A New Breed of Master-Planned Communities Place the Focus on Health & Wellbeing

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Experts in the health and wellbeing fields have long known there’s a strong correlation between a person’s lifestyle and how well they age. Much of that knowledge and research, which medical experts still rely on today, came from the famed Framingham Heart Study.

Maybe this could be the place where we really understand wellbeing—where we really can understand what makes a difference in prevention and behavior modification.

In 1948, Congress commissioned a health study that would ultimately change the course of how much we know about our cardiovascular health. The Framingham Heart Study, which studied people around Framingham, Massachusetts, over a 20-year span to see how lifestyles could affect heart health, had a profound impact on the medical and life-science fields.

But researchers entered Framingham when the community was already in full swing, with its own identity and habits. What if developers could create a community that focused on resident health and wellbeing across all aspects of the community, and then study its effects?

“The idea that Lake Nona could be the setting for the modern Framingham study means that the health of the community can be studied to make great medical discoveries and insights,” explained Gloria Caulfield, vice president of strategic alliances at Tavistock Development Company. “If you take that idea and you translate it to Lake Nona and the setting that we have here, maybe this could be the place where we really understand wellbeing—where we really can understand what makes a difference in prevention and behavior modification.”

There are many national governing bodies that have a need for a national training site, and I fully believe that Lake Nona will be their first look when venturing for swimming, gymnastics, rugby, beach volleyball.

The Orlando community packs a lot of health and wellbeing partners and facilities into its 17 square miles. There’s the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, whose mission is to uncover the reasons behind and ultimately fight our most debilitating wellbeing problems: fatigue, suboptimal performance and disengagement. Lake Nona Medical City brings together research centers, a children’s hospital, university medical facilities and a VA medical center to offer residents the highest level of care. The community also helps residents maintain an active lifestyle—from weekly, free outdoor yoga classes, to community pools and gyms, to major national sports facilities, Lake Nona offers residents the best health and wellbeing options.

The United States Tennis Association opened its national campus at Lake Nona two years ago, spanning 64 acres with 100 courts. The facility is the largest in the world and USTA’s official headquarters.

“We’re looking forward five years, 10 years, 20 years into the future. What other sort of facilities will be here by then?” said Andy Odenbach, vice president of sports ventures at Tavistock Development Company. “There are many national governing bodies that have a need for a national training site, and I fully believe that Lake Nona will be their first look when venturing for swimming, gymnastics, rugby, beach volleyball. There are a number of entities that could use Lake Nona as a home.”

Want to learn more about how Lake Nona’s putting an emphasis on health and wellbeing? Check out the video above.

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