Health

May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 3, 2013
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Hearing loss is the most frequently diagnosed birth defect.  According to Cynthia Robinson, Co-Director of the Jacksonville Campus of the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, 33% of children in Florida do not receive follow-up hearing screenings after initial ones when they're newborns.

"Hearing loss is very devastating educationally," Robinson says.  "The most important thing is to get the community awareness out there that children who are born deaf or hard of hearing can, with modern technology and appropriate intervention, learn to listen and talk like hearing children do."

Indo American Medical Association of NE Florida

For the thousands of uninsured residents here on the First Coast, preventative health care can be hard to come by. 

Kevin Meerschaert

Clay County's new emergency care center at the corner of U.S. 17 and Village Square Parkway in Fleming Island opens Wednesday, and will provide emergency care for the county's residents.

The center will operate 24 hours a day, provide all types of emergency care. It includes 16 treatment rooms, a separate waiting room for children, and child specific medical equipment and imaging capabilities.

There is also a LifeFlight helipad, and an on-site ambulance.  

Dining Out For Life

Some of the most popular restaurants in town are taking part in a special night of dining this week.

This Thursday, simply by going out for a quick bite, you can do your part to support the fight against HIV and AIDS. 

It’s the 2013 Dining Out for Life event, and there is plenty on the menu.

YMCA of Florida's First Coast.

Healthy Kids Day is an annual event meant to kick start physical activity and learning during the summer months when children are out of school.

More than 1,900 Y's across the country are participating including all YMCA of Florida's First Coast locations.

The event on Saturday, April 27 is free and open to the entire community. It will run from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

Kevin Meerschaert

More awareness, less stigmatism and learning the warning signs are some of the ways people can help work to reduce the number of suicides by veterans.

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 veteran suicides occur every day nationwide.

The City of Jacksonville's Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services department teamed with the University of North Florida to talk about the problem at the 2013 Veterans Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit.

Many told their stories about losing friends and relatives to suicide.

This year’s City of Jacksonville Veterans Summit will focus on the growing problem of veterans’ suicides.

According to a recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs study, an American veteran commits suicide once every 65 minutes in this country - about 22 per day.

Here on the First Coast, about 25% of the population is either active or retired military, so this is a serious public health and policy issue.

Kevin Meerschaert

According to a study released in February by The U-S Department of Veterans Affairs an estimated  22 veterans commit suicide every day.

In Florida, one out of four suicides is committed by a veteran. 

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown says the suicide rate among veterans is astounding. "I cannot - we cannot - stand by and watch this number tick any higher. These men and women are the defenders of our freedom. It's our responsibility to take action."

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

Tobacco Free Florida Week turns five years old this month.

The program, Tobacco Free Florida, is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign that educates people about the dangers of smoking, and provides self-help resources for smokers who are trying to quit.

The Florida Department of Health reports the initiative, which is funded by the state's tobacco settlement fund, has helped more than 72,000 people quit smoking through its "Three Ways to Quit" program:

You opted for that little bag of Baked Lays at lunch instead of the full-fat version, and felt virtuous. It's the healthier choice, right?

Not necessarily.  Some foods may LOOK healthy, but understanding how food products are made and reading labels closely (one hint: the less ingredients, the better) is key to understanding what's truly good for you.

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