For Camille and Omar Brown of Daytona Beach, the road to a healthier future begins in their own neighborhood with a smoothie. The Browns recently founded Midtown EcoVillage, a grassroots, nonprofit organization to advocate healthy lifestyles, environmental sustainability, and community solidarity.
"Infusing our love of family, fitness and organic food, we strive to serve our community in innovative ways," the Browns say on their website.
The effort began in August, when the couple volunteered to provide fresh juices and smoothies at the mayor's backpack giveaway for area children. A city health fair followed, and "we just kept doing little events," Camille said.
The Browns have volunteered time and smoothies at schools, churches, parties and other events. They also volunteer as parent leaders for Pyramid Cafe, a Healthy Start program aimed at strengthening families, and work with teen mothers. They attend as many events and meetings as possible and serve on boards to raise awareness of their efforts as well as to form alliances with related organizations.
Read more about Camillle & Omar's good work here!