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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.”

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. 

Exercise Addiction: Adults and Teens

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- "I would say I'm addicted."

And 15-year-old DeAndre Johnson's very proud of his dedication to keeping physically fit.

He's the freshman quarterback for First Coast High School, helping the Buccanneers keep their undefeated regular season alive.

When we caught up with him before Friday's big game (Nov. 18), DeAndre explained how keeping his body in shape by working out, takes up most of his time.

"You have no social life," DeAndre explains. You can watch more of his video interview on this web page.

TEEN EXERCISE ADDICTION

Is DeAndre too into his workouts?  Is he truly addicted to exercise?

No, according to guidelines explained by Riverside Pediatrician Dr. Hilleary Rockwell.

"A dramatic change in weight or the appearance of the child," Dr. Rockwell explains, "would be a sign that things have changed as far as diet and exercise."

Jacksonville Children Train to Become Superheroes & Pirates

Jacksonville Children Train to Become Superheroes & Pirates

Pump It Up of Jacksonville Focuses on Imaginative Play with Pirate and Superhero Training Camps

 

Recognizing that make-believe play is a rarity for children in today’s digital world filled with high-tech toys and gaming systems, Pump It Up is reintroducing families to the benefits of using their imaginations. The indoor inflatable playground that has attracted a loyal community following over the last several years is unveiling an entirely new line of “Adventure Parties,” where children go through Superhero or Pirate training camps and encourages imaginative play among children 3 to 7 years old.

Shands to Close Kidney Transplant Program

 

Transplant program update from Shands.

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center will officially close its kidney transplant program effective Jan. 11, 2012.  This permanent closure follows a decision last January to voluntarily inactivate the program due to very low surgical volumes over the past several years that no longer allowed it to be viable.  Shands Jacksonville will close the program according to guidelines established by UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing).

Tips For Packing Healthy Lunches Your Kids Will Eat

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As working parents with no time to spare, many people may just be thankful they remember to send their child to school with a lunch "from home".

However, before grabbing another prepackaged kids' meal at your local grocery story, local registered dietitian Kristen Farnham says it's easy to prepare a well-balanced, nutritious and fun meal for kids to take to school.

She should know. Farnham is constantly finding creative ways to include fruits and vegetables in her elementary school-aged daughter's lunchbox.

The following are 5 of Farnham's suggestions: