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Community Wellness Walk set to highlight mental health

Community Wellness Walk set to highlight mental health

Sarasota, Florida -- Members of the Laurel Osprey Venice Nokomis Community Health Action Team, along with local participants, will take to the streets Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 a.m. to raise awareness for mental health and wellness.

Walkers donning lime green clothing and ribbons, the color of mental health awareness, will travel down Venice Avenue to Esplanade Avenue and back.

Register now for SAL half marathon and relay

Register now for SAL half marathon and relay

Sarasota, Florida -- Registration is open for the SAL Half Marathon on Palmer Ranch, which will be held Sunday, December 1, 2013. This is the fourth year of the event and all proceeds benefit the Sheriff’s Activities League of Sarasota County (formerly PAL).

The 13.1 mile race takes runners on a USATF-Certified course through the scenic communities of Palmer Ranch and along the Legacy Trail. Runners who don’t want to tackle the full distance have a relay option with each runner covering 6.55 miles.

Time for the "stingray shuffle" on Sarasota beaches

Time for the "stingray shuffle" on Sarasota beaches

Sarasota, Florida -- It's time to do the "stingray shuffle".  Stingray season has begun and is expected to last through the summer. Lifeguards say by shuffling your feet in the sand, you'll scare off any stingrays that might be around.

If stingrays have been spotted at the beach, a purple flag will fly at lifeguard towers.

Sarasota health officials remind young adults to get vaccines

Sarasota health officials remind young adults to get vaccines

Sarasota, Florida -- August is Immunization Awareness Month and local health officials are reminding young adults between the age of 19-26 to update their vaccines.

Health officials recommend individuals including college-aged students studying abroad or living in dormitories; overseas travelers leaving the country on business, for recreation, mission trips or adoptions; people who are sexually active; pregnant women; new parents and caregivers to young children and people with certain health conditions; occupational and lifestyle risks to update their vaccines.

Mobile health services offered at County Sites

Mobile health services offered at County Sites

Venice, Florida -- The Sarasota County Health Department's Health in Motion mobile unit will provide free and low-cost health services at 13 sites around the county during August. 

The services offered at the established sites include diabetes education and screening, blood pressure test, pregnancy testing, HIV testing, body mass index, adult immunizations and health education. 

The staff also assists individuals who lack medical insurance and do not have a health care provider to find a medical home for ongoing health care. 

Time to update school immunizations

Time to update school immunizations

Sarasota, Florida --- The first day of the new school year is just one month away that means it's time to start thinking about getting your child's shots up to date. Schools in Sarasota begin Aug. 19.

Parents of children entering a Sarasota County school for the first time must provide the school with a completed Florida Certification of Immunization (CH 680).

Listed below is the total number of doses of each required vaccine for which proof of immunization is needed.

FLORIDA IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

County cancels precautionary boil water advisory in Nokomis

County cancels precautionary boil water advisory in Nokomis

Nokomis, Florida -- Sarasota County has canceled a precautionary boil water advisory for homes and businesses from Central Sarasota Parkway south to Laurel Road. The advisory was issued Tuesday, July 23, following a significant drop in water pressure that occurred around 8:30 a.m. The county is using automated telephone calls to notify residents and businesses in the affected area.

The county collected a series of samples in the affected area and analyzed them to ensure the drinking water wasn't contaminated by potentially harmful bacteria during the service interruption.