Health & Wellness

Outdoor Safety Takes Center Stage This Summer

Outdoor Safety Takes Center Stage This Summer

  By Tamas Mondovics Summer is in full swing and residents are urged to keep safety first and foremost while enjoying the outdoors. County officials have provided safety tips to protect  family, home and animals listed below. Water Safety • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a(…)

Brandon Regional Hospital Announces First Humanitarian Award Volunteer Recipient

Brandon Regional Hospital Announces First Humanitarian Award Volunteer Recipient

  By Kathy L. Collins Janice Doyle of Brandon is the 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award Volunteer recipient. The award was presented by Brandon Regional Hospital. Doyle has been a volunteer in the hospital’s auxiliary since August 2011 and participates in the Ambassador Program. This program seeks to provide volunteers to patients, who may not otherwise(…)

Local Girl Starts Foundation To Help Fight Cancer

Local Girl Starts Foundation To Help Fight Cancer

  By Libby Hopkins Helena Noel of Riverview is not your average 11-year-old. Sure, she likes playing golf and hanging out with her friends and family, but the thing that makes Noel different from other girls her age is that she’s a fighter. No, she not a boxer, she’s a fighter for cancer.  When her(…)

Judy’s Dance Academy Celebrates National Dance Day

Judy’s Dance Academy Celebrates National Dance Day

Staff Report   Judy’s Dance Academy will celebrate National Dance Day on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with a variety of fun activities. JDA dancers have been rehearsing choreography in preparation to share with the community. Launched in 2010, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that encourages Americans to embrace dance as a(…)

South Bay Hospital To Open Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

South Bay Hospital To Open Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

  By Natalia Diaz South Bay Hospital, a 112-bed, acute care hospital serving Sun City Center, Ruskin, Wimauma, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Gibsonton and the surrounding areas, is expanding its cardiac services and building a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The state-of-the-art Cath Lab will assist physicians in diagnosing and treating heart conditions by using catheters instead of(…)

Family YMCA At Big Bend Rd. To Bring Over 125 Jobs

Family YMCA At Big Bend Rd. To Bring Over 125 Jobs

  By Tamas Mondovics Construction on a brand new Family YMCA, the first full service family Y in a decade, began this month in Riverview and, according to Y officials, is still on schedule with its planned first phase-completion by the end of 2014. “We have just received our building permits and are now ready(…)

Apollo Beach Family Places Fourth In Dunedin Triathlon

Apollo Beach Family Places Fourth In Dunedin Triathlon

  By Kelly Legg The old saying, “the family that prays together, stays together” holds very true for the Geist/Palas family, except this family not only prays together, but they’ve been entering races together for more than four years. Recently, the Apollo Beach family participated in the Dunedin triathlon, which is known as a great(…)

Faces Of Courage Offers Cancer Camp To Women Of Color In Community

Faces Of Courage Offers Cancer Camp To Women Of Color In Community

  By Libby Hopkins Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Many women of color from all around Tampa Bay and beyond love the way Peggie Sherry and her foundation, Faces of Courage(…)

Burns Middle School Hosts Narcotics Overdose Prevention, Education Event

Burns Middle School Hosts Narcotics Overdose Prevention, Education Event

By Tamas Mondovics Burns Middle School staff and faculty said farewell to its eight-grade students last month, but not before a solemn reminder about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse. Hosted by Hillsborough County Sheriff School Resource Deputy Roger Bradley, the event, known as Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE), consisted of statistics and(…)

Seniors Compete During Annual Brain And Body Challenge

Seniors Compete During Annual Brain And Body Challenge

By Tamas Mondovics Close to 300 Hillsborough County area seniors gathered together last month for a chance to once again measure up their mental as well as athletic skills and enjoy some well-organized association during the annual Brain and Body Challenge. Formerly known as the Senior Wacky Olympics, the all indoor event was hosted by(…)