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Health

  • Study checks the pulse of Levy health

    Adult smokers are on the decline in Levy County, but work remains to be done on the Healthiest Weight initiative, according to the Florida Department of Health's Levy Community Health Assessment (CHA) for Levy County, conducted in 2012 and 2013.

  • Free smoking cessation classes

    Free Six-Weeks Quit Tobacco classes are being offered on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Capital City Bank Conference Room, 2012 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, with free materials and nicotine replacement products valued at more than $80. 

  • UF study: Majority of teens see prescription stimulants as problem with peers

    GAINESVILLE —Two-thirds of young people surveyed said the use of prescription stimulants is a moderate-to-large problem among youth, according to a new University of Florida study. Nearly 15 percent said they had used a prescription stimulant, the study shows, and almost 12 percent reported diverting medications by giving their stimulants to a peer or taking someone else’s pills.

  • The truth about anxiety and stress

     In the 1970s Ricky Nelson song, “Garden Party, one of the refrains goes, “You can’t please everyone so you’ve got to please yourself.” That may ring true to you if you’re constantly stressed about making everyone around you happy.

  • 5 percent of Americans have serious mental illness

    A January report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration claimed 20 percent of U.S. adults experienced a mental illness in 2010 and five percent had a serious mental illness, with the latter corresponding to about 11.4 million adult Americans. The report defined “serious mental illness” using words mirroring those the federal government has used for years to define “disability.” The highest rate of adult mental illness in terms of age was among 18 to 25 year-olds.

  • Hospice chaplains provide care and comfort

    By Koertni Blackketter

  • Learn about Medicare from SHINE volunteers

    Learn everything you wanted to know about Medicare, but were afraid to ask, such as:
    • How does Medicare work?
    • What Part D Plan saves me the most $$$?
    • Where do I find supplemental insurance rates?
    • How does my employer’s insurance work with Medicare?
    • Are there any programs to help pay for my Part B premium?

  • Tips to reach 100 by creating your own Blue Zone 

  • Rubio's staff coming to help

    If you are having an issue with Social Security, Medicare, Veterans Benefits, immigration, the IRS or any federal agency, a member of Senator Rubio’s staff will be available to meet with you. Please plan to attend to meet your local staff and find out the services Senator Rubio’s Office offers his constituents. Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties Care Center, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.

  • National Day of Decision — April 16

    By Linda C. Scaz RN, PhD
    The fifth-annual National Day of Decision (NHDD) is set for April 16. Started by the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), this is a day set aside for individuals and families to have some open and honest dialog about advanced directives. Put more simply, it is a day to think about one’s wishes concerning medical treatment or non–treatment at end of life.