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Do You Have A Gaming Disorder?

June 23rd, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) has added “gaming disorder” as a new mental health condition listed in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases. Previously, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a handbook used by health professionals in the U.S. and other countries to help diagnose behavioral health disorders called out “Internet Gaming Disorder” but says the condition warrants more clinical research before it can be classified in the book as a formal disorder. WHO points out that all people who participate in gaming should be aware... Read More

Angels for Allison – For Parents Suffering from a Loss of a Child

November 3rd, 2017
Angels for Allison Volunteers

The Allison Brundick Haramis Foundation One of the most painful experiences a parent could experience is the loss of a child. Secondly, is experiencing this with little to no support. The foundation believes that families in need should never carry the burden alone. There are many amazing volunteers in the Jacksonville area who are ready and available to help families in need. “Founded in memory of 15-year old Allison Haramis; was tragically killed in an auto accident in April of 2009. Her family and friends wanted to create a living legacy of her joyous spirit by giving back to those in need,... Read More

CDC on Zika: Don’t stop as temps drop

October 26th, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise us to not abandon our Zika protective practices just yet. As we nestle into fall, mosquitos are still out and active in Florida. Seeing as there’s, currently, no vaccine or medication for Zika, the best way to protect yourself is through prevention. HOW IS ZIKA CONTRACTED? First thing’s first. It’s important to understand how the virus spreads in order to prevent infection. The virus lives in human body fluids and secretions. The picture here illustrates the ways infected body fluids move among men, women, fetuses, and mosquitoes.... Read More

World Food Day with Katie Doss, UF Master Gardener

October 16th, 2017

“The lack of access to proper nutrition is not only fueling obesity, it is leading to food insecurity and hunger among our children.” (via source) Today is World Food Day. As a girl I pretended to tightrope through perfectly tilled furrows between ridges upon ridges of brilliantly hued strawberries, peppers, okra, broccoli, crowder peas, and onions. For dinner, I plucked tomatoes straight from their wire cages in mom’s Midwestern garden. We have long since relocated to The Sunshine State, and my mom – Katie – is still growing and promoting personal and environmental health by... Read More

Better Safe Than Sick

October 11th, 2017

Fall is here. In Jacksonville, fall means a break from hellfire temps, pumpkin-spice everything, Patti Pie, comfy but unsightly UGG Boots (let’s agree to agree on this), snowbirds, and Season 8 of The Walking Dead (pssst … October 22nd … just saying). And also with fall comes flu. Seasonal flu is estimated to cause 250,000 to 500,000 deaths worldwide each year, and many more hospitalizations. Though flu has become a catch-all term for a variety of illnesses, like common cold, it’s actually a respiratory infection specifically caused by three seasonal influenza viruses – influenza A, influenza... Read More

Natural Life & OCD Jax Gives Back by Co-launching a New Line: FEARLESS

October 7th, 2017
OCD Jacksonville

For fashion lovers of super girly and inspirational quotes, look no further than Natural Life. The brand has been in business for 20 years in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Founder Patti Hughes believes that social responsibility has value for her business. With help from her team and partners, they launched a new line called “FEARLESS”. The flagship store located at St. Johns Town Center had a FEARLESS GiveBack Collection Release Party to celebrate the new line. A representative from OCD Jacksonville, Kim Vincenty, talked about how they help people in Jacksonville with anxiety disorders through group... Read More

Mental Health: Don’t Fake It

October 4th, 2017

“Don’t fake being OK. You only hurt yourself. Be real with what you’re going through.” (via source) MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS WEEK …Did I say free? Wait, got ahead of myself there. So, the first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). As a member of NAMI-Jacksonville, I’m compelled to give you the not-so-inside scoop on how we’re honoring World Mental Health Day (October 10th). NAMI-Jacksonville is hosting peer-to-peer recovery classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 10 to November... Read More

Talking Sex & Health with Dr. Noelle Pomeroy

September 25th, 2017

“Sex is a big question mark. It is something people will talk about forever.” (via Source) It’s World Sexual Health Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA). When thinking sexual health, most of us think sexually transmitted diseases. But there’s so much more to it! WHO defines sexual health as: “…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and... Read More

Science Says Report to Your Nearest Yoga Mat

September 18th, 2017

“It’s not about being good at something. It’s about being good to yourself.” (via Namaste, Jacksonville! September is National Yoga Awareness Month, a perfect time to finally put your stretchy pants and crop tops to proper use. If they have been repurposed into supermarket sweats, two things: 1) good for you, and 2) please re-repurpose them and report to your nearest yoga mat! Here’s why. HEALTH BENEFITS GALORE In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated the month of September to promote the well-studied health benefits of yoga,... Read More