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Local health department encourages flu vaccination

Local health department encourages flu vaccination

As flu activity begins to increase in our area, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) is recommending flu shots for everyone over the age of six months. An annual flu shot can protect you, your family and the community, and is especially important for those in high risk groups, which […]

Navarre called to #BeThe1To prevent suicide

Navarre called to #BeThe1To prevent suicide

In recognition of September as National Suicide Prevention Month, Navarre High School will be observing #BeThe1To week Sept. 9-13, and the school is inviting the community to join in the effort. Lead by the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club, this event is based on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s strategies for suicide prevention and […]

Five things to know: Stroke risk

Five things to know: Stroke risk

In Santa Rosa County, 6,145 people had a stroke in 2016, according to the Florida Department of Health. And the data does not paint a rosy picture. Strokes and stroke deaths throughout the county have been on the rise for the past five years.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of […]

Chill Out plays role in helping vulnerable seniors beat the heat

Chill Out plays role in helping vulnerable seniors beat the heat

It’s time to Chill Out. For nearly a decade the Council on Aging of West Florida has hosted a one-day event to collect new air conditioners, fans and money to help benefit senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties who live in homes without an option to stay cool.   Read the full article […]

Navarre teen Vinny a voice for epilepsy

Navarre teen Vinny a voice for epilepsy

It was just a typical school day Feb. 2 for 16-year-old Vinny Solomon as he sat in class at Navarre High School. It was Friday, and the weekend was on its way. But something was not right. An all-too-familiar feeling was creeping up on Vinny. “It feels like a lot of déjà vu, and I […]

There is hope

There is hope

Suicide is rarely tied to one event or emotion. Frequently it arises from an intricate fabric of circumstances, risk factors and feelings that culminate in the idea that a person is facing more than he or she can handle. Suicide claims nearly 45,000 lives in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease […]

Improved shingles vaccine

Improved shingles vaccine

Though many people 60 and older have already received a vaccine against shingles, they may need to seek revaccination soon. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Oct. 20 approved a new shingles vaccine called Shingrix, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has taken it under review. The committee currently advises the health-care […]

Hurlburt soil remediation removes decades-old pesticide

Hurlburt soil remediation removes decades-old pesticide

Driving along U.S. Highway 98 near Hurlburt Field, it is hard not to notice the large machinery erected along the roadside, especially when massive white plumes are billowing from it. But there is nothing to fear, said Ciara Travis, community engagement public affairs specialist for the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt. In fact, the […]

Flu cases on the rise in Santa Rosa

Flu cases on the rise in Santa Rosa

With an increase in cases of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) in our area, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) encourages everyone to protect themselves and their families from the flu by getting vaccinated. According to reports from the Emergency Department at Santa Rosa Medical Center, 2.8 percent of the emergency department […]

Managing youth sports

Managing youth sports

When I moved to Navarre, I was amazed to hear how popular and wide-ranging youth sports are in this area. Having young kids, I had not yet been exposed to the sports mom life. Here, our children play sports year-round. Often, that’s the same sport throughout the year. It requires a lot of time, travel, […]

Opioid abuse declared state emergency

Opioid abuse declared state emergency

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declaration that opioid abuse has become a national epidemic, Gov. Rick Scott declared a Public Health Emergency in Florida Wednesday. The declaration opens up $27 million in federal funds for the state to use in prevention, treatment and recovery services News Service of Florida reports. “I know firsthand how heartbreaking substance […]

Reunification improves children’s lives

Reunification improves children’s lives

There are children who have been beaten by their caregivers so badly they were hospitalized. There are children younger than 7-years-old that have been left unsupervised while mom or dad went on a party binge. There are children who live in constant fear or uncertainty. While these children need out, to find a safe place […]

Child abuse trauma leaves lifelong scars inside

Child abuse trauma leaves lifelong scars inside

Steven, a teen from Walla Walla, Washington, did what so many other teens do: He smoked weed and took an array of other drugs. He was put on probation for criminal offenses and, at the age of 17, he nearly killed himself from an overdose. This article is part of a series focused on National […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 11

SHERIFF: DEPUTY HEARS SCREAMS, SHOOTS MAN STABBING A WOMAN Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at a news conference Monday that the deputy responded to the screams as the woman was being stabbed at a home in Orlando. He says that when the man failed to obey the deputy’s command to drop his knife, the […]

Healthy eating for kiddos

Healthy eating for kiddos

It’s a time honored struggle: getting children to eat healthy. There is some comfort in knowing that the struggle has been ongoing for generations, yes the struggle IS real. Yet, what is not so comforting is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled […]

Teen depression can be conquered

Teen depression can be conquered

Alex Worthington was a 17-year-old football player with the Navarre High School Raiders. His mother, Liesa Worthington, described him as hardworking, always striving to be the best at what he does for those around him. But after a serious injury to his stomach, Alex was sidelined, and when he returned to the field, he was […]

Rising mosquito populations mean higher risk of infection

Rising mosquito populations mean higher risk of infection

Summer is peak season for mosquitoes, and more cases of mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile and Zika virus are being reported throughout Florida. In Santa Rosa County, a human case of West Nile was reported Aug. 19 and Hurlburt Field discovered West Nile positive mosquitoes in their mosquito traps on the Sound Side. Zika […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 3

HULK HOGAN SEEKS REMATCH WITH GAWKER, SUES OVER TRANSCRIPT Hogan’s new lawsuit Monday comes on the heels of winning a $140 million verdict against Gawker after it posted a video of him having sex with his then-best friend’s wife. The three-week trial was a lurid inside look at the business of celebrity gossip and a […]

Department of health receives national accreditation

Department of health receives national accreditation

The Florida Department of Health is the first in the nation to receive national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. “As an agency, we couldn’t be more proud,” said Jennifer Tschetter, the department’s chief operating officer. “The accreditation demonstrates we have organizational systems in place to ensure the highest public health outcomes possible.” Read […]