Reduce P.E. While childhood Obesity Rising ?

The American Heart Association strongly opposes House Bill 4057, by State Representative Larry Metz, removing the requirement for Middle School Physical Education. 

Currently 30% of Florida’s youth are overweight or obese.  As these students get older, their obesity problem just gets worse.  

WinterFEST Opens This Friday, November 18th!

Welcome to Jacksonville’s first annual WinterFEST celebration hosted by Adventure Landing and Visit Jacksonville, featuring a spectacular outdoor ice skating rink and the City’s only evening snowfall!

BEAM Planning Thanksgiving Basket Project

BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry) is looking for individuals and groups in the Beaches area to participate in BEAM'S 2011 Thanksgiving basket project. BEAM has distributed Thanksgiving dinner baskets to families in need in the Beaches area for years.  

In past years, the project has been adopted by community partners that enabled expansion of the program to local seniors, but this year, the Thanksgiving Basket project is completely dependent on the grassroots efforts of individuals and groups in the community.

BEAM is seeking groups of friends, neighbors, co-workers, church groups, schools, sport groups, scouts, and others, to gather suggested Thanksgiving dinner items including a package of rice or mashed potatoes, bag of stuffing, two packages of macaroni and cheese, can of cranberry sauce, four cans of vegetables like green beans and yams, jar of turkey gravy, packaged cookies and a $15 grocery store gift certificate to purchase a turkey.

Register Your Emergency Contact Information Week

If you are involved in a crash, who would you want police to notify?  In Florida, residents have  the ability to make that decision before an emergency strikes. To date, more than 5 million Floridians have registered their  emergency contacts with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  Gov. Rick Scott signed a proclamation to name Oct. 2 - 8, 2011, Register Your Emergency Contact Information Week in  Florida, and DHSMV is teaming up with the Division of Emergency Management to encourage all Floridians to register  their contacts.

Bank of America to Charge $5 a Month for Debit Cards

NEW YORK (AP) - Bank of America plans to start charging customers a $5 monthly debit card fee.

The fee will be rolled out starting early next year.

A Bank of America Corp. spokeswoman says customers will only be charged the fee if they use their debit cards for purchases in any given month. Customers won't be charged if they only use their cards at an ATM.