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Healthy Start Celebrates National Women's Health Week

Healthy Start Celebrates National Women's Health Week

Here I am on my way to wedded bliss in fewer than two weeks and already the questions begin, "Are you planning on having children?"


How many?

And my personal favorite, "Why not? Lots of women your age are having kids these days."  


While I was sifting through the flood of questions that found their way to my email's inbox, I discovered a request from Lisa Ramirez, Resource Development and Project Advisor for the Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County (AKA Healthy Start and Healthy Start Manatee). They're hosting Get Moving, Get Healthy! The event kicks off National Women's Health Week (May 8-May14), an initiative that engages families, health organizations, businesses and communities in raising awareness of women’s health issues by promoting simple steps women can take to enjoy longer, healthier and happier lives. 

Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Underinsured: The BetterRx Plan

Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Underinsured:  The BetterRx Plan

Nearly 23% of Americans (I suspect that many of them are writers as well) are presently uninsured. More are underinsured and lack a prescription plan or have an insurance plan with an excessive annual deductible.

With that in mind, I recently stumbled on a local company that is gaining pretty impressive nationwide attention because it’s one of the few that 1) offers a free prescription drug card that saves users an average of 45% off medication (including “designer” drugs) and 2) provides Equivameds, a service that will compare medications you’re currently taking and search for cheaper equivalents.

Look up BetterRxCard to learn more.

If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, BetterRxCard might be a good option for you:

Non-life threatening injuries in accidental shooting

Non-life threatening injuries in accidental shooting

Manatee County, FL -- 35-year-old Michael Fowell of Ellenton was transported to a local hospital after a gunshot wound.

The accidental shooting happened late Friday evening when Fowell was showing off his .45 caliber to his father. When Fowell sat down in the rocking chair the gun went off hitting him in the left inner thigh.

Fowell was transported with non-life  threatening injuries.

'Drug Drop' program gets drugs off streets

'Drug Drop' program gets drugs off streets

Bradenton, Florida -- Billed as "a prescription for a safe community and a clean environment,' a new initiative has the Manatee County Sheriff's Office prioritizing getting prescription drugs off the streets in 2011.

Prescription drug abuse and misuse is a growing problem in our nation and unfortunately Manatee County is no exception to this alarming trend. In an effort to combat the problem, a new no-questions-asked, citizen medication collection and disposal program is being implemented.

In the Operations Center of the Sheriff's Office, located at 600 301 Boulevard West, #202, citizens are encouraged to drop off unused, unwanted, or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and leave them in safe hands for proper disposal.

USF Health, HCA announce trauma partnership

USF Health, HCA announce trauma partnership

Tampa, FL -- USF Health and HCA are partnering up to form a statewide trauma network dedicated to improving access to trauma care and services in Florida.

The joint initiative will enable five HCA hospitals in underserved areas to provide trauma care, including two in the Tampa Bay area--Blake Medical Center in Bradenton and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

Florida residents also will benefit from centralized statewide data collection for trauma research.

'Biggest Loser' winner to deliver motivational speech

'Biggest Loser' winner to deliver motivational speech

Bradenton, FL - Bill Germanakos, who lost 164 pounds to win the fourth season of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" competition, will speak today in a free motivational speech open to the public, according to The Manatee County Government, who will also be hosting the event.

Germanakos was one of 18 contestants on the fourth season of the hit reality show featuring overweight contestants who attempt to lose weight for a cash prize. His mantra on the show was "to become half the man, so that he could be twice the man." He won the competition by losing 49.1 percent of his starting body weight, going from 334 lbs. to 170 lbs.

He will speak to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. at Manatee Memorial Hospital Auditorium. He will talk about his experience and success on the show as well as sign autographs and take pictures. The event is sponsored by Quest Diagnostic Laboratories and there was no cost to Manatee County Government for Germanakos' visit. Germanakos is the Quest Diagnostics Wellness Ambassador.

Buccaneer talks to youth today

Buccaneer talks to youth today

Bradenton, FL -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and the Dairy Council of Florida are taking part in an assembly at Bashaw Elementary School today from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. as part of "Fuel Up to Play 60," a national in-school health and wellness program that encourages kids to eat well and exercise.

The program is designed to combat childhood obesity and help today's children develop healthy eating and physical activity habits to last a lifetime.

Students can participate in fun challenges with their classmates along the way to have the chance to unlock cool content and earn badges, and even get rcognized on the Fuel Up To Play 60 website.