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.

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. 

Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream Recalled Due to Unlisted Almonds

Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream Recalled  Due to Unlisted Almonds

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black alerts consumers to the recall of Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream because it contains almonds without listing them on the label.

Learning Disabilities Conference Offers Information and Research from Experts in the Field

?The 48th International Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) will be held in Jacksonville, FL, February 23-26, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel.  The LDA conference is the largest in the country focusing on all aspects of learning disabilities.  

New Young Professional Group: The Miracle Board

With a population of over 736,000 people, Jacksonville has many young individuals looking to get involved in their local community.  Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Northeast Florida/ Southeast Georgia is proud to have such an opportunity with its new young professional group, The Miracle Board.  The Miracle Board will comprise of young professionals, ages 21 through 35 years old, that will work towards furthering the success of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Jacksonville’s mission, engaging these members through networking and volunteer opportunities, as well as raising awareness and funds to support the pediatric programs at Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Bird Disease Detected in State

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently monitoring a Virulent Exotic Newcastle Disease diagnosis which occurred in Cormorants in Pinellas County last week.  Exotic Newcastle Disease is an extremely contagious and fatal foreign avian disease that affects most bird species but is not life threatening to humans.  Human contact with Exotic Newcastle Disease may cause minor irritations such as pink eye or skin irritations.