2016 “Walktober” Challenge – Walk and Win!

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Hey Central Floridians!

Invite friends, family or co-workers and create a team, or simply walk solo. Schools can win up to $1,000 and workplace or faith-based teams can great prizes too (see below for details).

This FREE Challenge, which uses a simple online tool, will help you track steps, stay motivated, and improve your health and fitness. Plus, you can WIN awesome weekly prizes (Fitbits, sports gear, gift certificates and more)! Everyone who signs up, walks consistently and enters their steps at least once per week during the Challenge* will be entered to WIN the GRAND PRIZE of a one year membership to RDV Sportsplex! 

Additionally, five (5) runners-up will win a Fitbit Flex – a slim, stylish device that tracks steps, distance, calories burned, sleep cycles — and helps you achieve and maintain health goals.


CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP. It only takes a minute. Best of luck and happy healthy walking!

The sooner you start walking, the better your chances are of winning!  Additional rules apply.  See below for complete details.

School Challenge – Win $1,000 for 1st Prize

The *school that has the most participants walking and posting regularly during the Fall Walk90 will earn $1,000 for their school (PTO, Healthy School Team, Sports Team, whatever!).  Encourage your parents, faculty, staff (and students) to walk, get fit, have fun and win $1,000 for your school. Plus cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd…

– $500 for 2nd place
– $250 for 3rd place

*Winter Park Consortium School

Have questions?  Contact Jill Hamilton Buss at 407.644.2300 ext. 238 or email her at jhamiltonbuss@healthycf.org.


Complete Rules for the Walk90 Challenge

  • We operate on the honor code and assume all posts are honorable and honest.  However, we reserve the right to verify routes and step counts.  Please use a tracking device if possible or use a manual pedometer and keep careful logs.
  • Pedometers will be given out at kick-off walk(s) on Saturday, Oct. 1st and at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market (look for the big Healthy Central Florida Fire Truck) and at participating locations which include the Winter Park Public Library, Maitland Public Library, Track Shack and others (check back for updated locations).
  • Must log steps manually or automatically through a tracking device on Healthy Central Florida Walk90 Challenge page at least once per week (hcf.walkertracker.com) calculated from the date of your first post.
  • The person with the most steps wins the grand prize.  In the event of a tie in step count, the person with the most entries/active posting on WalkerTracker site will be the winner (posting pictures, comments or activity-similar to FaceBook and just as easy to use. Bonus points for Facebook posting too!).
  • Five additional runners up, those with the next highest step counts, will win Fitbit Flexes.
  • Weekly drawings will be held and winners will be chosen at random from the active participants.
  • WORKPLACE Challenge – The company with the most employees signed up and walking for the 90 days will be featured in a half-page ad and receive a FREE catered lunch for up to 20 people (complete with chair massage and goodies for all).
  • FAITH COMMUNITY Challenge – The faith community, church or synagogue with the most walkers signed up and actively posting will win $300 for their organization.
  • Grand Prize and Runner up winners will be notified and prizes given at the conclusion of the contest – on or before January 31, 2016.
  • Employees or immediate family members of Healthy Central Florida, Winter Park Health Foundation or Florida Hospital are ineligible for prizes.
  • This contest is all about fun and fitness, however, our participants take this seriously and are working hard to be healthy, get fit and win some terrific prizes. Therefore, again, we ask all participants to do the right thing – take the steps you say you took.

HONOR CODE: Healthy Central Florida (HCF) is hopeful that everyone will be honest and log only steps actually taken. To protect everyone from anyone who would abuse the honor system, HCF and Walker Tracker will be monitoring activity and reserve the right to verify Walk90 reported step counts. If fraudulent step counts are discovered, that participant will be automatically disqualified. Therefore participants are encouraged to use verifiable tracking devices, such as Fitbits, Map My Walk (free app), Nike+ Move (free app) or other. At a minimum, a diary of routes and activity are encouraged – especially for those putting up large step counts. If you have any questions, please contact jhamiltonbuss@healthycf.org.

Golf Tournament to Benefit PULSE/One Orlando Fund, 8/26

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Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 11.12.59 PMWHAT:  GOLFUnited Fore Pulse Charity Scramble

WHEN:   Friday, August 26, 2016
7:45AM opening remarks by Mayor Buddy Dyer
8:00 AM start, followed by lunch, silent auction and entertainment.

WHERE: Grand Cypress Resort, The New Course
1 North Jacaranda Street, Orlando FL  32836Proceeds Benefit Pulse of Orlando and One Orlando Fund
Donate on-line at www.golfunited.org

For more information: Holly Geoghegan (Holly G), Golf Marketing Services, 321-303-9684 cell or Irlianna Samsara, Golf Marketing Services, 352-455-7509 cell

Good Bye, Party City! HELLO, CHAMBERLIN’S!

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ChamberlinsWell, this was a pleasant surprise to stumble uponCHAMBERLIN’s, one of our favorite “old school” health food/grocery stores, is relocating from Winter Park to a new 10,000-square-foot store on East Colonial Drive near Orlando Executive Airport this July (in the location that used to be home to Party City)!

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Chamberlin’s closed its store in Winter Park Village last week to make room for upscale outdoors-gear seller REI. Chamberlin’s occupied the North Orlando Avenue spot for about four decades, watching the corridor turn from a mall into an upscale shopping center. The road also became a busy traffic route.

Winter Park has recently become filled with health-food stores, adding Trader Joe’s in 2014 with a new Whole Foods planned for later this year.

chamberlinsChamberlin’s has been in the area since 1935 when it opened in downtown Orlando as Chamberlin’s Market and Café. Its shelves were stocked with whole-grain flours, beans and cereals and it remained much the same over the years.

After changing hands in 1972, it was eventually sold to Akin’s Natural Foods in Tulsa, Okla., in 2000.

It still has six smaller stores throughout the area that are about 6,000 square feet each. The Winter Park Village store had been the company’s biggest for several years; at about 12,000 square feet, it was the only one with produce and some other items.

The store will have much the same lineup of products, including vitamins and supplements.

Chamberlin’s takes the place of a former Party City store in the Herndon Village Shops plaza. The store will have about 25 employees with most moving from the Winter Park store.

REI is set to open at Winter Park Village in 2017.

Universal Studios’ Mardi Gras 2016 Concert Line-Up

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masklogo_horz_blk14 AMAZING CONCERTS

All Musical Acts are Performing at Universal Studios Florida (select nights) between Feb. 6 – April 16, 2016.

Each night of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, a different big-name headliner from the worlds of pop, rock, country, and R&B will get the party started—playing their biggest hits and favorite tunes live on stage.

Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 10.13.15 PMMardi Gras 2016 Concert Lineup:

  • Feb. 6 (Saturday): Hunter Hayes
  • Feb. 13 (Saturday): Diana Ross
  • Feb. 14 (Sunday): Barenaked Ladies
  • Feb. 20 (Saturday): Nate Ruess
  • Feb. 27 (Saturday): Fall Out Boy
  • March 5 (Saturday): Kool & The Gang
  • March 12 (Saturday): The Fray
  • March 13 (Sunday): Adam Lambert
  • March 19 (Saturday): Shawn Mendes
  • March 20 (Sunday): 3 Doors Down
  • March 26 (Saturday): REO Speedwagon
  • April 2 (Saturday): T-Pain
  • April 9 (Saturday): Jessie J
  • April 16 (Saturday): Yandel

MG-14-Image-3-1024x682The Mardi Gras concerts, parade and French Quarter music are included with your Annual Pass or Universal Studios® Admission.

Visit Universal Studios website for more info: www.universalorlando.com


Showtime’s Michael Jackson Doc Premieres 2/5/16

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Unless you are heading to Sundance & can catch it there, don’t miss the premiere of the new documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall (directed by Spike Lee) on Friday, February 5th on Showtime!

Here’s what we know about the doc: The film focuses on a rarely examined chapter of Jackson’s career as he evolves from the lead singer of Jackson 5 to a solo artist recording what will become his breakthrough, seminal 1979 pop record, Off The Wall. Audiences will travel with the global superstar as he strikes a new path with CBS Records, first with his brothers as The Jacksons and then stepping out on his own to create his own music with his own team. This illuminating portrait traces how an earnest, passionate, hard-working young man becomes the “King of Pop.”

MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL contains a wealth of footage, including material from Michael’s personal archive, and in his own words. The documentary also includes interviews with prominent entertainment and sports stars including Lee Daniels, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Kobe Bryant, Misty Copeland, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove, L.A. Reid, and more, as well as his parents Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson.

Off The Wall created a whole new category in pop music. Written by Michael Jackson, the first single from Off The Wall, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” earned Jackson his first Grammy® and was his first single to hit No. 1 in the U.S. and internationally as a solo artist. The album was an enormous commercial success; as of 2014 it is certified eight times platinum in the United States and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Off The Wall not only “invented pop music as we know it,” wrote Rolling Stone, it transcended music and entertainment altogether, becoming an important moment in African-American history.

The film is produced by Spike Lee, John Branca and John McClain.

Don’t have SHOWTIME? Order now: http://s.sho.com/1HbTNpQ

Get more Showtime Reality/Docs:

FLASHBACK: Here’s our CEO Melanie Lentz-Janney‘s photo w/ Michael Jackson from 1983 …

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