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Healthiest Weight Florida

Florida Department of Health in Monroe County

  •  (305) 293-7500


    (305) 292-6871

    Mailing Address

    1100 Simonton Street 

    Key West, FL 


Motion on the Ocean: A Public Health Guide to Physical Activity in Parks Across the Florida Keys 

  Motion on the Ocean is a guide to parks across the Florida Keys that has been written, photographed, and designed with fitness in mind.  

  Download a copy of it by uploading it onto your smartphone or computer by clicking the link above.  To obtain a hard copy, please call (305) 809-5607. 


  In 2013, Dr. John H. Armstrong, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, initiated the Healthiest Weight Florida campaign.  With an obesity epidemic nationwide, Dr. Armstrong has instructed the Florida Department of Health and its subsidiaries in each of Florida’s 67 counties to take the lead on promoting routine exercise and proper diet as the keys for Floridians to establish and maintain the healthiest weights in the nation.

  Monroe County boasts some of the most pristine parks in the state, offering locals and visitors endless opportunities to engage in calorie-burning activities on both land and sea.

  Our partners at the state, county, and municipal levels do their best to ensure that these parks are easy to access, clean, and safe. In many cases, playing surfaces  — basketball and tennis courts, skateboard ramps, soccer fields, etc. — have been paved and manicured to ensure the best playing surfaces possible.

  As you leaf through this unique public health directory, I encourage you to shape a fitness routine that takes you to one or more of the more than 65 state, county, and municipal parks profiled here. 

  Start by getting a rough idea of your body mass index, the measurement that many public health professionals use to plot a person’s progress when it comes to weight loss (page 7).

  Once you’ve calculated your BMI, check the chart to see  your weight status in comparison with others.

  Consult your doctor on the best course of action, especially if you are obese, overweight, or underweight.

  Plan your fitness regimen: Peruse the physical activity table to see how much you can burn doing even the most basic activities for just an hour (page 8). Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or just a beginner, you’ll find an activity and pace that works for you.

  Locate the park(s) listed in this directory that are nearest to you, where you can engage in your chosen activity (parks listing starts on page 15).

  Log your activities and approximate calories burned using Your Fitness Counter (page 9).

  If you stick with your fitness program and eat healthy — ideally, you want to burn more calories than you consume — you should notice a change in your BMI after a few weeks.

  Consider finding a partner, or group of partners, to join you in this effort. Make it a family affair. Employers might host a day out at a park, where employees can have fun while getting fit.

  For anyone who’d like to learn more about all of the parks in the Florida Keys, challenge yourself to engage in a fitness activity every day, every other day, or every week, at a different park.

  Best of luck!


Bob Eadie, Administrator

Florida Department of Health in Monroe County