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Rethink Summer From a Skin Health Perspective

Rethink Summer From a Skin Health Perspective

Help Kids Understand That Fun in the Shade is Cooler

School’s out; sun’s out; summer’s here.  But the tradition of summer fun in the sun all day is losing ground, as awareness of skin cancer (the most common form of cancer in the U.S.) rises, and more of us make smarter decisions about sun protection.

Still, parents face the challenge of what to do to keep easily bored children and teenagers engaged out of the house and also out of the sun during the peak summer hours of sun damage risk (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

In keeping with its In Pursuit of Health mission, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida offers these suggestions to help parents help kids understand the risk factors for skin cancer and make healthier choices about outdoor summer activities.

Learn About the Skin You’re In

WHAT DID YOU SAY????? A FREE CAR?????

WHAT DID YOU SAY?????  A FREE CAR?????

  Established in 1996, and recently recharged in April of 2011, the Original 1 800 Charity Cars is back and better than ever!!!!

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back to school already?

Some anxious retailers are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra early. With good reason: Last year consumers spent more than $55 billion on back-to-school shopping, the National Retail Federation says. Many retailers are still nervous about consumer spending in a topsy-turvy economy.

That's one reason why Toys R Us' "Pack to School" sale on backpacks and lunchboxes started as early as July 1 in some parts of the country.

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New Daily Deal Web Site Coming to the First Coast

First Coast News is launching a brand new daily deal Web site called DealChicken

Here’s how DealChicken works: Consumers sign up to receive future daily deals by visiting www.dealchicken.com. The deals are sent to consumers’ e-mail addresses.

Once the site launches, you’ll get one amazing deal delivered to your inbox per day. These will range from excellent deals on food at some of your favorite restaurants, to massive discounts on a round of golf, tanning, etc.

St. Luke’s Hospital Launches New 30 Minute ER

St. Luke’s Hospital Launches New 30 Minute ER

The wait is officially over at St. Luke’s. The hospital just launched a 30 Minute ER campaign designed to reduce long waits in the Emergency Room. The goal is for each patient to be seen by a physician or physician’s assistant within 30 minutes of their arrival to the St. Luke’s ER.

“We understand the last thing people want to do is sit in a waiting room when they are not feeling well,” said Donnie Romine, President of St. Luke’s Hospital. “We have allocated resources to better ensure patients are seen in a more, timely manner.”

Our commitment to increased efficiency includes adding staff, many who are on-call, waiting to respond should wait times start to increase, beginning triage as quickly as possible to evaluate patients and prioritize the severity of conditions and ordering tests and treatment as soon as possible.

“St. Luke’s Hospital has a long history of delivering quality care to patients.

Adventure Landing Hosts “Pirate’s Plunge Party”!

Adventure Landing Hosts “Pirate’s Plunge Party”!

On Saturday, June 25th, from 10am-3pm, Adventure Landing and Shipwreck Island Waterpark will be hosting an island festivity at the “Pirate’s Plunge Party”.  From 10am–3pm guests can enjoy searching for clues on dry land during the “Island Scavenger Hunt”. 

Wildfire Danger: How Can Parents Help Calm Their Children?

Wildfire Danger: How Can Parents Help Calm Their Children?

Massive wildfires continue to rage throughout Northeast Florida.  The chance of potential evacuations remains high.  Many children are seeing television or newspaper reports about the risk of wildfires. Because of these factors, the Florida Department of Children and Families is issuing expert tips from Child Guidance Center to help parents address their children’s concerns.