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Sarasota County team to participate in model obesity prevention project

Sarasota County team to participate in model obesity prevention project

A team led by Sarasota County’s Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) was recently named as one of 10 high-performing groups to participate in the federal Healthy Weight Collaborative to address the epidemic of childhood obesity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Center for Health Statistics, obesity is now the leading cause of preventable death nationwide. Twenty years ago, no state had an obesity rate above 15 percent. Today, 38 states have rates above 25 percent. Based on 2010 data from the Community Health Improvement Partnership and the Florida Department of Health, in Sarasota County more than 21 percent of adults and 18 percent of school-age children are obese.

Achieving healthy weight is a critical public health objective.

Boil water advisory to be issued for repair of water valve leak

Boil water advisory to be issued for repair of water valve leak

Sarasota County, Florida -- A precautionary boil water advisory will be issued for completion of repairs to a water valve leak at the corner of Bee Ridge Road and School Avenue. Repairs began a week ago. The water will be turned off about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. About 185 residents and businesses will be affected. The first samples will be pulled Wednesday morning to ensure the drinking water is not contaminated. 

Tuesday afternoon, July 19, Sarasota County will begin using automated telephone calls to notify residents in the area of the precautionary boil water advisory.

While the county has no reason to believe the drinking water was contaminated, Florida law requires that drinking water providers issue precautionary boil water advisories to customers affected by pressure losses in water mains.

86-year-old Venice woman benefits from robot-assisted surgery

86-year-old Venice woman benefits from robot-assisted surgery

Venice, Florida (via Full Circle PR) - At 86 years old, Kathyrn Thompson has a flair for life. She calls Englewood, Florida home, but Thompson loves to travel around the world.

Earlier this year, Thompson spent three weeks in Spain. But soon after returning home to Florida, she says she was having trouble breathing and had a pesky cough. She may have caught a small cold on the plane, but it lead to the discovery of something far more serious.

“My doctor thought it may have been bronchitis,” she says.  However, more testing revealed that Thompson had a spot in her left lung.  And even more alarming - she was functioning on just half a lung.

Coastal Orthopedics welcomes new CFO

Coastal Orthopedics welcomes new CFO

Sarasota, Florida – Coastal Orthopedics & Sports Medicine | Pain Management of Sarasota County announced this week that they have named Donna Holm as Chief Financial Officer for the company.

With nearly 30 years experience in various accounting, operations and financial management roles, Holm has developed a niche in healthcare financial management and tax operations. Holm’s role will utilize her specialties that include: optimizing cash flow, streamlining financial processes, enhancing productivity levels, budget management, performing business analytics, introducing process improvements, implementing technology solutions, and maintaining proficient knowledge of federal & state tax guidelines.

“I’m excited to join a company with a far-reaching reputation and forward thinking approach when it comes to patient-focused healthcare,” said Holm. “By embracing innovative and cutting-edge technologies, Coastal is a leader in the industry and I look forward to implementing our shared goals for company-wide success.”

Cops and firefighters compete in annual 'Boots vs. Badges' Blood Drive

Cops and firefighters compete in annual 'Boots vs. Badges' Blood Drive

Sarasota County (via SCSO) -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office will join with others in this community to roll up our sleeves for the 6th Annual Boots vs Badges competition to benefit the Suncoast Comunities Blood Bank.  

From July 12 - August 2, blood mobiles will stop at a number of locations to help boost blood supplies, which are typically low this time of year.

While we’re happy to have a friendly competition between law enforcement and fire fighters, we hope you will also consider donating to your local blood bank if you have not already done so in recent months!

Exercise your options at the beach

Exercise your options at the beach

Sarasota, Florida - From Yoga to Zumba-Siesta Public Beach is the place to exercise. There are a number of free programs available.

Yoga: 8-9 a.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday. Hatha yoga classes with Avanda. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own towel, mat and water. Donations are taken. For information call 941-320-6693

Pilates: 8-9 a.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Gold's Gym instructors will be teaching Pilates near the yellow lifeguard station. Bring a towel and bottle of water. Donations are accepted.

Senior Exercise: Representatives from Siesta Key Physical Therapy will lead you in exercises to improve arthritis, posture, osteoporosis, balance, flexibility and strength. Advance registration is recommended. Call 941-870-5811

Zumba: 8-9 a.m. Monday and Saturday. Instructors from Gold's Gym will be teaching Zumba, a dance fitness program with a Latin beat near the yellow lifeguard station. Bring a towel and water. Donations are accepted.

Get school shots updated now before school year begins

Get school shots updated now before school year begins

Sarasota County, Florida -- With local schools scheduled to resume on Monday, Aug. 22, Sarasota County public health and school officials remind parents to get their child’s immunizations updated now. Parents of children who will be entering schools in Sarasota County for the first time must provide the school office with a completed Florida Certification of Immunization (DH 680).  

Available through your health care provider, this is the official record showing that your school-age children have had all the immunizations needed for their grade level. The DH 680 form may be printed on white paper and is still valid as long as it contains the state of Florida seal.

By the time a child starts school, he/she should have already had a number of required immunizations. However, proof of updates, boosters and series completion is required to enter Sarasota County Schools for the first time and to advance to some grade levels.

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