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Florida Blue Recognizes Duval County Public School Employees During Employee Appreciation Day

Florida Blue Recognizes Duval County Public School Employees During Employee Appreciation Day

The Jacksonville Florida Blue Center invites Duval County Public School employees (DCPS) to an action-packed Employee Appreciation Day in Jacksonville filled with fun for the whole family. DCPS employees and family members are invited to come out for free health screenings, food and great prizes in appreciation for what they do for the community. There will be various activities for children to enjoy while parents learn about wellness and affordable health options.

Affordable Care Act Helps Moms-To-Be Save on Preventive Care

Affordable Care Act Helps Moms-To-Be Save on Preventive Care

Affordable Care Act Helps Moms-To-Be Save on Preventive Care

Health Plans Now Cover Co-Pays for More than a Dozen

Preventive Care Services for Women  

Data from the last two decades indicates that more babies are born in the U.S. during the summer months than in any other time of the year.  But for the first time this year, expectant moms can actually spend less on preventive care than those from years past due to the Affordable Care Act..

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.

Duval County Public Schools' Provides Breakfast and Lunch This Summer to Children Under 18

Duval County Public Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June, July and August.

Residents Battle Childhood Cancer with Lemonade

In their continuous efforts in the battle against childhood cancer, the Dilworth family will host their 6th Annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand Grand Stand as part of the Foundation’s National Lemonade Days fundraising weekend on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 9AM – 3PM, at their home, 345 8th Street in Atlantic Beach, FL  32233. The Dilworth Family Grand Stand will be held in honor of all children and their families who have been touched by childhood cancer.

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  --  A background check the Department of Children and Families did on one Jacksonville woman before it issued her licenses to operate a day care and be a foster parent did not reveal her abusive past, according to new DCF records.

DCF gave Annette Smith a license to operate a day care in 2001 and one to be a foster parent in 2004. But Smith was convicted of child abuse in 1991, which according to DCF's foster care checklist is a disqualifier.

According to DCF, it did a background check on Smith. Documents  just released from the agency are partially redacted, but a check done by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement only shows Smith's 1992 and 1993 DUI arrests and convictions. DUI is not a disqualifier.

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Straight Talk, a unique partnership of the Jaguars Foundation with local media, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to help prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections among teens is airing its 2011 show from June 2 through June 9, 2011.   This year’s show is co-hosted by Samantha “Sam,” cheerleader from The ROAR of the Jaguars, Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox and Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings.