Health

Know the Difference Between a Cold and The Flu

Cold and flu symptoms are very similar and it may be hard to tell which virus is making you sick. The cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different types of viruses. Flu symptoms usually come on quickly (within 3-6 hours) and consist of a fever, body aches, dry cough, and extreme tiredness. Cold symptoms are less severe and people experience a stuffy nose, productive cough, slight tiredness, and limited body aches.

The 2nd Annual Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk Nov. 6th

The 2nd Annual Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk for the benefit of Lung Cancer will be held November 6th in Ponte Vedra at Mickler’s Landing.  There are over 370 registered participants and $92,000 raised to date.

Halloween Buy Backs, Costume Parties and Fun

HALLOWEEN EVENTS:

Wolfson Children's Hospital Implements Visitation Precautions as Flu Season Begins

Now that flu season has begun, Wolfson Children’s Hospital has implemented visitation precautions effective October 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011. During this timeframe, children age 5 and under will not be able to visit patients in the hospital. Parents and legal guardians are welcome to be with their hospitalized child at any time.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - October 23, 2010

It's nearly time for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure!  It will be held on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 at a new site-- the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.  (510 Fairgrounds Pl., Jacksonville, FL 32202)

You can register online until October 17th, and you can register at any 1st Place Sports location until October 16th.  After that, you may register at the AT&T Health & Fitness Expo October 21st-22nd, or register on Race Day.  All registered participants will receive a free event shirt!

Mom's Mission to Ban Cell Phone Use in Cars

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A local tine mother is pushing for new state laws after her daughter was killed in a bus crash.
Police reports show the driver of the other vehicle was distracted by his cell phone.

Elissa Schee said she struggles to make sense of her daughter's sudden death.

"I never in a million years imagined that I would send her to school that morning and she would never come home."

In 2008, Schee's 13-year-old daughter, Margay Schee, was on her school bus in Marion County.  As kids were getting off the bus to go home, it was hit by a semi.

Both vehicles caught fire. Schee said witnesses frantically tried to pull the 21 students out.

"There was a white picket fence all the kids were lined up on that fence. But not Margay, and I knew that Margay was in trouble," she said. 

Coast Guard Auxiliary Holds Last Free Boating Safety Class of 2010 on Nov 13

The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Green Cove Springs in concert with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office will hold its last FREE Boating Safety Class for 2010 on Saturday, November 13th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at its base of operations off State Rd 16E in the Reynolds Industrial Center, 910 Roland Avenue.

This course satisfies Florida’s mandatory requirement that to operate a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater (including PWC’s), a person who was born on or after January 1, 1988, must have completed a boater education course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) or passed an approved equivalency exam. 

Those born before 1/1/1988 can also benefit from the valuable information imparted by the Auxiliary’s knowledgeable instructors.