a toothbrush for their child:

  • 51%
    Million hours lost from school due to a dental related illness.
  • 60%
    Of Tarrant County school districts report dental pain as a top-ten reason for absence
    from school.
  • 50%
    Of Tarrant County children at school are in need of a toothbrush.
  • Dental disease can affect a child’s growth, lead to further dental deformities and
    result in potentially life threatening swelling.
  • New research now links other health problems including; weakened immune systems,
    heart disease, diabetes and stroke to poor dental health.

In 2011, through your generous donations, Tarrant County was able to distribute 84,000  toothbrushes, 52,000 tubes of toothpaste and more than 12,000 oral hygiene kits.  Just imagine, for the price of a toothbrush you can help a child in need smile and also help them get a jump on good oral health. Southlake DPS has set up donation boxes at both of our fire stations to collect the toothbrushes.  You can also drop off your donations at Cook Children’s Urgent Care and Pediatric Specialties.

Drop off locations are listed below:

Southlake
DPS Fire Station #1

600 State Street (Front lobby open 24
hours)

Southlake
DPS Fire Station #2

2100 W. Southlake Blvd. (Front lobby
open 24 hours)

Cook
Children’s Urgent Care and Pediatric Specialties

2727 E. Southlake Blvd.  (Open 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

You may drop off new, packaged toothbrushes either individually or as a group project through your company or organization. The more donations the more smiles we can put on children’s faces and help prevent tooth decay as well as prevent other dental and health conditions.

If you have any questions about the “Drive for a Smile” program, please call 682-885-4162
or 817-748-8349 and ask for Renni Burt our DPS Community Initiatives
Offices.  Thank you for your support.