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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

04/07/16: Mission One Million; Guardian ad Litem; Paula Poundstone; Amelia Tree Conservancy


Mission One Million

Today marks World Health Day.

Here on the First Coast, Mayor Lenny Curry and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy marked the occasion with a major effort to improve the health of this entire community.

"Mission One Million” is a new, citywide initiative with the goal of getting all of Jacksonville to collectively lose one million pounds.

Duval is ranked 48th in Florida’s recent county health rankings.

We discuss the effort with Bryan Campbell, CEO of the Duval Medical Society, and Dr. Sunil N. Joshi, president of the society's board of directors.

We also speak with Dr. Bob Sallis, founder of the worldwide initiative Exercise is Medicine.

Guardian ad Litem

Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law new regulations that will change the way children are protected in the court system.

The Child’s Best Hope Act is seen as a huge win for organizations like Guardian ad Litem, who champion for the best interest of the children.

Christine Meyer, the supervising attorney for Guardian ad Litem in Northeast Florida, joins us shed light on what this new law means for kids in the system.

Paula Poundstone

Comedian and regular "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me" contributor Paula Poundstone about her performance at the Florida Theatre this week.

Amelia Tree Conservancy

The Amelia Tree Conservancy, a nonprofit affiliated with the North Florida Land Trust, is working to save the remainder of the maritime forest on Amelia Island.

We learn about their efforts and the upcoming "Celebration of Trees" fundraiser with Margaret Kirkland, president of the Amelia Tree Conservancy, and Berta Arias, secretary.