Health

Best Buddies Inagural Friendship Walk this Saturday!

Best Buddies Inagural Friendship Walk this Saturday!

Best Buddies Jacksonville will host its inaugural Friendship Walk, a Walk-a-Thon and Friendship Festival, featuring carnival-style festivities, delicious food, and entertainment on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the University of North Florida Amphitheater.  

Relay for Life Fundraiser April 10th

Relay for Life Fundraiser April 10th

Does your hair need a trim? Do you like the idea of getting a stylish cut while also helping the American Cancer Society?

Caviar Salon in Jacksonville Beach presents “Cut for the Cure,” a Relay for Life fundraiser, on April 10th from 11 AM to 4 PM. Stylists are volunteering their time and talent to cut hair for $25.00. All proceeds go to Relay for Life, a fundraising arm of the American Cancer Society.

Planned Parenthood of North Florida Works to Keep Young People Healthy During STD Awareness Month

Planned Parenthood of North Florida Works to Keep Young People Healthy During STD Awareness Month

To help reduce the alarming rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among young people in the U.S., Planned Parenthood of North Florida is joining with MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage youth to GYT — Get Yourself Tested — during National STD Awareness Month in April. 

As many as one in two sexually active young people will contract an STD by age 25 — and most won’t know it[1].  In Duval County there were 2,200 reported cases of STDs among 15-19 year olds in 2009 according to the Florida Department of Health. The award-winning GYT campaign is focusing this year on getting sexually active Americans under age 25 to embrace STD testing as part of a healthy, productive life. According to the CDC, this age group represents half of the estimated 19 million sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States each year. When left untreated, STDs can increase the risk of HIV infection, infertility and cancer.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and Mayo Clinic Strengthen Relationship

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) and Mayo Clinic in Florida have expanded their agreement, making Mayo Clinic an in-network option for BCBSF BlueOptions (PPO) members, effective April 1, 2011. This multi-year contract marks the broadest relationship to date between BCBSF and Mayo Clinic in Florida as it builds off the existing Traditional Program and BlueChoice PPO networks.

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking Rally Today in Jacksonville

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking  Rally Today in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Students from all of Duval county's public high schools are participating in the Stop Teenage Underage Drinking (S.T.U.D.) Rally.

The event addresses issues relating to underage drinking and lifestyle choices that teens face on a daily basis.

The S.T.U.D. Rally begins at 7 A.M. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium.

New Behavioral Health Network To Launch

There is an urgent need for mental health and substance abuse treatment in our city.  One out of four children deal with behavioral health issues each year.  Studies show that 22 percent of Jacksonville’s population- more than 188,000 people- have a mental disorder during a one-year period.   Of people with severe mental disorders, 27 percent of them use illegal drugs each year.  Twelve percent of all residents use illegal drugs annually.  Thousands of Jacksonville residents are not getting the mental health and substance abuse treatment that they need.

To make the community aware of the critical need for help, and to inform people in need about resources that are available to help them, the Behavioral Health Network of Northeast Florida is being launched.  This is the first-ever effort to bring together the resources of agencies that assist people with substance abuse and mental health issues, people in recovery from mental health and substance abuse disorders, and family members affected by mental health disorders, all with the purpose of transforming Jacksonville’s behavioral health system.  The network will hold a kick-off event that is free to the public on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at the Jacksonville Public Library’s Downtown Library, 303 North Laura Street.  This event will also take place at Hemming Plaza next to the Library.

Winn-Dixie Protects Customers' Health with Exclusive Service Sanitizing Shopping Carts

Winn-Dixie Protects Customers' Health with Exclusive Service Sanitizing Shopping Carts

Winn-Dixie Stores announced it recently signed an exclusive agreement with Green Secure Solutions, Inc. to use its patent-pending process to clean, sanitize and protect shopping carts, hand baskets, handicap carts, food trays and other equipment at the grocer’s 484 stores.