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Slow Down Pledge 

The Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is initiating a Pledge to Slow Down Campaign.  Speed is a major factor that contributes to motor vehicle crashes, severe injuries and traffic fatalities.   With the help of the community, Their goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to get thousands of Polk County residents to pledge to slow down.    

When a driver reduces their speed, they are more aware of their surroundings and have more time to react and stop for other vehicles, bicyclists and walkers.  Traveling at a slower speed also can greatly reduce the chances of injury or death.  The high number of traffic fatalities including pedestrian and bicycle fatalities in Polk highlight the need to build awareness of this important issue.

The official campaign kick-off event will be held at the TPO Board Meeting on June 8, with a proclamation declaring June as Slow Down Month.

Polk Vision and The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Team encourages everyone to take their own pledge, and hope this initiative will spread far beyond Polk County.

 

Take the Pledge at: http://polktpo.com/pledge-to-slow-down

 

     

 

 

POLK VISION YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM BEGINS TUESDAY

LAKELAND- In partnership with Girls Inc., Polk Vision has developed an inaugural  summer youth leadership program to expose middle school girls to civic engagement and leadership experiences. The six week program kicks off Tuesday with Environmental Day at the Circle B Reserve. Participants will tour the landfill, learn about public works and get a lesson in ecology while at the Circle B Reserve. The girls will also be treated to a special lunch with County Commissioner Melony Bell.
 
Kay Fields, Girls' Inc. executive director, said she is excited about what awaits the girls in the leadership program. 
"Most of them are not aware of what our county has to offer them by way of careers and leadership opportunities," Fields said. "Many of these girls are still trying to choose their career path interest and this program will afford them the opportunity to see what is available in their community.
 
Other topics covered during the program include technology, medical, public safety, heritage and culture. As a part of the experience, the girls will have the opportunity to meet women in significant leadership positions throughout the county, said Kim Long, Polk Vision’s executive director.
 
   

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Friday Forum: Worksite Health & Wellness

May is Employee Health and Fitness Month! This observance recognizes and celebrates workplace health promotion activities that allow employees to live healthy lives and make healthy choices. In celebration of Employee Health and Fitness Month, Tobacco Free Polk is sponsoring the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Friday Forum on Worksite Health & Wellness on June 9, from 7:00 – 10:00am at Polk State College. Polk Vision’s Building a Healthier Polk Worksite Wellness Team and Polk Wellness Professionals have partnered with Tobacco Free Polk to provide a presentation on worksite health and wellness for the Friday Forum. See more...

Water Safety Awareness Month 

Our friends at the Department of Health for Polk County wish to remind you that the month of May 2017 is Water Safety Awareness Month. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week is May 22-28, 2017. This is the perfect opportunity to practice your water safety skills and to talk with your kids, friends, and/or neighbors about how to enjoy one of Florida’s most precious resources safely! Click here to view a complete list of Polk County's 2017 Swim Lesson Facilities.

Every Kid Healthy Week

Polk Vision kicked off the 2017 Every Kid Healthy Week with a proclamation at Tuesday evening’s School Board meeting....see more

 

Polk Vision’s Smart Communities Team is recognizing Safer Internet Day

Polk Vision’s Smart Communities Team is recognizing Safer Internet Day through social media. Team leaders are encouraging the public to participate in the national initiative on Feb. 7... see more 

 

Polk Vision Seeking All Literacy Service Providers

Do you provide literacy services in Polk County? Do you know someone who needs them? Polk Vision wants to connect you...see more

 

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

State of the County Update

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