Primary Care Team

Pediatricians and other primary care providers play an important role in educating families about healthy lifestyle choices.  They are in a position to assist families with identifying risk factors such as being overweight or obese that can adversely affect health. 

The Primary Care Team is focused on preventing and reducing childhood obesity by partnering with pediatric practices across Polk County in a healthy habits campaign. Physicians are provided with literature and prescription pads used to facilitate conversation with patients and families regarding healthy eating and active living.  These prescriptions include a place for the child to designate which healthy habits they will commit to work on and a place for the physician to document the age and BMI percentile of the child. At intervals the prescription data will be collected and compiled for tracking and comparison.





  • Increase Health of Polk County residents

  • Expand the number of Primary Care providers partnering with children enrolled in "Healthy Habits" programs.

  • Create "Healthy Habits" curriculum building on basic nutrition counseling

  • Provide individualized nutrition and healthy habits counseling quarterly to children.


What's New? 

Building a Healthier Polk Launches 5-2-1-0 Healthy Habits Campaign 

Polk Vision’s Building a Healthier Polk Initiative is partnering with local pediatric offices to encourage healthy eating and exercise habits in children and families through the 5-2-1-0 prescription program.  The program launched on January 1st, 2017... see more


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The 5210 Prescription for Healthy Habits gives the child the choice as to what healthy habit they want to commit to. They have the everyday healthy habit choice of eating at least 5 fruits or vegitables, reduce screen time to 2 hours or less. Get 1 hour of physical activity, or consume 0 sugary drinks. This program allows health providers to conversate with children and their parents about the importance of living a healthy lifestye. 

The Primary Care LEAD Team are assembling their list of providers that will participate in the 5210 prescription program.

Primary Care Team

     Holly Vida - Co-Chair, Community Volunteer

     Suzanne Wright - Co-Chair, Florida department of Health 

     Penny Borgia – United Way of Central Florida

     Ermelinda Centeno – Central Florida Health Care

     Sairah Chachad – Community Volunteer

     Sheryl Cooper – Florida Department of Health

     Kim Eubanks  – Polk County Board of County Commissioners

     Carol Fox - Lakeland Regional Health 

     Linda Hawbaker - Florida Department of Health in Polk 

     Colleen Mangan – Florida Department of Health in Polk

     Paula McGhee - Polk County Board of County Commissioners

     Andrea Nikolai - University of Florida IFAS

     Lauren Parkes  - Lakeland Regional Health 

     Bo Razzano - Central Florida Healthcare 

     Nora Smith - Community Volunteer 

     Suzanne Wright - Florida department of Health