Quality Physical Education Must be Maintained in Duval County Public Schools

Today, the Duval County Public School Board will begin to make recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and  is in an unfortunate financial situation. However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.

Make it Your Mission to Learn About Your Heart Health at the Go Red For Women Luncheon

Make it Your Mission to Learn About Your Heart Health at the Go Red For Women Luncheon

The American Heart Association, First Coast Market and chairwoman Kristi Bageant-Epperson of Citi are hosting the First Coast Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, May 20, 2011. For for information including ticket prices and event location contact the American Heart Assocation, First Coast Market at 904-256-5724 or go to

Free Asthma Summit Wednesday

The Issue:

  • Jacksonville’s emergency room visits and death rate from asthma are significantly higher than the state and national average. 
  • Duval County has had the most number of pediatric asthma deaths in the past three years for all Florida counties.
  • Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization for children in Duval County and the number one reason kids miss school, resulting in missed work for parents and mounting financial burdens.

Duval County Emergency Management Earns National Reaccreditation

The City of Jacksonville/Duval County Emergency Management team has become one of the first local jurisdictions to earn its reaccreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). 

Youth Win Immunization PSA Contest

Each year in the United States, we lose 1,070 people to meningitis and 4,590 people to cervical cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). In an effort to spread the word about these vaccine-preventable diseases and raise awareness among teens, Brunet-García Advertising sponsored the Florida Bureau of Immunization’s You Call the Shots public service announcement (PSA) contest; inviting youth ages 11 to 18 to produce and enter a 30-second  PSA highlighting the importance of HPV and meningitis vaccinations.

Report Ranks Jacksonville 10th for Alcohol-related Driving Violations

Report Ranks Jacksonville 10th  for Alcohol-related Driving Violations

According to an survey of 20 major metropolitan cities in the United States, Jacksonville ranks tenth in the nation for drivers with alcohol-related driving violations.

Walk to Cure Diabetes is this Saturday

Walk to Cure Diabetes is this Saturday

More than 5,000 walkers will participate in the Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) North Florida Chapter on Saturday, April 9th at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. The local chapter’s goal is to generate $575,000 for research of type 1 diabetes and its complications. This year’s Walk presented by Vistakon, CSX, Lender Processing Services (LPS) and the GATE Foundation, has festivities planned to begin at 8 a.m. with the D-Line of the Jacksonville Jaguars leading walkers out of the Fairgrounds onto Bay Street for the three mile walk official beginning at 9 a.m.