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Food summit looks to help community expand access to health foods

Food summit looks to help community expand access to health foods

Sarasota, Florida --People are more likely to choose to eat fresh, healthy foods as part of a healthy lifestyle when the surrounding neighborhood or community is designed to help people make the best choice, the easiest choice. The North Sarasota Food Summit will engage the greater Newtown community in finding creative ways to expand access to healthy foods.

The Food Summit will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Sarasota.

Sarasota throws block party to promote community health, well being

Sarasota throws block party to promote community health, well being

Sarasota, Florida- Come join the block party!

It may be good for your health and you spirit as five north Sarasota and Newtown-area churches join together for the Gospel Explosion Block party promoting health and wellness.

Sarasota County is hosting the event May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sarasota County Housing Authority's The Courts Apartment complex on the corner of Orange Avenue and 21 Street.

Sarasota suspends mobile health unit through May

Sarasota suspends mobile health unit through May

Sarasota, Florida- Sarasota's mobile health unit has been suspended through the end of May. The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County is transitioning to electronic medical records at all its clinics. This process requires all nurses and staff members.

For more information about Health in Motion services contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.sarasotahealth.org

District to pilot after-school nutrition program

District to pilot after-school nutrition program

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County School District will pilot an after-school nutrition program at three Sarasota elementary schools beginning Wednesday, May 1. The program, sponsored by the Florida Department of Health in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be offered at Alta Vista, Emma E. Booker and Gocio elementary schools, with serving times from 3:30-4:15 p.m. These schools have high percentages of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches.

Beginner Boot Camp at Venice Community Center

Beginner Boot Camp at Venice Community Center

Venice, Florida -- It's time to get in shape, but joining a gym is expensive and you need some help getting back in shape. "Beginner Boot Camp" offers exercise classes with no pressure. Classes are held 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday beginning May 7 for eight weeks at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. The first class is free.

Commission approves projects to help water quality

Commission approves projects to help water quality

 Sarasota, Florida - The Sarasota County Commission has awarded construction contracts totaling $5.9 million for improvements to Beach Road drainage and Hudson Bayou water quality.

According to the county, the Beach Road project is designed to protect public health and safety by improving water quality at Siesta Beach. Plans call for improving the stormwater treatment system. The project includes the construction of a new one-acre detention pond. That project should be completed in November.

National Drug Turn-in Event Saturday

National Drug Turn-in Event Saturday

Sarasota, Florida --Law enforcement agencies throughout Sarasota County will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) national event to “take back” and properly dispose of prescription medication on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has permanent drop boxes at the