• Health department offers resources for battle

    The month for reflecting on breast cancer awareness is quickly coming to a close and local health department administration is encouraging those who haven’t gotten a mammogran to get one.

    “It’s really critical women over 50 do get a mammogram. It can save their lives,” Health Department Administrator Barbara Locke said in a telephone interview.

  • Settlement to cost hospice $3.2 million

    Hospice of Citrus County has agreed to pay approximately $3.2 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

    The hospice has also entered into a detailed five-year corporate integrity agreement (CIA) with the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Free clinic open to uninsured Levy residents

    A special resource some may not know about is available to Levy residents who do not have health insurance and can meet certain criteria.

    The Levy County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps has many functions, including staffing the Community Cares Clinic.

    "We're trying to reach out to the residents of Levy County," said Mark Johnson, preparedness coordinator. The clinic has room to assist a few more patients and is always open to new volunteer medical professionals.

  • Tri-County residents Fall into Fitness

    By Wesley Asbell

    Residents of Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County took steps in the right direction to achieve better overall health by participating in the first annual Fall Into Fitness 5k Walk/Run/Bike Event on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event was part of a statewide effort to bring awareness to achieving a healthy weight and to recognize World Heart Day.

  • Stroke patients better off with private insurance than Medicaid

    Stroke victims who use Medicaid or are uninsured were more likely to die, stay hospitalized longer and have worse medical outcomes than patients with private insurance, a study by University of Florida Health researchers has found.

  • Great prizes for 'Battle of the Sexes' blood drive

    LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will be hosting its 5th Annual Battle of the Sexes blood drive competition June 22-26, and the ladies in North Florida will be trying to keep their record perfect.

    “This marks our fifth year, and the ladies have won every year,” said LifeSouth North Florida District Director Dustin Scott. “The whole idea is to beat the heat and add a little fun to the challenge of avoiding a summer blood shortage.”

  • Diabetics will help other diabetics

    Have you been diagnosed as a diabetic? Nationwide, about 11 million older adults have diabetes. Thousands of new cases are reported each year and millions more have it and don’t know it. Diabetes is a lifelong health condition but if individuals with the condition know how to manage it, they can live successfully without complications.

  • Take control of your cancer risks

    Get the latest and greatest information on how to control your cancer risks through a new online UF/IFAS Extension program.

    Linda Bobroff, professor of nutrition and health in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, developed the program, called “Take Control to Reduce Your Cancer Risk,” which went live in April.

  • Levy County's not healthy

    If you have not been feeling spiffy, consider this: You are not alone. Levy County is not a healthy place. 

    The county ranks 51 out of the state’s 67 counties in health outcomes according to the latest report from the University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two team up annually to provide a county-by-county snapshot of health in the United States. 

    While we are living longer, we are

    • More likely to be obese – 32 percent had a body mass index of 30 or more,

  • Health Department changes how it does things

    It's a trickle down effect: when something happens at the state level, it will almost certainly affect what happens in your county.

    The latest of those statewide changes are affecting the Florida Department of Health in Levy County and the people they serve.

    The health department will no longer offer adult primary care services, said Administrator Barbara Locke in a letter to patients dated March 18. The changes went into effect April 22, and they will still be available for assistance with urgent needs or prescription refills until then, the letter said.