Health

Get the flu vaccine now before the season hits

Family physicians are strong proponents of immunizations 

With the true flu season rearing its ugly head in the winter months – December, January and February – the time to get the flu shot is now, say family physicians. It’s takes a full month to build up antibodies after you’ve received the vaccine and once exposed, the chances are that you’ll get it if you’ve waited to be inoculated.

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.  

Watch What You Touch During Cold and Flu Season

Watch What You Touch During Cold and Flu Season

 

With the start of flu season here, it’s time to start thinking about staying healthy. Nothing can ruin the holidays like a bad case of the flu. Memorial Hospital Medical Director Dr. Gary Winfield says the best thing you can do is get a flu shot. “The flu shot is our best weapon against the flu,” Dr. Winfield said. “It can prevent you from getting the flu, or if you do get it, it can make your symptoms less severe.”

Local Jacksonville Physician Travels to Ecuador to Train Local Doctors

 

Dr. Jose Nieto of Jacksonville’s Borland-Groover Clinic, the third largest GI clinic in the U.S., recently conducted live endoscopic training for physicians in Ecuador. He was invited by Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Gastroenterologia to serve as keynote speaker and to perform live cases to teach the physicians advanced endoscopic techniques. Over 100 Ecuadorean doctors attended the event. Physicians with difficult GI cases enlisted Dr. Nieto’s help in treating those patients as part of the training.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Names the United Way's Born Learning Program Winner

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Names the United Way's Born Learning Program Winner

 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. (BCBSF) has named United Way’s Born Learning program the September/October winner of its The Pursuit social media campaignThe Born Learning program is a result of a partnership between United Way of America, the Ad Council, Civitas and Families and Work Institute, helping parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children. As many communities are concerned with children attending school unprepared, United Way’s Born Learning program provides parents, grandparents, informal caregivers and professional child care providers with educational materials on how to boost school readiness in order to help children succeed academically. 

Tobacco Free Jacksonville Coalition and Tobacco Free Florida

Today marks the 36th Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The Tobacco Free Jacksonville Coalition with the Duval County Health Department, the Florida Department of Health and Tobacco Free Florida are celebrating this event by encouraging Floridians to commit to being tobacco-free for 24 hours on Thursday.