Father’s Day Photo Contest!

Jun 2, 2015  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

iStock_000007275271MediumIn honor of June, which is Men’s Health Month and also the time we celebrate Father’s Day, the Coalition is holding a Father’s Day Photo Contest!

  • Who: Open to Northeast Florida residents (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties)
  • What: Post a photo of you and your dad or father figure; of your and your kids if you are a father or father figure; or a photo of your children with their father or father figure if you are a mother. To enter, tag the Coalition in your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #jaxdads2015. Please make sure photos are public before entering.
  • When: The winner will be chosen on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st. The winning photo will be based on which one has the highest engagement – the most likes, shares, retweets, favorites, etc.
  • Prize: The winning photo will be our cover photo for the remainder of the month. The winner will also receive a prize pack.

Fathers play a critical role in children’s lives, so we look forward to seeing all your photos!

Magnolia Project Spring Celebration draws crowd

May 28, 2015  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Magnolia Project Spring Celebration was help on April 11, 2015. Over 250 community residents attended the event. They had an opportunity to learn about project services, receive health screenings participate in activities such as face painting, clowns,  Zumba, games, health screenings and variety of resource information provided by local organizations and vendors. The event was co-sponsored by Molina Health.

National Women’s Health Week 2015 — Recap

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The Magnolia Project celebrated National Women’s Health Week May 11 – 15, 2015. The project hosted a series of events each day, which were co-sponsored by Molina Healthcare: Project Participants’ Appreciation Day; Mental Wellness and Beauty; Healthy Eating; Open House and Health Screenings; and Health Tips.

The Open House held on May 14, 2015 was attended by several elected officials or representatives and Board members. Guests were treated to a project participant panel discussion that included a father of a nine-month-old son and had an opportunity to tour the project site and discuss various topics with project staff.

In addition, Honorable Judge Pauline Drake attended the Open House and presented the project with a series of books donated by local judges to give to families to encourage reading to children.

Magnolia brings Yoga in the Street to urban core residents

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MP_Yoga ClassMagnolia Project participants are adding mountain pose, downward facing dog and more yoga poses to their repertoire of stress management and healthy living techniques. The first Yoga in the Streets class was held by the Project last week to help bring participants and the Health Zone 1 community at-large the benefits of Yoga.

Research shows that Yoga can improve mindfulness and reduce the symptoms related to chronic illnesses. But because the urban core community does not typically think of Yoga as it relates to improving health, Magnolia Project staff organized “Yoga in the Streets” to allow the community to observe what Yoga is and be enticed to try it.

IMG_0025Residents are encouraged to “come as you are” to class. Mats are provided. Classes are available:

  • Mondays at the Unity Development Center at Westbrook, 905 Garfield Street, Jacksonville. 10-11am
  • Thursdays at the Magnolia Project office, 5300 North Pearl Street, Jacksonville. 1:30-2:30pm

The response so far has been positive, both anecdotally and physically. Blood pressure screenings before and after the classes have indicated that the yoga has helped drop participant’s readings by several points and surveys measuring how participants feel before and after class have also shown a change in attitude.

The Magnolia Project partnered with Yoga 4 Change, a local organization dedicated “to promote healthy living and foster self confidence among veterans, inmates, at-risk youth and those suffering from substance abuse through the teachings and practices of Yoga.” The organization, which was the top winner at this year’s One Spark crowdfunding festival, facilitates the classes.

The Magnolia Project, an initiative of the Coalition, is a federal Healthy Start program that works to improve the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years by empowering communities to address medical, behavioral, and cultural and social service needs.

Preconception Health trainings equip local providers to address health prior to pregnancy

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The Magnolia Project hosted the National Preconception Health Care Initiative: Improving Preconception Health, Every Woman, Every Time on May 20th. Clinical staff, insurance providers and organizations were trained on the Preconception Health Toolkit and Show Your Love. The National Preconception Health Care Initiative was designed to help primary care providers, their colleagues and their practices incorporate preconception health into routine care of women childbearing age.

Dr. Dan J. Frayne, MD Co-Chair, Clinical Working Group Preconception Health Care Initiative facilitated the training along with Sarah Verbiest, DrPH Executive Director UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health. Overall a total of 38 providers, clinical staff, insurance and agency staff were trained during the May 20th event and a December 2014 workshop.