Health

Local family launches CrossFit gym

Local family launches CrossFit gym

Three years ago Pete Sharrett found himself chasing children while coaching friends and family through CrossFit workouts in his garage. He led coworkers in similar workouts at the Ocean City Wright Fire Department, where he works. Then he and his family started having workout parties that combined CrossFit and BBQ. “We are a family of athletes,” Sharrett, one of four co-owners of a new CrossFit gym […]

Students rock against drugs

Students rock against drugs

Students around Navarre are dressed up today to signify their pledge to be drug free. According to David Gunter, director of middle schools, the Santa Rosa County School District does not have a significant drug problem. “When you look at the number of students we have, we have a relatively small number of drug-related incidents,” […]

Bondi and law enforcement fight Amendment 2

Bondi and law enforcement fight Amendment 2

A push to legalize medical marijuana use in Florida is being opposed by law enforcement officials, including Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Sheriff’s Association. The measure will appear as Amendment 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot. People United for Medical Marijuana gathered more than 100,000 petitions in excess of the 683,149 required to put Amendment 2 on the general election ballot. Of those United for Care campaign petitions, […]

Profiles in PINK

Profiles in PINK

“I woke up out of surgery and looked up and saw them all with their tattoos.” Kelly Gatto will never forget that vivid moment, surrounded by friends after mastectomy surgery in March 2012.       Barbara Thompson was 37 years old when she received a devastating diagnosis of Stage 2b invasive carcinoma in multiple tumors. “That was pretty tough. The prognosis was not very good, but I was determined. […]

Santa Rosa earns Gold Healthy School District status

Santa Rosa earns Gold Healthy School District status

For the second year in a row Santa Rosa County School District has qualified as a Healthy School District, earning a gold level designation. To achieve the recognition the district had to conduct a thorough self-assessment of activities such as health and physical education, nutrition services, psychological and social services, and staff wellness efforts. “Our […]

Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68

Just three days ago, the Florida Department of Health reported the state’s first confirmed case of the Enterovirus D68 (EVD68) in Polk County. Today, the Pensacola News Journal reported another case of the virus in an 8-year-old boy who lives in Escambia County. Last month, the Navarre Press reported on the virus that, at that point, was […]

What’s new with breast cancer

What’s new with breast cancer

Advances in prevention and treatment of breast cancer have paved the way to higher survival rates recently. In the last decade scientists have been better able to detect the small molecular profile differences from patient to patient, which has enabled more personalized treatment, said David E. Mann Jr., M.D., Hematology Oncology , Baptist Medical Group. Also notable in treatment advances is […]

School and health officials team up to tackle staph

School and health officials team up to tackle staph

Recently parents at Avalon Middle School were alerted to an outbreak of staph infection among several students. Although the source was determined to be an off-campus local sports program in the Pace community, the school is taking steps to prevent the spread of the infection on campus. “As a precautionary measure we are requiring that all students identified with this infection have a release from their doctor to […]

Navarre man bit by bat, prompts rabies alert

Navarre man bit by bat, prompts rabies alert

In retrospect, he probably should have worn a glove, Ricky Acosta said. But with a family gathering about to happen, Acosta was just trying to hurry when he decided Sept. 12 to pick up a bat that he thought was dead on Hurlburt Field. Acosta, who said he is used to handling animals for his job, was trying to follow orders and dispose of […]

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