Summer Lunch Providers Needed

The Jacksonville Children's Commission (Commission), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Florida Department of Education are currently seeking community organizations to partner with to serve lunches and snacks this summer in low-income neighborhoods free of charge and in a safe, effective and efficient manner to help alleviate child hunger. 

New Behavioral Health Network To Launch

There is an urgent need for mental health and substance abuse treatment in our city.  One out of four children deal with behavioral health issues each year.  Studies show that 22 percent of Jacksonville’s population- more than 188,000 people- have a mental disorder during a one-year period.   Of people with severe mental disorders, 27 percent of them use illegal drugs each year.  Twelve percent of all residents use illegal drugs annually.  Thousands of Jacksonville residents are not getting the mental health and substance abuse treatment that they need.

To make the community aware of the critical need for help, and to inform people in need about resources that are available to help them, the Behavioral Health Network of Northeast Florida is being launched.  This is the first-ever effort to bring together the resources of agencies that assist people with substance abuse and mental health issues, people in recovery from mental health and substance abuse disorders, and family members affected by mental health disorders, all with the purpose of transforming Jacksonville’s behavioral health system.  The network will hold a kick-off event that is free to the public on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at the Jacksonville Public Library’s Downtown Library, 303 North Laura Street.  This event will also take place at Hemming Plaza next to the Library.

Winn-Dixie Protects Customers' Health with Exclusive Service Sanitizing Shopping Carts

Winn-Dixie Protects Customers' Health with Exclusive Service Sanitizing Shopping Carts

Winn-Dixie Stores announced it recently signed an exclusive agreement with Green Secure Solutions, Inc. to use its patent-pending process to clean, sanitize and protect shopping carts, hand baskets, handicap carts, food trays and other equipment at the grocer’s 484 stores.

Memorial Hospital’s Breast Center Earns Full NAPBC Accreditation

Memorial Hospital’s Breast Center has been granted a full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. There are only nine centers in Florida, including Memorial’s, that have this elite designation. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. The standards established by the NAPBC include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. The NAPBC determined that Memorial Hospital has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

Take Care Clinics Offering Discounted Physicals

Take Care Clinics Offering Discounted Physicals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Though the cold weather lingers, summer is not far away, and with that comes sports and activities for children.

Take Care Clinics at area Walgreen's stores are offering physical examinations for children for $35 through the end of April. The normal cost is $60.

The exams will make sure children are up to date on immunizations and are fit for sports and camp activities.

"Sports and camp physicals are a great opportunity for families to interact with a trusted health care professional who can identify children who might be at risk for illness or injury during certain activities," said Sandra Festa Ryan, RN, MSN, CPNP, FAANP and chief nurse practitioner officer for Take Care Health Systems. 

Optometrist is Only Location in Jacksonville to Dispense emPower Lens

Dr. Frank Houser, owner of The EYE Doctor, P.A. is excited to currently be the only Optometrist in Jacksonville that will dispense PixelOptics new emPower electronic lens. The lens was recently featured in the New York Times, Yahoo! News, Vision Monday, and was featured at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.  emPower works via a layer of liquid crystals just under the surface. These crystals change how the lenses refract (bend) light, just as varying levels of thickness do in regular glasses. The emPower will allow patients' to self-adjust the prescription in their lenses, all users will need to do is touch the side of the frame.
Dr. Houser and his Board Certified Optician would like to make themselves available for an interview about the lens to educate those in Jacksonville about this exciting development in lens technology. Dr. Frank Houser is located at 13170 Atlantic Blvd, Ste 53. and can be contacted at (904) 221-6500.

Join Florida Native’s Fight against MS This Week at SUITE

Two years ago Sarah Reed’s life was forever altered when the then 25-year-old was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). As a former varsity track and field athlete at Florida State, Reed decided to channel her competitive spirit towards fighting her newly diagnosed disease.