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6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

Looking for a challenge?? Well, sign up for the 6th annual Hammerhead Ocean marathon!The swim marathon has two sepreate legs that are1.25 miles, and 2.5 miles respectively in OPEN WATER. It will be held on August 13, 2011 and begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Bring your swimming gear, and most importantly your endurance!!! For more information log on to www.hammerheadtriathlonclub.com. See you there! 

Warning: 'Lazy Cakes' Hitting Store Shelves on First Coast

Warning: 'Lazy Cakes' Hitting Store Shelves on First Coast

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A new "designer drug" has hit the First Coast.

"Lazy Cakes" are marketed as herbal brownies, designed to help adults de-stress, but drug and alcohol prevention experts are worried they will get into the wrong hands.

"The cartoon on it kind of looks like it's marketed toward youth and I hope that youth don't get involved with it," said Brandon Colee , a spokesman for PACT, the Prevention Coalition of St. Johns County.

The brownies contain a high dosage of melatonin, a hormone that helps people sleep. According to the Lazy Cakes website, each packaged brownie contains two servings, or about 8 mg of the hormone. Experts said most people need a much smaller dose of melatonin when it is used as a sleep aid. 

Colee said there have been reports of small children being hospitalized in other parts of  country after eating some of the brownies.

Halifax Health and Brooks Rehabilitation Move Forward with New Rehabilitation Unit

Halifax Health and Brooks Rehabilitation Move Forward with New Rehabilitation Unit

Halifax Health announced today that it will now proceed with establishing a new inpatient rehabilitation unit consisting of up to 40 beds at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. After the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Certificate of Need Office originally denied Halifax Health’s application, Halifax Health filed a challenge of the denial and all parties have reached a settlement that will enable Halifax Health to move forward with the new unit, anticipated to open in the fall of 2013.

 “We were committed to bringing an inpatient rehabilitation unit to residents in this community.  We are pleased that we were able to address all areas of concern in the state agency action report and are looking forward to beginning the planning and development to provide this much needed level of care,” said Jeff Feasel, Halifax Health President & CEO.

Make it Your Mission to Learn About Your Heart Health at the Go Red For Women Luncheon

Make it Your Mission to Learn About Your Heart Health at the Go Red For Women Luncheon

The American Heart Association, First Coast Market and chairwoman Kristi Bageant-Epperson of Citi are hosting the First Coast Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, May 20, 2011. For for information including ticket prices and event location contact the American Heart Assocation, First Coast Market at 904-256-5724 or go to www.heart.org/firstcoastgored

St. Johns Lifeguards Warn of Dangerous Surf This Weekend

St. Johns Lifeguards Warn of Dangerous Surf This Weekend

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Marine Rescue personnel have a busy weekend ahead of them, anticipating big crowds at the St. Johns County beaches over Easter weekend.

According to Jeremy Robshaw, spokesman for the county Fire and Rescue Department, there will also be dangerous surf conditions offshore.

Because of the anticipated increase in both visitors and rip currents, Robshaw warns that anyone headed to the beach should take extra precautions.

Lifeguards will not be at full staff until Memorial Day weekend, so fewer people will be patrolling the beach, instead of being stationed at lifeguard stands. 

"Mingled with that we do have a little bit of a swell right now, so there is more surf than normal. Due to that, we're encouraging people to use some caution," said Robshaw.

Youth Win Immunization PSA Contest

Each year in the United States, we lose 1,070 people to meningitis and 4,590 people to cervical cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). In an effort to spread the word about these vaccine-preventable diseases and raise awareness among teens, Brunet-García Advertising sponsored the Florida Bureau of Immunization’s You Call the Shots public service announcement (PSA) contest; inviting youth ages 11 to 18 to produce and enter a 30-second  PSA highlighting the importance of HPV and meningitis vaccinations.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- During the month of April, PACT Prevention Coalition would like community members to observe Alcohol Awareness Month to help prevent alcohol abuse in our community.

Alcohol Awareness Month, as declared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), aims to raise awareness about the seriousness of alcohol dependency and alcoholism, while recognizing the serious problem of alcohol abuse.

It is an ideal time to educate yourself and loved ones about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

Alcohol use is an issue of concern in St. Johns County for both young adults and those under 21 years of age.

According to the 2010 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, alcohol is the most commonly used drug among St. Johns County students with 29.4 percent of surveyed middle and high school students reporting the use of alcohol in the past 30 days.