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National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month Activities

National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month Activities

We can stop our No. 1 killer together by sharing the truth about heart disease

 Friday, February 3, 2012 is National Wear Red Day and February is American Heart Month. The American Heart Association- First Coast Market is participating in and/or hosting a number of public events listed below. Why is this important? The Facts are Clear– More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, the killer isn’t as easy to see. Many times heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood.

  • Thursday, February 2, 2012   

Flu Update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Influenza (the flu) is a dangerous disease that takes the lives of thousands of people in the United States every year—and causes more than 200,000 people to be hospitalized. Anyone can get sick from the flu and spread the virus to others. Increases in flu activity are expected soon as the flu season gets underway.

Florida Get D's & F's on American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control Report

Florida Get D's & F's on American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control Report

 

The American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2012 report was released today. The report showed that Florida received mixed grades on important tobacco issues, such as smoking cessation coverage and smokefree air laws. 

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.”

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.