Health and Safety Tips
Tallahassee, Fla.—With the 2016 Hurricane Season just around the corner, the Florida Department of Health urges Floridians to take action now to protect their family and property as part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, celebrated May 15-21.
May 05, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla.—Today Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip attended the Southwest Alliance of County Health Officers Consortium Meeting in Fort Myers, and conversed with health leaders about regional priorities.
Tallahassee, Fla.—Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip continued her statewide tour today to gather feedback on public health priorities with a visit to the local health department in Fort Lauderdale.
Tallahassee, Fla.—Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip visited the Department of Health in Miami-Dade County today during the next leg of her statewide tour. The meeting brought together leadership from the health department to discuss priorities unique to the south Florida area.
Tallahassee, Fla.—Today, Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip attended the West Central Florida Public Health Alliance Meeting in Tampa.
April 19, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida Department of Health Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip is touring the state in an effort to hear feedback on public health priorities in each of Florida’s 67 counties.
Tallahassee, Fla.—Join the Florida Department of Health and Safe Kids Florida at the 2016 Safe Kids Day event presented by Nationwide and hosted by Leon County Emergency Medical Services.
April 11, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla. — Join the Florida Department of Health in recognizing April as National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme, “Building Healthy Communities: Accelerating Health Equity throughout Florida,” reflects our continuous and collective efforts to increase momentum toward becoming a state where all Floridians achieve the highest level of health possible.
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) has launched a new and improved health care complaint portal.
March 28, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health reminds Floridians to take precautions to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Tallahassee, Fla.—As Spring Break winds down and Florida sees more accommodating outdoor weather, the Department of Health is encouraging residents and visitors to take precautions against potentially harmful sun exposure.
March 24, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla.—Today the Florida Department of Health joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recognizing World TB Day, which commemorates the discovery of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.
Tallahassee, Fla.—March 20-26, 2016 is the 55th observance of National Poison Prevention Week as established by the United States Congress. Poison prevention is everyone’s responsibility and it only takes a few minutes to safely store potentially hazardous products.
March 11, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla.— March means that spring break season is in full swing in the Sunshine State and the Florida Department of Health is providing weekly spring break health and safety messages to help keep residents and visitors safe while having fun.
Tallahassee, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health encourages all Florida residents and visitors to learn about the importance of healthy sleeping habits and how they affect overall health as we move our clocks forward for daylight saving time on Sunday.
Florida Health has launched a new tool to help adults keep track of recommended health screenings and immunizations.
Tallahassee, Fla. — Today is Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist Day and the Florida Department of Health is proud to support the local efforts of our licensed public health dietitians/ nutritionists. The department’s licensed public health nutritionists/dietitians help Floridians establish healthy eating habits and enjoy healthier lives.
Tallahassee, Fla.— Today, Florida Department of Health offices statewide participated in the 8th Annual National Dress in Blue Day to raise awareness for colorectal cancer. State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong joined staff at the Department of Health in Marion County to show their blue.
February 17, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla.—February is American Heart Month and the Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians to learn about heart health and take action to keep their hearts healthy.
February 04, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla.—Today, the Florida Department of Health joins communities across the state in recognizing World Cancer Day, a yearly event uniting the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
January 13, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health is raising awareness about the importance of identifying and mitigating elevated indoor radon levels in all homes and buildings. Elevated levels of radon can be detected through testing and reduced using proven techniques.
December 31, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—With 2015 coming to a close, the Florida Department of Health is reflecting on the achievement of statewide public health milestones during the year. On behalf of Florida’s children, adults, and families, the department is driven to help Florida become the healthiest state in the nation.
December 30, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health reminds all Florida residents and visitors to plan ahead for a safe and fun New Year’s celebration. Take the time to talk about safety measures with your loved ones before the fun begins. Almost 9,000 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Florida from 2003-2012.
December 18, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla. —The Florida Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) works diligently to ensure an adequate supply of well-trained physicians are available to meet Florida’s current and future health care needs.
December 17, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—The halls are decked and lights carefully strung, but did you know that could mean possible injuries this holiday season? But there’s no need to pack away the decorations just yet, because unintentional injuries are preventable. The Florida Department of Health offers tips and guidelines for decorating this winter.
December 16, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health encourages Florida residents and visitors to choose safe toys this holiday season. To keep your holiday healthy and fun, make sure to choose toys for a child that are age-appropriate and match the interest and skill level of the child.
December 10, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Board of Pharmacy is making progress in ensuring Florida residents have access to needed prescription medication. The board recently approved an amendment to Rule 64B16-27.831, Florida Administrative Code, providing clarification to pharmacists to aid in the filling of controlled substance prescriptions. The rule will take effect Dec. 24.
December 09, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla. —The Florida Department of Health encourages residents and visitors to continue enjoying activities along the coast, and to stay informed about the current red tide blooms. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast predicts concentrations of red tide will increase throughout the week along portions of northwest Florida. There is currently elevated potential for respiratory irritation in Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties.
November 23, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Governor Rick Scott’s Florida First budget invests nearly $2.8 billion to help keep Florida families healthy. The Florida First budget focuses on biomedical research efforts and continued technological improvements. With these advancements, Florida can become home to the leading cancer registry in the nation.
November 20, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla. —Food traditionally plays a large role in holiday festivities. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Florida Department of Health is encouraging Floridians to keep safe food preparation and handling practices in mind.
November 16, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla. — Nov. 16–22 is Get Smart About Antibiotics Week and the Florida Department of Health is working to raise awareness about the importance of appropriate antibiotic use, prescribing and the risk of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are commonly given, but are often prescribed when they are not needed, reducing their effectiveness.
November 13, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Floridians living in standardized public housing may be breathing easier soon, as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro has introduced a smoke-free policy in HUD-affiliated public housing authorities nationwide.
November 12, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Intravenous (IV) clinics have opened across the state of Florida in recent months offering hydration, vitamin infusion and other services. The Florida Department of Health wants to make sure that anyone who chooses to visit an IV clinic has a safe and healthy experience. Consumers should be aware that Florida’s statutes and rules for practicing medicine are specific in detailing who is allowed to administer an IV.
November 11, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Veterans Day is November 11th, but the Florida Department of Health works hard to honor current and former military members and their families every day of the year by ensuring that veterans have all the information they need to receive the best possible medical care. Through the Veterans’ Benefit Initiative, the Florida Department of Health is working to educate veterans, military members and their families about service-connected disability benefits.
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health honors and supports veterans, members of the military and their families on Veterans Day. More than 1.5 million veterans call Florida home, many of whom have served during wartime. In recognition of Florida’s veteran health care professionals, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong has released a special Veterans Day video message. The department has also published the second annual Florida Veteran Health Heroes.
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health has been selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to participate in the Child Safety Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (CS CoIIN), a groundbreaking initiative that serves to make advances in child safety and reduce child injuries and deaths.
November 02, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Red tide is a naturally occurring, higher-than-normal concentration of microscopic algae. In Florida, the species that causes most red tides is Karenia brevis. This organism produces toxins that can affect the central nervous system of aquatic organisms such as fish and marine mammals. Red tide toxins also pose a human health risk. The toxins can aerosolize and be carried to beaches with onshore winds, leading to respiratory irritation in people. Toxins can accumulate in shellfish and result in illnesses if contaminated shellfish are consumed. Shellfish harvesting areas are closed when blooms are present.
October 30, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Halloween isn’t the only activity to look forward to this weekend – Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. The Florida Department of Health encourages residents to replace batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. This simple measure can help prevent unintentional injuries.
October 27, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Two Florida schools are making national headlines for their efforts in moving health forward. Recently, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation recognized the nation’s leading schools, industry leaders, corporate partners and out-of-school time programs at its annual Leader’s Summit in Washington, D.C. The two Florida schools chosen received Gold-level recognition. Only 10 schools nationwide achieved the Gold-level.
October 27, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—When it comes to keeping healthy habits, Halloween can be a scary time of year. To make this holiday a little less spooky, the Florida Department of Health’s Healthiest Weight Florida program is offering a “Halloween the Healthy Way” guide for children and families.
October 22, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health is celebrating National Health Education Week (NHEW) this week, Oct. 19-23. Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education, this annual observance focuses national attention on the role of health education in public health. This year’s theme of National Health Education Week is “Health Education: Past, Present, and Future” and is an opportunity to celebrate past successes, present efforts and future opportunities for the health education profession.
October 16, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health is raising awareness about National Teen Driver Safety Week during the week of Oct. 18-24. This annual designation by Congress emphasizes the importance of safe teen driver and passenger behavior. This year’s theme, “5 to Drive,” highlights key safety messages for drivers. In 2014, Florida teens were involved in 38,795 driver crashes.
October 02, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—This past week the Florida Department of Health celebrated World Heart Day with 5K Walk/Runs and Hands-Only™ CPR trainings held in every county. Statewide, the department engaged with nearly 50,000 people across Florida to create heart healthy environments.
September 24, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health, in partnership with community organizations, is training staff on Hands-Only™ CPR in celebration of World Heart Day on Sept. 29. County Health Departments in all 67 counties are also hosting trainings.
September 16, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—Today, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong visited the Florida State Capitol Building to launch Easy Steps to Health @ Work. Signs are placed in stairwells throughout the Capitol encouraging legislators, residents and visitors to take the stairs instead of elevators.
September 15, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health invites you to join “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month.” This national campaign encourages all Floridians to take charge of their own health and encourage loved ones to do the same. The 2015 campaign theme is “Keep Yourself Healthy; and Encourage Loved Ones to Do the Same by Getting a Check-up or Preventive Screening.”
July 28, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health recognizes World Hepatitis Day as an opportunity to encourage prevention for all residents. In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) made World Hepatitis Day only the fourth official disease-specific world health day, and designated July 28th for the observance. The 2015 theme is “Prevent Hepatitis: It’s up to you,” in order to promote all people to know their status and prevent infection.
July 24, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—In an effort to facilitate media interviews regarding Hansen’s disease, formerly known as leprosy, the Florida Department of Health has made available a broadcast-quality, downloadable interview with Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Carina Blackmore. The video can be accessed here: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/leprosy/index.html
July 02, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health reminds all residents to enjoy food safely this Fourth of July holiday weekend. It is often easy to forget simple steps like proper hand washing can protect our family and friends. The best way to prevent illness is to practice safe food preparation and food handling.
June 29, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—On July 4, residents and visitors celebrate America's Independence Day with family and friends. The Florida Department of Health reminds everyone to be responsible if using fireworks at their events.
TALLAHASSEE—This June, the Florida Department of Health invites residents to get active and enjoy the natural wonders Florida has to offer. Get Outdoors Month encourages residents to fully enjoy Florida’s 161 state parks, 10 state trails and 12 national parks.
June 19, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The summer season official begins Sunday and the Florida Department of Health is reminding Floridians to practice pool safety by using the layers of protection this summer. In Florida, drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1-4. The Waterproof FL campaign aims to educate residents and visitors in order to prevent childhood drowning in our state.
June 12, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health urges all residents and visitors to "drain and cover" to prevent mosquito bites. Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water so by eliminating those sources of water it will prevent them from multiplying. Reducing the contact your family has with mosquitoes can reduce the chance for illness.
May 22, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—Memorial Day is an opportunity to pause and honor those who have sacrificed their lives in service to our country. For many, it also marks the unofficial start of summer, and the Florida Department of Health encourages residents and visitors to make healthy and safe choices during the summer season.
May 08, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and the Florida Department of Health, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, is launching a new sun safety project called Sun's Up, Cover Up targeting visitors to Florida's beautiful state parks.
May 05, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—Screen-Free Week is an annual celebration from May 4–10 when families, schools and communities swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. The Florida Department of Health and Healthiest Weight Florida are celebrating the week by encouraging Floridians to take the challenge: play, create, get active and spend more time with family and friends instead of watching TV, surfing the web or playing with apps and video games this week.
May 05, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—May 5 is National Hand Hygiene Day and the Florida Department of Health urges residents to pause and consider the importance of this everyday health habit. Washing your hands is the most significant step one can take to prevent the spread of germs and illness.
May 01, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month and the Florida Department of Health is working statewide to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Floridians in the workplace.
April 30, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The first weekend in May marks the celebration of one of America’s most iconic summer traditions, the Kentucky Derby. Regardless of whether you are close to the derby action or simply celebrating in style in your own backyard, the Florida Department of Health encourages you to take precautions to protect your skin this weekend.
April 23, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—This week is National Playground Safety Week and the Florida Department of Health encourages parents and children to make safety a priority on the playground. Through Safe Kids Florida the department is working to reduce the number of unintentional childhood injuries and deaths that occur in Florida.
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health invites you to join in the fight against childhood obesity by participating in Every Kid Healthy Week April 19–25, 2015.
April 09, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—This week the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence recognize World Health Day as a chance to highlight the importance of food safety. The 2015 theme of World Health Day is "How Safe is Your Food?" and with the summer months approaching the department encourages Floridians to take the necessary precautions when eating and preparing food.
March 24, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—As Spring Break kicks into full swing, the Florida Department of Health is warning residents and visitors of the potential health hazards associated with black henna tattoos. The paste in black henna tattoos contains a toxic chemical found in black hair dye called para-phenylenediamine (PPD).
March 06, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—This weekend, as we move our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time, the Florida Department of Health encourages everyone to learn more about the importance of healthy sleeping habits for healthy outcomes, to include healthy weight. Across all age groups, but particularly among children, studies have shown an association between short sleep duration and excess body weight.
February 03, 2015
TALLAHASSEE — February is American Heart Month and the Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians to take the time to learn more about how to keep their hearts healthy. Many forms of heart disease are highly preventable for people who know the risk factors and also know how to reduce their risk.
January 16, 2015
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health is reminding Floridians about the importance of identifying and addressing elevated indoor radon levels in homes and buildings statewide. January is Radon Action Month and is designed to educate Floridians about what radon is, the health risks of being exposed to elevated levels of radon, how to test homes and other buildings for radon, and what actions need to be taken if high levels of radon are present.
December 22, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—As the holiday season kicks into high gear, the Florida Department of Health would like to remind everyone to stay safe, prepared and aware. With the excitement of the holidays in the air, it can be easy to forget about safety precautions and careful behavior.
December 19, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The holiday season is a time of giving. The Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians to give the gift of healthy activity to family and friends. Helping others achieve and maintain good health is one of the most valuable gifts you can give that will positively impact their lives for years to come.
December 19, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health urges Floridians to take precautions to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning as there have been several recent incidents leading to hospitalizations and even deaths in Florida.
November 25, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—With Thanksgiving right around the corner—and food traditionally playing a large part in the festivities—the Florida Department of Health is encouraging Floridians to keep safe food preparation and handling practices in mind.
October 28, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—As Halloween approaches, the Florida Department of Health encourages families to celebrate in a safe and healthy way. Parents should talk to their children about Halloween safety and educate one another on healthy practices.
August 29, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health reminds residents and visitors to maintain a healthy balance of activities during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Whether spending the day at the beach or at the pool, the Department encourages Floridians to keep safety and health in mind as families enjoy outdoor activities and special meals together.
August 01, 2014
Florida is known for its beautiful beaches. We are proud to be the home of so many vacation destinations and encourage all residents and visitors to exercise healthy and safe practices when enjoying our state’s wonderful beaches. Beachgoers should remember to use sunscreen, stay hydrated, practice water safety, prevent injury, and be respectful and aware of the animals and organisms that call our coast home.
July 03, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—As families and friends gather during many outdoor activities to celebrate the 4th of July, the Florida Department of Health urges residents and visitors to be aware of the forecast increase in temperatures for many areas of the state, and the potential for heat-related illnesses that may result from heat exhaustion and dehydration.
June 13, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—June is National Men’s Health Month, and as Father’s Day approaches, the Florida Department of Health is raising awareness about men’s health. During this month, fathers, husbands, sons, grandfathers and friends are encouraged to reflect on making healthy choices that will lead to longer and healthier lives.
June 06, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health urges all residents and visitors to consider the health risks of using illegal synthetic drugs. Taken to achieve the high associated with drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, and cocaine, these synthetic substitutes are life-threatening and addictive. Within the past week, up to 30 individuals in Alachua County became severely ill after using such substances.
June 04, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health cautions those who swim frequently in Florida’s lakes, rivers and ponds during warm temperatures about the possible presence of Naegleria fowleri. Contact with this amoeba is rare, but the organism targets a person’s brain and usually results in death. Adverse health effects on humans can be prevented by avoiding nasal contact with the waters, since the amoeba enters through the nasal passages.
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health is encouraging all Florida residents and visitors to keep health and safety a priority while enjoying this Memorial Day weekend. Simple awareness and precautions can help families have fun without the interruption of injury or illness.
March 20, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health would like to warn residents and visitors of the potential health hazards associated with “black henna” tattoos. Unlike natural brown henna tattoos, which use dried ground henna leaves to create a temporary tattoo, the unsafe and unnatural black henna paste produces a black design because para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a toxic chemical which is exempt from approval by the FDA and is included in small amounts in black hair dye, has been added to the paste.
January 28, 2014
TALLAHASSEE&—The Florida Department of Health urges Floridians, especially those residents and visitors in the Panhandle, to take precautions to stay healthy and safe during extreme cold weather. With wind chills forecasted anywhere from 20–25 degrees this week in north Florida, it is important to take extra precautions.
January 09, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health reminds Floridians of the importance of identifying and mitigating elevated indoor radon levels in homes and buildings statewide. January is Radon Action Awareness Month and is designed to educate Floridians about the dangers of being exposed to elevated indoor radon levels.
January 07, 2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health urges Floridians to take precautions to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning as winter weather reaches down into central areas of the state this week.
It’s a wonderful time of the year for holiday parties, food and cocktails. Yet did you know that mixing alcohol and medications can be life-threatening? Whether you’re taking a prescription, over-the-counter medicines or even an herbal remedy, combining any medication with alcohol can lead to severe health consequences. The type of medicine, amount of alcohol consumed and physical differences related to a person’s age or weight can contribute to potential health risks. It’s important to be aware of the dangers of alcohol and medication interaction now and throughout the year.
December 17, 2013
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. Keep your family’s holiday safe and fun by giving your child age-appropriate toys. Toys should be selected based upon the age, interest and skill level of the child. When selecting gifts this holiday season, keep these toy safety tips in mind:
December 10, 2013
After your usual visit to the doctor, your physician prescribes your medication. You take the recommended dose, but there are still some pills left over in the container. So what do you do with the medications that are left unused? Most of us might just hide the container in a drawer somewhere while it collects dust—after all, we have no more use for them. But what you might not know is this poses a serious risk for children around the house, who could find them and accidentally ingest dangerous substances.
TALLAHASSEE—This holiday season, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) encourages Floridians to properly prepare meals and store food in order to prevent foodborne-illness or diseases caused by eating contaminated foods and drinks.
November 21, 2013
Family health history connects people to their past and their future. Knowing one’s family health history is a key part of reducing future health risks. As Benjamin Franklin once said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to talk with your family about family health history.
October 31, 2013
Unwind and unplug—words many people dread to read or hear because they are reminded of how overwhelmed and stressed they’ve become thanks to hectic lifestyles and technology. When people are overly busy, they can lose important connections with family, friends and the community, and forget to make sure their mental and physical health is intact.
October 25, 2013
Halloween is an exciting time for children and families to dress up in fun costumes, participate in fall activities and eat delicious treats. As you and your family enjoy Halloween festivities this year, please be sure to follow these tips for having a healthy and safe Halloween!
September 04, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health (DOH) Office of Minority Health invites you to join the statewide Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month campaign. This campaign aims to improve the health of all Floridians by encouraging prevention and early detection.
August 29, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health reminds residents and visitors to maintain a healthy balance of activities during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Department encourages Floridians to keep safety and health in mind as families enjoy outdoor activities and special meals together.
August 15, 2013
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day is “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” This year, to celebrate your impact on society, try taking a mental and physical break on Labor Day!
July 24, 2013
Many view massages as rewards for a job well done, a break from the daily stress of work and routine. Though they are a great way to relax and unwind after a hectic week, massage therapy benefits can warrant much more than a once-every-three-years experience. Massage therapy offers various health benefits including helping to treat illnesses, reducing pain resulting from injuries, and decreasing stress levels.
July 10, 2013
Potentially poisonous items around the house, in our medicine cabinets, and in our yards might prove dangerous to our health and the health of children, so the Florida Department of Health (DOH) encourages all Floridians to be aware and take caution this summer. The nearly 200,000 calls to Florida’s three Poison Information Centers in 2010 serve as a reminder that protecting yourself and your children from poison is crucial to your health.
May 24, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health (DOH) encourages Floridians to make healthy choices while enjoying this Memorial Day weekend. Having a healthy weight is the result of making consistent, healthy choices each day about food and activity.
May 01, 2013
Let's make a bet—if your first weekend of May includes the thrill of America's horse and history-rich springtime sports party, your plans are also likely to include unwarranted amounts of daytime sun. But not to fret, there's no need to jump hurdles to ensure that you have a healthy, successful winning streak. In fact, it just so happens that the most fashionable item of the Kentucky Derby is one of the very secrets to staying safe!
The Florida outdoors is one big playground—especially in Spring and Summer. Grab your sunscreen and workout gear and get ready to spring into fitness. Many Florida outdoor spaces are equipped for children and those with disabilities—always call ahead to find out about accommodations.
April 01, 2013
Florida Health works daily to ensure Florida becomes the healthiest state in the nation. How does Florida Health work for you? Join the conversation by tweeting @HealthyFla and using the hashtag #flhealthworks4me.
March 25, 2013
In public health, prevention pays. What does this mean? If costly conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and sexually transmitted diseases can be prevented, then money can be saved on care. Preventative behaviors such as avoiding tobacco, getting medical screenings, and breastfeeding have a high return on investment (ROI). When each person engages in these healthy habits, Florida saves money.
Blog Post from DOH's Chief of Staff In my 20 years at the Florida Department of Health (DOH), I have seen firsthand how essential public health systems are in ensuring that Floridians preserve and improve their health to enjoy longer, more fulfilled lives.
March 14, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health is reminding people to use caution at the beach or in waters with high concentrations of red tide algae. Adverse health effects on humans and pets can be prevented by staying away from affected areas until the wind moves the algae further offshore.
February 06, 2013
This month, let the Valentine’s Day hearts you see everywhere remind you to take time to think about your own heart. The Florida Department of Health Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention program encourages heart disease prevention by managing contributors to heart disease and reducing your risk. Often thought of as a man’s disease, heart disease is actually the number one killer of women.
January 10, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health (DOH) encourages moms-to-be to take at least 400 micrograms of folic acid as a multi-vitamin and eat foods that contain the folic acid as part of National Folic Acid Awareness Week. Folic acid (also known as folate) is found in leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, cereal and oatmeal. Taken daily, this B vitamin is recommended for women of child bearing age to prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, also known as neural tube defects.