Health

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

Looking for a challenge?? Well, sign up for the 6th annual Hammerhead Ocean marathon!The swim marathon has two sepreate legs that are1.25 miles, and 2.5 miles respectively in OPEN WATER. It will be held on August 13, 2011 and begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Bring your swimming gear, and most importantly your endurance!!! For more information log on to www.hammerheadtriathlonclub.com. See you there! 

Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the Duval County Public School Board began making recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and is in an unfortunate financial situation.

However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.

Ride Your Bike to Work Day, May 20th

Jacksonville City Council member Don Redman and the North Florida Bicycle Club invite residents to join them by participating in “Ride Your Bike To Work Day” on Friday, May 20th.

Quality Physical Education Must be Maintained in Duval County Public Schools

Today, the Duval County Public School Board will begin to make recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and  is in an unfortunate financial situation. However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.

Make it Your Mission to Learn About Your Heart Health at the Go Red For Women Luncheon

Make it Your Mission to Learn About Your Heart Health at the Go Red For Women Luncheon

The American Heart Association, First Coast Market and chairwoman Kristi Bageant-Epperson of Citi are hosting the First Coast Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, May 20, 2011. For for information including ticket prices and event location contact the American Heart Assocation, First Coast Market at 904-256-5724 or go to www.heart.org/firstcoastgored

Florida’s Diabetes Master Clinician Program Offers Patients Higher Quality of Life

Dr. Edward Shahady, Associate Faculty Member at St. Vincent’s Hospital leads the program locally and statewide; Baptist Primary Care office in Ponte Vedra one of eight clinics recognized as a Center for Diabetes Excellence

Bridging the gap between knowledge and patient performance, the Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) Foundation Diabetes Master Clinician Program offers physicians an edge on a disease that’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, the leading cause of renal failure (end-stage renal disease), non-traumatic limb amputations and blindness, and the leading contributor to cardiovascular disease.