Whole Foods Market Hosts Autism Awareness Day

September 10, 2008

Whole Foods Market in Winter Park will host Autism Awareness Day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. September 20 and donate five percent of the store’s net sales to Autism Speaks–an organization dedicated to finding effective treatments and a cure for autism and creating a better future for those whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Throughout the day, various groups will be on hand offering information about different aspects of the disorder, including detection, interventions, support, recreational services and diet information. Lecture topics for parents include diagnosis and treatment, including special diets. Call 407-673-8788 for more details.


Florida KidCare Holds Contest For Creative Teen Commercials

September 10, 2008

Florida KidCare is looking for bright, talented middle and high school students who can shoot a 30-second commercial promoting Florida KidCare. (Florida KidCare is Florida’s health-insurance program for uninsured kids.)

The commercial needs to target students ages 12 to 18; in other words, this project is based on peer-to-peer advertising. The 12- to 18-year-olds making the commercials are going to encourage other 12- to 18-year-olds to apply for Florida KidCare.

Student teams, which can have up to three members, can submit film and print entries. There are prizes for students and their schools.

Click here for more contest information.


New Report Spotlights College Smoking Trends

September 10, 2008

College students may be smoking less than in the past on college and university campuses, but they continue to face aggressive tobacco industry marketing tactics, according to a new report released by the American Lung Association (ALA).

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the current status of tobacco use and policies on college and university campuses. The ALA analyzed published research, surveys and tobacco industry documents to provide a wide-ranging look at the impact tobacco has in today’s college life.

In 2005, the tobacco industry spent more than $1 million a day sponsoring events and giveaways targeting college students.

Click here to read more about the report.


CDC Launches Campaign to Fight Drug-Resistant Germ

September 10, 2008

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a national campaign to teach parents how to keep their children safe from skin infections caused by the potentially dangerous bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

MRSA is a type of staph bacteria resistant to certain antibiotics. It has been in the news because it can cause severe infections in health care settings, such as hospitals. But parents may not be aware that it can also cause skin infections in otherwise healthy people who haven’t recently been hospitalized.

Click here to read more about the campaign.


Healthy Family Fun Planned at Interfaith Council Community Event

September 2, 2008

The Interfaith Council on Community Health and Wholeness is launching its “Our Whole Community”  project in a community event from 3-6 p.m. September 14 at Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Ave, Winter Park.

The family event will feature tours of a community garden, tips on planting vegetables from Tom McCubbin and Ed Thralls, as well as cooking demonstrations and fitness presentations. There also will be a food court setting with healthy food choices. Soil testing is available.

For more information, contact Council Coordinator Joann White, 407-998-5659.


Researchers Look for New Asthma Links

September 2, 2008

Researchers investigating the reasons for children’s asthma epidemic have identified child abuse as one more potential cause.

The researchers, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who studied children in Puerto Rico because of the high incidence of asthma, found those who had gone through physical or sexual abuse were much more likely to suffer from asthma than those who had not been mistreated.

But the abused children represented only a small fraction of the total number with asthma.

Click here to read the complete New York Times story.


U.S. Chickenpox Prevention Program Working

September 2, 2008

The chickenpox vaccination program launched in 1995 has had a dramatic impact on the number of children infected, hospitalized and killed by the virus in the United States.

According to a review of a recent article, “Varicella Prevention in the United States: A Review of Successes and Challenges,” found in the August issue of “Pediatrics” magazine, cases of chickenpox (varicella) had dropped 90 percent by 2005.

The number of varicella-related hospitalizations declined 75 to 88 percent and deaths declined by more than 74 percent in people under age 50, with the greatest declines among children ages one to four (92 percent) and five to nine (89 percent).

Click here to read more on the American Academy of Pediatrics website.