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Community health event at LEGOLAND

Community health event at LEGOLAND

Winter Haven, Florida -- The Winter Haven Hospital Foundation Citrus Classic, a community-wide health event, will take place at LEGOLAND Florida on April 14.

This marks the first year for the Citrus Classic's new home at LEGOLAND, which opened in October.  Hundreds of participants are expected to take part in one of two events planned for the Classic: a 5K run and a 3-mile walk.

Belly off Bartow Weight Loss Challenge

Belly off Bartow Weight Loss Challenge

Bartow, FL -- Start the new year off with some incentive to lose that holiday weight!  The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce is putting on a 12-week weight loss competition that will begin Jan. 11.

Teams will consist of five individuals - adults and youth are welcome to participate. Contestants are not required to live in Bartow.

Polk County Health Dept. to close for holidays

Polk County Health Dept. to close for holidays

Bartow, FL -- The Polk County Health Department will be closed from Dec. 23 - 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

All centers will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Health Officials say normal holiday closure would have been Dec. 26 only.

However, they say a directive from Governor Rick Scott issued today extended the holiday time off to include the Friday before Christmas also.

Fifth case of rabies reported in Polk

Fifth case of rabies reported in Polk

Davenport, FL -- On Nov. 22, the residents at 758 Delancey Dr. in Davenport found a bat in their home, according to the sheriff's office.

PCSO Animal Control officers impounded the bat and lab results today confirmed it was positive for rabies.

The five people living in the home have been notified and will seek the appropriate medical treatment.

The Polk County Sheriff's Animal Control Section says this is the fifth positive rabies case this year.

Bartow Citrus execs say OJ evokes good feelings, memories

Bartow Citrus execs say OJ evokes good feelings, memories

Bartow, FL --The Florida Department of Citrus in Bartow has just released the findings of a new study that suggests orange juice isn't just good for the body, but good for the soul too!

New research from the Florida Department of Citrus found drinking orange juice actually made participants feel positive, carefree and rejuvenated.

"Through a patented research process designed to reveal unconscious emotions, consumers shared their thoughts and feelings about orange juice and its role in their lives," said the study.

Warning: Protect trick-or-treaters - from 'skeeters!

Warning: Protect trick-or-treaters - from 'skeeters!

Bartow, FL -- The Polk County Health Department is encouraging all adults to protect their trick-or-treaters from mosquitoes this Halloween by taking some basic precautions.

Mosquitoes are usually most active during dusk and dawn.

However, recent heavy rainfalls in our area have caused an unusual increase in mosquito activity during the daytime, say health officials.

If you have to be outdoors, they recommend taking the following steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:

Pill drop off during Drug Take Back Day

Pill drop off during Drug Take Back Day

Lakeland, FL -- The Lakeland Police and other local agencies are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration by holding a "Drug Take Back Day".

Drug Take Back Day is for citizens that would like to discard unwanted human or pet medication they may have accumulated in the back of their medicine cabinet or cupboards.