Walmart dropping health benefits

Walmart dropping health benefits

Walmart is dropping health benefits at a time when sickness is at an all-time high. On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Walmart announced it is eliminating health benefits for about 30,000 employees to control its rising healthcare costs. Part-time employees who work less than 30 hours per week will no longer be eligible for benefits. Walmart […]

First confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 in Polk County

First confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 in Polk County

Polk County, Florida – The Florida Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of an Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection in a 10-year-old girl who is recovering in Polk County. The department advises parents, child care workers, and healthcare professionals to be vigilant for respiratory virus infections such as enterovirus (EV), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), […]

Ocala nurse suspended from practicing

Ocala nurse suspended from practicing

Ocala, Florida — John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Cristine Townsend Kitchings, R.N., to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Florida. Kitchings previously participated in the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) in the early 1990s and received discipline […]

Marion County Firefighters turn out in pink this October

Marion County Firefighters turn out in pink this October

Marion County, Florida – In addition to fighting fires, responding to car accidents, and other medical emergencies, your Marion County firefighters are sporting the color pink throughout October in efforts to fight breast and other cancers. Firefighters exposed to carcinogens and other chemicals while on the job are disproportionately diagnosed with breast cancer – just […]

Medically supervised weight loss program

Medically supervised weight loss program

    MENTION THIS ARTICLE AND RECEIVE A $20.00 IN OFFICE CREDIT!* New and improved medically supervised weight loss program. Call 352-629-5939 or visit www.shcocala.com for more information.   MENTION THIS ARTICLE AND RECEIVE A $20.00 IN OFFICE CREDIT!* *$20.00 credit cannot be applied toward co-pays. Please follow and like us:

Marion County horse tested positive for West Nile virus

Marion County horse tested positive for West Nile virus

  Ocala, Florida —The Florida Department of Health in Marion County today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Marion County. A horse tested positive for the West Nile virus and there is a heightened concern that residents will become ill. The horse was located on a farm […]

Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD

Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD

  Ocala, Florida — Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious condition that can be very debilitating and even result in the death of the individual afflicted. This condition not only disproportionally affects soldiers, but also firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and law enforcement officers. Marcel “Butch” Verrando, who currently serves the citizens of Marion County as a […]

FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

  Tallahassee, Florida – The Florida Department of Health acknowledges that September 9, 2014, is recognized as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. FASDs are a group of conditions that can cause birth defects and developmental disabilities in a baby whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Pregnant women — and women who are […]

Hot Pursuit: Running for a Cure

Hot Pursuit: Running for a Cure

  Ocala, Florida — Join the fight on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for the “In Hot Pursuit: Running for a Cure 5K”, hosted by Marion County Public Safety Supports a Cure. All proceeds from this event benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Please follow and like us:

2014-2015: Back to school and sports physicals

2014-2015: Back to school and sports physicals

LAST DAY IS THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014. Ocala, Florida — Symphony Healthcare, Inc., located at 202 SW 17th Street, Suite A, Ocala, is now offering back to school and sports physicals for $25.00. Patients must be at least 12-years-old. Mention this article to receive $5.00 off or print. Call to schedule your appointment today, 352-629-5939. […]

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Tallahassee, Florida — August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Healthiest Weight Florida, in collaboration with WIC, Healthy Start, the Florida Child Care Food Program and the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, is announcing its own August Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to promote breastfeeding as a vital health activity as […]

Free event: Prepare – Protect – Prevent

Free event: Prepare – Protect – Prevent

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 3-4:30 p.m. join Ocala Pool Boys for a free life saving event! Learn about hands-on CPR, fire safety from Ocala Fire Rescue, pool and swim safety from ISR (Infant Swimming Resource), and heat safety from the Ocala Police Department. For more information call 352-622-3827. Please follow and like us:

Chikungunya fever cases confirmed in Florida

Chikungunya fever cases confirmed in Florida

Tallahassee, Florida – The Florida Department of Health today confirmed the first cases of locally acquired chikungunya (\chik-en-gun-ye) fever, one in Miami Dade County and the other in Palm Beach County. Chikungunya is a disease spread by bites from infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. If a person is infected and bitten by a […]

Free swim lessons available for children

Free swim lessons available for children

Ocala, Florida — Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1–4. On average, more than 1,000 children die each year in the U.S. due to unintentional drowning and more than 5,000 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries from near-drowning incidents. In an effort to protect Marion County’s children […]

WIC offices will close in July

WIC offices will close in July

Ocala, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County today announced the WIC offices located in Dunnellon and Lynn will close in July. Currently these sites are open two days per month on alternating Wednesdays. All clients served at these two sites are already reassigned to receive services at the other locations. The […]

Full moon on Friday the 13th

Full moon on Friday the 13th

For the first time in nearly a century, there will be a full moon rising tonight, Friday the 13th. And for some, superstitions of these two phenomena are very real. The last time it happened was on October13, 2000, and it won’t occur again until August 13, 2049. If you’re a selenophobic— people who fear […]