Beware of Lyme disease this summer

After weeks of lockdown and social distancing due to COVID-19, many are ready to get out and about around the country. According to a survey conducted by Civic Science, 43 percent of those surveyed said they planned to partake in more outdoor activities this summer than they usually would due to the COVID-19 lockdown. A […]

It is never safe to leave kids alone in the car

OKEECHOBEE — There are several reasons children are left unattended in vehicles, and most of them do not involve intentional cruelty. However, intentional or not, in 2018, 53 children died after being left in hot cars in the United States. Many parents feel it is safe to run into a store for just a minute […]

Florida Department Of Health in Okeechobee County proceeds with PACE EH Program in Douglas Park

OKEECHOBEE — For many months now, the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County has been working with the residents and leaders of Douglas Park on a PACE EH project. The Bureau of Environmental Health adopted the National Association of City and County Health Officials’ (NACCHO) Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health — […]

FDOH launches new COVID-19 mobile app to help flatten the curve in Florida

TALLAHASSEE — On Thursday, May 7, the Florida Department of Health announced the launch of a new mobile app, “StrongerThanC19.” The free app, available for iOS and Android devices, complements the community action survey website of the same name that launched on April 3. These cutting-edge tools are giving residents the power to unite in […]

VA Video Connect helps protect veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is making it easier to get virtual care online through myhealth.va.gov and VA Video Connect App! My HealtheVet allows veterans to manage their care with online prescription refills, VA appointments, labs and test results, radiology reports and images and secure messaging. Secure Messaging allows veterans to send private messages […]

Rep. Pigman reports increase in ER patients

LAKE PLACID — As both a doctor and an elected official, Florida’s House District 55 Rep. Cary Pigman has a unique perspective on the COVID-19 crisis that not many else have. March 25 marked his fourth consecutive 12-hour shift at an emergency room in Highlands County. Rep. Pigman says there has been a definite increase […]

Fair aims to keep county healthy and happy

CLEWISTON — Health screenings and healthy lifestyles were the topic of conversation during Saturday’s Hendry Glades Community Health Fair, held at the Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston. Those who attended this free event had access to cooking classes and information on how to live healthier, as well as learning about what health services are […]

Affordable health care screenings coming to LaBelle

LABELLE — Residents living in and around LaBelle can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church will host this community event on March 23. The site is located at 310 Campbell Street in LaBelle. Screenings can […]

System of Care provides mental health help

OKEECHOBEE — We wrote our first article in April of 2018 about the Children’s Mental Health – System of Care in Okeechobee County. We’ve come a long way since then! This is just an update to let you know the progress we have made in less than two years. What is a system of care? […]

’Tis the season for the flu! Protect yourself!

OKEECHOBEE — Flu season is here, and it’s often marked by the offers of free flu shots in neighborhood pharmacies and stores across the country. SERVPRO cleaning pros in the Okeechobee area — experts in cleaning and sanitizing building materials, surfaces, and contents after fire, water, or natural disasters — remind home and business owners […]