The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County (DOH-Monroe) presented the Healthy Weight Community Champion Award to the City of Marathon at Tuesday’s City Commission Meeting at Marathon City Hall. The City of Marathon was recognized as one of three local governments in Monroe County that has implemented a variety of best practice policies that have been shown to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. The other municipalities, Key West was recognized last Tuesday and the Village of Islamorada will be awarded later this month. One of the many best practices that the City of Marathon is working on to promote Healthiest Weight Florida ideals is they maintain a number of community parks that offer a variety of activities, including playgrounds, basketball courts with lights, volleyball courts, exercise stations, and walking paths. The City is also working on plans for a community garden initiative. For more information about the recognition, visit www.healthiestweightflorida.com.