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Healthy Start

FDOH Walton County Healthy Start

  •  850-892-8015



    Mailing Address

    362 State Hwy 83 

    DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433 


What is Healthy Start?  Healthy Start is a voluntary program that provides education and support by a Social Worker, Registered Nurse or Family Support worker.  Services will be provided in your home or at DOH-Walton.  Our goals are to reduce premature births and infant mortality.

Who Qualifies for Healthy Start?

Healthy Start is available for Walton County women who are pregnant or have a baby 3 years of age or younger.  Our services are free and not based on income.

How does Healthy Start receive clients?

When a pregnant woman has her first prenatal visit or when the baby is born at the hospital; a Healthy Start screen is offered. Please SAY YES to the screening! We also receive referrals from community providers or clients can make a self-referral.

What services does Healthy Start offer?

We offer education and support to help moms have a healthy pregnancy and baby. A professional assessment is completed and services are provided, tailored to each family’s individual needs and resources.  Services available include:

  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Case management
  • Childbirth Education
  • Community referrals
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Home or office visits or telephone support
  • Baby spacing and reproductive life planning
  • Nutritional assessment and education
  • Parenting education and support
  • Psychosocial counseling
  • Smoking cessation education and support