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A Holiday Gift that Helps Local Kids in Need

A Holiday Gift that Helps Local Kids in Need

Are you still looking for a gift for a special someone on your list? This holiday season, you can honor that special person and help kids in crisis at the same time. 

Daniel is selling commemorative bricks to pave the way for their new Education Center, which will help fill the educational gap for abused, foster and formerly homeless kids. Your engraved brick will become a permanent part of the Daniel Education Center campus, leaving a lasting legacy of love and hope for children in the community for years to come.

Bricks cost $200, which includes an engraved mini brick replica the honoree gets to keep to remember their special gift. Please visit Daniel's website to learn more.

A Day of Free Smiles

Local dentist offers a day of free dentistry this holiday season.

 

Saturday, December 10 beginning at 8:00 a.m., Riverside Dental will be hosting Jacksonville’s first ever ‘The Gift of a Smile’, a day of free dentistry. This is the first time a private dental office in the Jacksonville area will be providing a day of free dentistry to the public. The first 75 people to arrive at Riverside Dental will receive their choice of a free cleaning, filling or extraction.

‘The Gift of a Smile’ will be held in hopes to give back to the Jacksonville community and provide dental care for those who are truly in need. There are no qualifications to be met in order to receive care. The event is first come first serve so be sure to arrive early. Riverside Dental is located at 1061 Riverside Avenue, Suite 101 Jacksonville, Fl 32204. The office can be reached for questions at (904) 355-5531.  

Reduce P.E. While childhood Obesity Rising ?

The American Heart Association strongly opposes House Bill 4057, by State Representative Larry Metz, removing the requirement for Middle School Physical Education. 

Currently 30% of Florida’s youth are overweight or obese.  As these students get older, their obesity problem just gets worse.  

St. Vincent’s to Prepare Thanksgiving Feast for 500

St. Vincent’s to Prepare Thanksgiving Feast for 500

For many of us Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy a holiday feast and celebrate with family and friends.  But imagine being elderly or disabled and being alone on the holidays without enough money for a warm Thanksgiving meal.  Unfortunately this is the reality for a record number of people in Northeast Florida.  That’s why St. Vincent’s HealthCare has teamed up with Meals on Wheels for 18 years to provide free, hot holiday meals for the Meals on Wheels program.

Exercise Addiction: Adults and Teens

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- "I would say I'm addicted."

And 15-year-old DeAndre Johnson's very proud of his dedication to keeping physically fit.

He's the freshman quarterback for First Coast High School, helping the Buccanneers keep their undefeated regular season alive.

When we caught up with him before Friday's big game (Nov. 18), DeAndre explained how keeping his body in shape by working out, takes up most of his time.

"You have no social life," DeAndre explains. You can watch more of his video interview on this web page.

TEEN EXERCISE ADDICTION

Is DeAndre too into his workouts?  Is he truly addicted to exercise?

No, according to guidelines explained by Riverside Pediatrician Dr. Hilleary Rockwell.

"A dramatic change in weight or the appearance of the child," Dr. Rockwell explains, "would be a sign that things have changed as far as diet and exercise."

St. Vincent’s HealthCare to Kick off Holidays at Town Center

St. Vincent’s HealthCare to Kick off Holidays at Town Center

It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like the Holidays.  St. Vincent’s HealthCare will help usher in the season as the presenting sponsor of the St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular, Nov. 19.

“This marks a special time of year. Not only is this a time to celebrate with friends and family but it’s a time to reflect on our many blessings and to give back to our community,” said Moody Chisholm, President of St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “We are honored to once again be a part of this family-friendly festive and joyous tradition.”

St. Vincent’s HealthCare will provide free cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings from 12-9pm as well as free holiday photos. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to tour our mobile mammography unit, the only one in the city. 

Other activities include: