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Bartow students get a tobacco lesson

Bartow students get a tobacco lesson

Bartow, FL -- The Polk County Health Department has announced a nationally-known anti-tobacco speaker will be visiting the area this week.


In recognition of the 3rd Annual Tobacco Free Florida Week, the Tobacco Free Partnership, Polk County Health Department, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) and Tobacco Free Florida will sponsor presentations by Rick Bender, a national speaker and oral cancer survivor.


Rick Bender will be sharing his personal story and presenting the dangers of tobacco use, especially smokeless. 

Vendors register now for Bartow Health Fair

Vendors register now for Bartow Health Fair

Bartow, FL -- The Bartow Community Health Fair, sponsored by Leo E. Longworth State Farm Insurance Company, is set for Saturday, April 30.

The fair will include a variety of vendors, a silent auction and door prizes and is presented by St. James AME Church and Upsilon Xi Chapter, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Carver Recreational Center, 520 S. Idlewood Ave. in Bartow.

How to save on your Medicare costs

How to save on your Medicare costs

Bartow, FL -- Do you or someone you know need help with their Medicare costs? Want to learn how to save money?

Medicare Beneficiary Outreach and Assistance (MBOA) representatives will be available to help Medicare beneficiaries learn if they qualify for additional benefits, and if they do provide application assistance on Tuesday, March 15.

The MBOA program offers free education and confidential application assistance for Medicare beneficiaries who may be eligible for programs that assist them in paying for their Part D or Part B premiums.

Matters of the Heart health fair at LRMC

Matters of the Heart health fair at LRMC

Lakeland, FL -- Lakeland Regional Medical Center invites the public to attend Matters of the Heart on Friday, Feb. 11 from 2-3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. in Lakeland. 


A health fair will be held prior to the program from 1:30-2 p.m.


This is a great time for people to meet a variety of board-certified physicans.

Bartow Regional Medical Center asks for Volunteers

Bartow Regional Medical Center asks for Volunteers

Bartow, FL -- If you've got some spare time, and don't need a lot of spare change in return, Bartow Regional Medical Center could use your help.


Officals are looking for part-time volunteer workers to fill some the following positions listed on their website:


"Volunteers can greet patients and help direct visitors in the front lobby, sell items in the Gift Shop, help patients in the admissions process, drive a golf cart picking patients and visitors up at their cars or work with visitors waiting in the Same Day Surgery and Operating Room areas."


Shifts are 4 hours each.   

Citrus industry seeks to reduce Statin stigma

Citrus industry seeks to reduce Statin stigma

Bartow, FL -- Grapefruit growers have taken a big hit over the years, as millions of patients taking popular statin drugs to lower their cholesterol have been told to stay away from the citrus fruit because it does not interact well with the medicines.

The problem, they say, is that people taking other types of drugs and over-the-counter remedies may also assume that the same warning applies to them and unnecessarily forgo the fruit. 

According to the website About.com, "Although there are known drug interactions with statin medications, there is also another non-drug interaction that can have detrimental effects on your cholesterol lowering therapy: grapefruit. Although eating fruit may seem harmless, drinking a glass of grapefruit juice or eating a grapefruit around the time you take your statin may be deadly."

"Grapefruit contains the compound bergamottin, which interacts with certain enzyme systems in the body, such as cytochrome P-450 and P-glycoprotein. These enzyme systems are responsible for breaking down statins, as well as other drugs, into more usable chemicals."

Flu warning level raised in Polk County

Flu warning level raised in Polk County

Bartow, FL -- Polk County health officials say it's not an all-out outbreak...not yet.


But they have seen enough of an increase in reported cases to raise the incidence rate from mild to moderate.


According to the county's website:


"The Polk County Health Department offers seasonal flu and pneumonia shots for adults at several clinic locations. The cost of a seasonal flu shot is $25. Medicare Part B is accepted as payment with pre-verification prior to service being rendered.  HMOs and PPOs are not accepted."