Ban on smokable marijuana has been overturned

On Wednesday, March 13, the Florida Legislature overwhelmingly voted to overturn a ban on the use of smokable marijuana. In November 2016, Florida voters had approved a constitutional amendment to allow the use of medical marijuana. This vote could have been won only by a super-majority, and it was, but the Legislature at that time […]

Last chance to change your Medicare Advantage Plan

Free presentations coming to Clewiston and Moore Haven Federal deadline to change Medicare Advantage plans is March 31 MOORE HAVEN — Is your Medicare Advantage plan meeting your needs? If not, it isn’t too late to change your plan, or even go back to Original Medicare, in 2019. Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment is underway through […]

How to know when to visit the emergency room

Hendry Regional Medical Center provides tips for deciding what level of care a medical condition requires CLEWISTON — When the unexpected happens, round-the-clock emergency care at Hendry Regional Medical Center can be a lifesaver. The full-service Emergency Department provides medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although medical care is always available, […]

Support groups offered for mental wellness

“Do you have concerns about your child’s mental wellness?” This is the question asked by The Okeechobee Children’s Mental Health System of Care, and if your answer is yes, the group offers many ways to help. On the second and fourth Mondays each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m., they offer Mental Wellness Support groups for elementary […]

New ambulance services at HRMC

CLEWISTON — Hendry Regional Medical Center (HRMC) has finalized a contract with a new interfacility transport contractor. Rapid Response Medical Transport began transporting HRMC patients on Feb. 8, and continues to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week out of HRMC. Rapid Response is providing transport for patients who require a higher level […]

Health literacy affects everyone

OKEECHOBEE — Health literacy was the topic this month during the Okeechobee Children’s Mental Health System of Care’s Family Night at Indian River State. If you’ve ever seen these family nights advertised and wondered what they are all about or maybe wished you could attend, you’re not alone. Many people are confused by the name […]

An Opioid overdose can affect almost anyone

OKEECHOBEE — The first words out of most people’s mouths when they hear about Narcan training for opioid overdose are usually something like, “I’m not a druggie. I don’t need that.” But in reality, an opioid overdose can affect almost anyone who goes out in public says Luis Garcia a retired firefighter/paramedic from Boynton Beach […]

Free Health Fair

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will hold a Health Fair on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature Healthy Start, Helping People Succeed, CPR demos, free health screenings such as STD screenings, blood pressure screenings, Rapid HIV testing, FLU shots and much, much […]

Skip the dip during ‘Through With Chew Week’

HENDRY COUNTY — During this year’s “Through With Chew Week,” Feb. 18-24, Tobacco Free Florida and The Hendry County Tobacco Prevention Program are encouraging smokeless tobacco users to set a quit date and create a personalized quit plan using Tobacco Free Florida’s free Quit Your Way tools and services. “Through with Chew Week” raises awareness […]

Health screenings coming to Hendry County

LABELLE – Residents living in and around the LaBelle, Florida can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.  Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church will host this community event on 2/27/2019. The site is located at 355 S. Bridge Street […]