Fitness expert offers tips to get healthy, stay healthy

Are you really healthy? That was the main question posed by fitness professional Casio Jones, during a recent Community Awareness Series event, presented by Pasco-Hernando State College. Jones is the wellness director for Florida Hospital Zephyrhills CREATION Health and Wellness Center, at 38233 Daughtery Road. Jones held an educational and interactive discussion on March 14 at PHSC’s … [Read more...]

Using the written word to help process grief

While the journey through grief is a singular experience for those who have suffered a loss, there are tools that can help, said Tiffany Kring, a bereavement counselor at Gulfside Hospice. One approach uses the power of the written word to work through the grieving process, said Kring, who will be leading a free workshop called “Journaling Through Grief.” The session is scheduled for March … [Read more...]

Health News 03/15/17

Oak Hill team recognized by cancer society Oak Hill Hospital’s associates were recognized by the American Cancer Society as a Pink Ribbon Sponsor of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The hospital’s team contributed more than $3,000 to the project, raising funds through associate-sponsored events and activities, such as its ‘Kiss the Pig’ contest. Cathy Edmisten, left, vice president … [Read more...]

Health News 03/08/2017

Tax collector spotlights therapy ranch The Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office will focus on the Kiddy Up Horse Therapy Ranch as its charity for the month of March. The therapy and learning academy includes therapeutic riding, therapeutic driving utilizing the respected Horse Boy Method, and related learning programs for children with disabilities and veterans with disabilities. Funds … [Read more...]

Strong opinions continue to surface on health care reform

It wasn’t an overflow crowd for U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ third listening session, but there were plenty of people with strong opinions on the issue of health care reform. There were also more people in this crowd who spoke in favor of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, than did at the previous session that Bilirakis had in New Port Richey. Opinions … [Read more...]

Pasco OKs medical marijuana dispensaries

The Pasco County Commission has approved medical marijuana dispensaries, on a limited scale, to open for business in the county. Commissioners approved an ordinance on Feb. 21 that permits two medical marijuana dispensaries. The permits will be issued only for a low-level form of the product, known as Charlotte’s web. The permits also will be issued to two separate applicants, who will be … [Read more...]

Make your heart happy: Eat healthy

Here’s the bad news: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths results from heart disease. Here’s the good news: Heart disease often can be prevented. To keep your heart happy, it’s important to make healthy lifestyle choices and also essential to manage your health conditions. Communities, health professionals … [Read more...]

Health News 02/22/2017

Children’s Dental Health Month The Florida Department of Health and the American Dental Association partner every February to raise awareness about the importance of children’s oral health. Dental health is an important part of overall health. Parents should take time to discuss teeth and gum care. Children should: Brush their teeth twice a day, floss daily, see a dentist regularly, maintain … [Read more...]

Crowd gives Bilirakis an earful

A crowd — that sometimes became raucous — turned out to a listening session held by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis on the issue of health care reform. Bilirakis billed the session as an opportunity to receive feedback and ideas from constituents on the future direction of the nation’s health care system, including the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. People filled every seat … [Read more...]

Health News 02/15/2017

Margaret Polk is School Nurse of the Year The Florida Association of School Nurses selected Pasco County Schools’ school nurse Margaret Polk as Florida’s 2017 School Nurse of the Year. Polk is the school nurse at Pasco High School and James Irvin Education Center. She has worked for Pasco County Schools since 1991. The FASN Florida School Nurse of the Year award recognizes a Florida … [Read more...]