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 […]

‘Fetal heartbeat’ bill to be considered

TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Mike Hill presented a “fetal heartbeat” bill (HB 235) on Jan. 10, which will be considered during the legislative session in the spring. This bill would require an ultrasound to be performed before all abortions and if a heartbeat were detected, it would make the abortion a third-degree felony if it […]

Boil water notice lifted for areas of Port LaBelle

LABELLE  – (January 25, 2019) The boil water notice in effect for Country Village and the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Port LaBelle has been lifted. Bacteriological tests run on the water returned with passing results. Residents may discontinue boiling their water. Residents with question or concerns are asked to call 863-675-5376.

Low-carb weight loss diet almost killed woman

OKEECHOBEE — Low-carb/high-fat diets have always been controversial, with one side claiming no harmful side effects and miraculous results and the other claiming the diets are deadly. The first and most well-known low-carb diet to come on the scene was brought to us in the early 1970s by Dr. Robert Atkins, and even then controversy […]

Red tide fed by runoff into river and car exhaust

Nitrates from fertilizer were a major contributor to last summer’s red tide on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and car exhaust may also play a role, according to research conducted by Florida Gulf Coast University. Red tide is a higher-than-normal concentration of a naturally occurring, microscopic algae called Karenia brevis. This algae produces brevetoxins that can kill […]

West Palm Beach VA to host Suicide Prevention event

WEST PALM BEACH — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, 7305 N. Military Trail, will host a Suicide Prevention event on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 8:30 a.m. to noon in its Atrium on the first floor of the main medical center. The goals of this event are to increase awareness about the suicide prevention resources […]

Okeechobee shows support for children’s mental health

It seems that wherever we turn in 2018, someone is mentioning mental health. We see it in national news stories, read about it in internet commentary and even hear it discussed in scripted television series and movies. We are inundated with messages concerning the importance of positive mental health but rarely given a reason why. […]

Wear green on show support of World Mental Health Day

Mental health is a term that seems to be everywhere lately — a hot-button topic tossed around political forums, on school campuses, across the internet and in our own homes. While we may see mental health as an American issue, the effects of mental illness are being felt on a global level. People experience mental […]