New ads target minority youth with health insurance message

Mar 13, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

ACA_Youth_Ads_Parents_EnglishThe importance of having health insurance gets a humorous and relatable twist in a new set of ads from the Office of Minority Health targeted at youth.

The ads encourage young minorities to enroll in health insurance prior to the March 31 deadline for signing up for coverage on Situations in the ads mimic meeting a girlfriend’s parent, playing video games and going to the gym — all with the #getcovered message.

Check out all of the cards here.

Real Talk, Real Change V

Feb 13, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

RTRC V Event FlyerThe fifth annual Real Talk, Real Change returns February 20, asking the question “Jacksonville, so what are WE saying?” The free community dialogue event will feature exhibitors from the community and will include discussions on changing priorities with funding, supporting or ignoring certain sections of the city and more.

To RSVP, contact The event begins at 6:30 pm and will be held at the Jacksonville Public Library Main Branch, Laura St. entrance.

Baptist Health offers free, local support groups for moms

Feb 11, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The main message of Baptist Health’s ongoing support groups for new mothers experiencing mood issues: You are NOT along, its NOT your fault and with help, you CAN get better.

Their free posptartum support groups are held at Destination Maternity at the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville. For more information, call 904.202.2229 or visit The classes have no cost but registration is required for attendance.

The groups are for mothers who are feeling anxious, depressed or just want support during pregnancy or their first year postpartum. They are facilitated by staff with advanced training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from Postpartum Support International.

The group is open to women only. Babies in arms are welcome, but not child care is provided.

Holiday toy safety tips

Dec 19, 2013  •   Written by Jade Douso   •  1 comment

Did you know that in 2010, emergency rooms across the country treated an estimated 181,500 children for toy-related injuries? Almost half of the children treated were under the age of four. This holiday season, lets keep our children safe by practicing the following holiday toy safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.

Toy Safety Tips:

  • Before purchasing, check the label and read the instructions to make sure the toy is age-appropriate for your child.
  • Avoid toys that have small parts or other potential choking hazards.
  • Games containing small pieces may be appropriate for older children, but can be a possible danger for younger children. When the game is being played or out in the open, be sure to keep an eye on the smaller pieces and younger children.
  • Store toys in a bin or container when they are not being used.
  • Make sure to include a helmet with toys that are ridden, such as bikes, skateboards and scooters.

For more toy safety tips visit the Safe Kids Worldwide website.

National Handwashing Awareness Week

Nov 25, 2013  •   Written by Jade Douso   •  no comments

National Handwashing Awareness Week is December 1-7.

The week, sponsored by the Henry the Hand Foundation, observes and promotes the importance of handwashing in preventing the spread of diseases and infections such as the flu, common cold, conjunctivitis, bronchitis and pneumonia.

Help “Spread the word, not the germ” by practicing the 4 Principles of Handwashing:

  1. WASH your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating
  2. Do NOT cough into your hands
  3. Do NOT sneeze into your hands
  4. Above all, do NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth

Visit the Henry the Hand website for more tips to keep your family healthy this holiday season.