Health

Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the Duval County Public School Board began making recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and is in an unfortunate financial situation.

However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.

Ride Your Bike to Work Day, May 20th

Jacksonville City Council member Don Redman and the North Florida Bicycle Club invite residents to join them by participating in “Ride Your Bike To Work Day” on Friday, May 20th.

Quality Physical Education Must be Maintained in Duval County Public Schools

Today, the Duval County Public School Board will begin to make recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and  is in an unfortunate financial situation. However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.

On the Move Luncheon this Thursday, May 19

On Thursday, May 19th the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, North Florida Chapter will hold its annual On the Move Luncheon (formerly called Women On the Move Luncheon) at the Garden Club of Jacksonville from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center Wins Prestigious Governor’s Sterling Award for Sustained Perform

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center Wins Prestigious  Governor’s Sterling Award for Sustained Perform

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center is proud to announce its recognition by Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Sterling Council for Sustained Performance Excellence for 2011.

“Shands Jacksonville understands the importance of providing the best care possible to its patients and their families and strives to meet those expectations every day. The Sterling Sustained Excellence recognition shows just how hard every caregiver and employee within our organization works, and we are proud that Governor Rick Scott and the Sterling committee have recognized our efforts,” said Jim Burkhart, Chief Executive Officer of Shands Jacksonville.

Make it Your Mission to Learn About Your Heart Health at the Go Red For Women Luncheon

Make it Your Mission to Learn About Your Heart Health at the Go Red For Women Luncheon

The American Heart Association, First Coast Market and chairwoman Kristi Bageant-Epperson of Citi are hosting the First Coast Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, May 20, 2011. For for information including ticket prices and event location contact the American Heart Assocation, First Coast Market at 904-256-5724 or go to www.heart.org/firstcoastgored

Stop Bullying Now! One Mile Fun Walk!, May 21

River Point Behavioral Health in Jacksonville, Florida and Mental Health America of Northeast Florida (MHA) joined forces to organize a Stop Bullying Now! One Mile Fun Walk to take a stand against bullying in our community and schools. The event will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 8:30a.m. and will begin and end at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) in Jacksonville.