Enjoying summer food gatherings — safely

Summer is a popular time for eating outdoors — whether it’s at the beach or a park, or in someone’s backyard for a pool party or barbecue. Most of us are thinking more about having fun than thinking about food safety. But, it’s a good idea to keep food safety in mind, as you prepare your summer get-togethers. After all, foodborne illness rates typically increase during the summer … [Read more...]

Expert: Vaccination prevents measles

Measles is back in the news again — in a big way. From Jan. 1 to May 3, there were 764 individual cases reported in 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And, as of May 9, Florida had two reported cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. It’s important to stay aware, said Suzanne Chandler, system director of Infection Prevention and Control for Baycare … [Read more...]

Seminar spotlights Pasco’s opioid epidemic, solutions

When it comes to tackling the opioid crisis in Pasco County, the community needs all hands on deck. That’s according to Monica Rousseau, coordinator for the Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP). Rousseau was one of ASAP’s group of speakers for an opioid crisis seminar at the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel. The Sept. 18 … [Read more...]

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...]

Knowledge is power in the war on sexual assault

A group of men and women gathered at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch on April 26 for a community seminar on the issue of sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Awareness Symposium, co-sponsored by PHSC and Sunrise of Pasco County Domestic & Sexual Violence Center covered a social issue that’s often difficult for people to talk about. It’s a widespread problem, … [Read more...]

Zika virus cases keep growing

The news on the Zika virus keeps evolving, as the number of travel-associated cases in the United State continues to grow. As of Feb. 10, there were 52 travel-associated cases of Zika virus in the United States, including 16 in Florida, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Feb. 3 directed state Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to declare a public health … [Read more...]

In Print: No smoking in Pasco, running the Boston Marathon, and a new app

Despite the numerous health warnings against it, more than 42 million Americans -- 18.1 percent of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control -- smoke cigarettes. They light up at home, they light up in the car, during meals, or when ever they may be stressed. However, those smokers may not be welcome to work with the Pasco County government come October if a plan offered … [Read more...]