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Manatee School District named one of Bay area's healthiest employers

Manatee School District named one of Bay area's healthiest employers

Bradenton, Florida -- The Manatee County School District’s commitment to educate and inspire employees to embrace more active and fit lifestyles has resulted in the Tampa Bay Business Journal naming the district a finalist in its 2011 Healthiest Employers Awards.

Kristi Dickerson, Wellness Program Coordinator, and Lesli Strickland, Employee Benefits Manager for the Manatee County School District will attend a luncheon this Thursday, September 15, 2011, at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa where the finalists for the Healthiest Employers Awards will be recognized and rankings will be announced. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.

The Manatee District was asked to submit a detailed questionnaire about its wellness programs and an evaluation committee organized by the Business Journal used that information to select finalists for the awards. The district is in a category for organizations with 1,500 or more employees.

Don't miss: Manatee's Wellness Expo

Don't miss: Manatee's Wellness Expo

Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee’s third annual Wellness Expo – fast becoming one of the area’s biggest healthy rallies – is set for Tuesday evening and tickets are still available to the public.

The Expo, co-sponsored by Manatee County, the School District of Manatee County, and Woodland - The Community Church, will be held at the church, 9607 State Road 70 East, on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission to the Expo is $5 and may be purchased at the door or online at www.gowoodland.com/WellnessExpo

Health and wellness vendors and Manatee County healthcare providers will provide health screenings and tips at more than 100 informational booths this year. There will be wellness-based activities and demonstrations, including complimentary exercise classes and special demonstrations for kids, teens, adults and seniors. 

Manatee County to co-sponsor Sept. 13 Wellness Expo

Manatee County to co-sponsor  Sept. 13 Wellness Expo

Manatee County Government will team with the School District of Manatee County and Woodland—The Community Church to sponsor the third annual Wellness Expo.

The Expo will be held at the church, 9607 State Road 70 East, on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. Health and wellness vendors and Manatee County healthcare providers will provide health screenings and tips at more than 100 informational booths this year. There will be wellness-based activities and demonstrations, including complimentary exercise classes and special demonstrations for kids, teens, adults and seniors.  

“The previous Expos have attracted many residents who greatly enjoyed the fun, the food and the information,” said Manatee School District’s Wellness Coordinator Kristi Dickerson. “This year’s attendees will enjoy a festive atmosphere and healthy food; take home plenty of ‘freebies’ and have the opportunity to gather useful information about variety topics in health and wellness."

Bradenton police to hold prescription drug drop off

Bradenton police to hold prescription drug drop off

BRADENTON, Florida-- Anyone with unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medication will have a chance to get rid of it on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

The Bradenton Police Department is joining in the 2nd annual Florida Statewide Drug Take-Back Event.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents are encouraged to drop off their drugs at the police station, located at 100 10th Street West.

Health department to hold free vision screenings

Health department to hold free vision screenings

BRADENTON, Florida-- The Manatee County Health Department will hold free vision screenings on Thursday, August 18.

The event runs from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the health department, located at 410 6th Ave. E.

It's completely free for children and adults, with no appointments needed.

Bradenton Marauders to battle breast cancer

Bradenton Marauders to battle breast cancer

BRADENTON, FLORIDA-- The Bradenton Marauders, Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will host a "Get Your Pink On" promotion at their home game on August 6th, as a way to take on breast cancer.

Pink player jerseys will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

The Saturday game against Jupiter starts at 7 p.m. at McKechnie Field.

Manatee Health Department gets national recognition

Manatee Health Department gets national recognition

BRADENTON, Florida-- The Manatee County Health Department has received recognition from a national organization.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials recognized the department for its ability to respond to public health emergencies.

Manatee met expectations in three important areas, mainly dealing with hazard preparedness.