Reduce P.E. While childhood Obesity Rising ?

The American Heart Association strongly opposes House Bill 4057, by State Representative Larry Metz, removing the requirement for Middle School Physical Education. 

Currently 30% of Florida’s youth are overweight or obese.  As these students get older, their obesity problem just gets worse.  

Exercise Addiction: Adults and Teens

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- "I would say I'm addicted."

And 15-year-old DeAndre Johnson's very proud of his dedication to keeping physically fit.

He's the freshman quarterback for First Coast High School, helping the Buccanneers keep their undefeated regular season alive.

When we caught up with him before Friday's big game (Nov. 18), DeAndre explained how keeping his body in shape by working out, takes up most of his time.

"You have no social life," DeAndre explains. You can watch more of his video interview on this web page.


Is DeAndre too into his workouts?  Is he truly addicted to exercise?

No, according to guidelines explained by Riverside Pediatrician Dr. Hilleary Rockwell.

"A dramatic change in weight or the appearance of the child," Dr. Rockwell explains, "would be a sign that things have changed as far as diet and exercise."

15th Annual Festival of Lights 5k and 1 Mile Family Fun Run

15th Annual Festival of Lights 5k and 1 Mile Family Fun Run

It is time once again to lace up the jingle bells on your running shoes and get ready for the 15th Annual Festival of Lights 5k and 1 Mile Family Fun Run.  The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals event will take place in San Marco Square on Saturday, Decemeber 10, 2011 beginning with the Fun Run at 5:30 PM followed by the 5k at 6:00 PM. 

Register Your Emergency Contact Information Week

If you are involved in a crash, who would you want police to notify?  In Florida, residents have  the ability to make that decision before an emergency strikes. To date, more than 5 million Floridians have registered their  emergency contacts with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  Gov. Rick Scott signed a proclamation to name Oct. 2 - 8, 2011, Register Your Emergency Contact Information Week in  Florida, and DHSMV is teaming up with the Division of Emergency Management to encourage all Floridians to register  their contacts.

Bank of America to Charge $5 a Month for Debit Cards

NEW YORK (AP) - Bank of America plans to start charging customers a $5 monthly debit card fee.

The fee will be rolled out starting early next year.

A Bank of America Corp. spokeswoman says customers will only be charged the fee if they use their debit cards for purchases in any given month. Customers won't be charged if they only use their cards at an ATM.