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.


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."

Tobacco Free Jacksonville Coalition and Tobacco Free Florida

Today marks the 36th Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The Tobacco Free Jacksonville Coalition with the Duval County Health Department, the Florida Department of Health and Tobacco Free Florida are celebrating this event by encouraging Floridians to commit to being tobacco-free for 24 hours on Thursday.

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:

Everyone Invited to McKenzie's Run November 19

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Everyone is invited to McKenzie's Run, a special event in memory of Bolles student McKenzie Wilson.  The event is a walk/run on November 19th.  Last year more than 2500 people attended.

The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation is hosting the 2 nd annual McKenzie's Run on at 10:00 a.m. at EverBank Field. 

The inaugural McKenzie's Run was held in memory of McKenzie last year on November 20 th.   

It was one of the top 10 attended races on the First Coast in 2010.

More than $150,000 was raised at the inaugural McKenzie's Run, and all the proceeds went to programs that help young people recognize their full potential.

DCHD Recognizes November as National Diabetes Month


The Duval County Health Department (DCHD) recognizes November as National Diabetes Month, an opportunity to educate our community regarding the seriousness of diabetes and the complications that can occur. DCHD advises that everyone should use this time to become aware of the risk factors and complications of diabetes, along with effective preventive measures. It is the responsibility of the entire community to learn more about diabetes and the actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of occurrences and complications.