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Treasure Coast Hospice Offers Guidance for Coping with the Holidays Interactive Workshop Scheduled for December 12

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Stuart – The holidays often present a special challenge for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Drawing on its experience of helping people through the grief process, Treasure Coast Hospice will hold an interactive Coping with the Holidays workshop for the community on Thursday, December 12, 3 p.m., at the Thomas Counseling Center, 5000 Dunn Road, Ft. Pierce. 

Workshop participants will gain insight and greater understanding about the grieving process, discover steps for surviving the holidays and learn how to find new meaning for the season. 

“The holidays may present challenges for some, but we work to help you identify some coping mechanisms," said Jacki Nardone, Director of Grief Support and Pediatric Services. “Our workshop highlights the importance of caring for yourself while providing those who are grieving with tangible ways to find comfort in fond memories and renewed meaning in the season.”

The holiday season is often filled with special traditions that give life meaning and comfort.  Coping with the Holidays will offer participants an opportunity to reflect and discuss rituals that are important to carry on as well as how new traditions can help bring comfort and even honor or remember loved ones who have died.

All members of the community are invited to attend the Coping with the Holidays workshop.  To register, please call 772-403-4530.

For more information about the workshop or Treasure Coast Hospice’s Grief Support programs, visit www.treasurehealth.org.

DOH Reminds Residents to Avoid Contact Withe Stray Pets & Wildlife

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Martin County – A bat found in the northeast section of Stuart has tested positive for rabies. All residents and visitors should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population.

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after exposure, will protect the person from the disease.

Take precautions and avoid being bitten:

• Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.

• Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.

• Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.

• Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.

• Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Martin County Animal Control at 772-463-3211.

• Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets.

• Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Martin County at 772-221-4000, option # 6.


Helping Veterans Combat Addiction

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Article by: U. S. Congressman Brian Mast
The destruction and pain caused by the opioid crisis can shatter lives and devastate communities. Sadly, veterans are more likely to suffer from addiction or overdose than others in our community.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for shielding veterans from this epidemic, there’s absolutely more that can be done to solve the opioid crisis. That’s why I’m cosponsoring the VA Directly Returning Opioid Prescriptions Act to ensure veterans have a secure and accessible place to dispose of unused prescription medications.

We need to do more to help those who served and this bill will assist efforts to combat this crisis at every turn.

The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

19 Nov Turkey Dinner

Article by: Lisa Fabian

As strange as it seems now, it’s thought that venison, ducks, and geese were served at the first Thanksgiving. These days, though, turkey is the meat of choice.
How can you make sure your bird is moist, delicious, and worry-free? Follow these tips.
Cooking The Perfect Bird
Plan Your Pounds
You’ll need about one pound of turkey per guest. Add up how many pounds you need for your guest list—and then tack on an extra few pounds if you love leftovers!
Contain Leaks
If you buy a fresh (not frozen) bird, store it in the fridge on a tray that can collect any leaking juices.
Thaw Safely
If you buy a frozen turkey, keep it in its original packaging and thaw it in the fridge. It usually takes 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds of bird. You can also thaw the turkey in its wrapper submerged in cold water in a clean sink, advises the Mayo Clinic. For this method, plan for a half-hour per pound, and change the water every 30 minutes.
Get The Right Temperature
It takes about four-and-a-half hours to roast a 20-pound turkey at 325°. Use a food thermometer to check for a minimum internal temperature of 165°.
Butter The Skin
Brush the turkey skin with melted butter or oil before roasting. This adds flavor and helps with browning.
Baste With Care
If you decide to baste, do so only up until the last hour of roast time, otherwise crisp skin can turn soft.

Foundation and Public Health Team to Prevent Sudden Youth Cardiac Arrest

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Many people die each year from various heart conditions and in some cases never display symptoms. between the ages of 5 to 20. Over 600 individuals registered, and the screening consisted of a heart physical, blood pressure check, and EKG (electrocardiogram) and an Echocardiogram (if required) as Today, the Jessica Clinton Foundation hosted its 9th Annual Know Your Heart Screening event, free to any child or student determined by a pediatric cardiologist. All services were provided on-site with the assistance of over 60 plus medical volunteers from as far south as Miami-Dade County.

The Jessica Clinton Foundatio’s single focus is preventing sudden cardiac arrest in children and young athletes. Jessica died at her school following a cheerleading practice in 2003. She had a severe, undiagnosed heart condition. Her condition was not detected in routine physicals during her time as a cheerleader and her school did not have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on site.

Jessica’s parents promised to keep her memory forever alive, and to prevent similar tragedies from occurring by holding Know Your Heart Screenings and advocating for AEDs at all schools and parks.

The event was held at the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County located at 5150 NW Milner Drive, in Port St. Lucie, FL from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.


What Pumpkins and Flu Season Have in Common

19 Oct Flu Vaccine

It’s that time of year again: back-to-school events, football games, cooler weather, pumpkins in stock at the grocery store and . . . the beginning of flu season. That’s right. Think of those pumpkins as the “orange flags” of the season and reminders to get your vaccine before Thanksgiving!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommends a Flu Shot or Nasal Spray “before” Thanksgiving.
Flu shots and nasal sprays are vaccines that protect you against the flu—several types are available this year, ask your health care provider which one is best for you. These vaccines are safe, and everyone six months and older, including pregnant women, should be vaccinated.
For over 50 years, hundreds of millions of flu vaccines have been given to Americans. Every year, these vaccines have prevented millions of illnesses, tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths.
How well a flu vaccine protects you changes from year to year and that’s because the flu virus changes every year—different flu, different vaccine. Some years, the vaccine works better than other years, but every year your flu vaccine does three important things: it can protect you from getting sick with the flu; you’ll feel less sick if you do get the flu; and finally, after you are vaccinated, you are protecting other people who are around you, especially babies, young children, older people and people with health issues.

Some People Have a Higher Chance of Health Problems from the Flu:
Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2.
People 65 and older.
People with asthma, heart disease, lung disease, and neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions.
People with blood, kidney, liver, endocrine and metabolic disorders, including diabetes.
People who have weak immune systems because of a disease or medications.
Pregnant women and women during the first two weeks after giving birth.
People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

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Greek Avocado Toast


2 ripe avocados
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 garlic clove, crushed
Pinch crushed red pepper (chili) flakes
Few dill sprigs, chopped, plus extra for garnish
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 slices crusty bread
1/4 cucumber, diced
8 cherry or baby plum tomatoes, quartered or chopped
8 black olives, pitted and chopped
1 tsp capers, chopped
3 oz feta cheese, crumbled
Fruity green olive oil, for drizzling


Cut avocados in half, remove stones, and scoop out flesh into a bowl. Mash coarsely with lemon juice, garlic, red pepper (chili) flakes, and dill. Season with salt and pepper.
Lightly toast bread and spread mashed avocado over it, right up to edges.
Mix cucumber, tomatoes, olives, and capers together in a bowl and use to cover avocado toasts. Crumble feta over top and drizzle with oil. Serve immediately.


This is a Greek twist on the classic avocado toast breakfast with salty feta, tomatoes, olives, lemon juice, and—of course—olive oil. Add lemon juice (or some lime juice, if preferred) to the avocado to prevent it from discoloring. For variations, use mint, cilantro, or parsley instead of dill. Add some diced red or green bell pepper. Dust with paprika or cayenne pepper. Drizzle with hot sauce or sweet chili sauce.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 cup Smart Balance Omega Plus Butter, softened
1 cup Smart Balance Peanut Butter
1 ½ cups pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips


Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together except chocolate chips.
Fold in chocolate chips
Grease cookie sheet
Make 1 inch size balls and space 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheet
Place cookie sheet in freezer for 15-20 minutes or until cookie dough is firmly frozen.
Bake cookies for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.


Freeze dough, so they do not flatten out while baking. Using maple syrup as a sugar substitute will make the dough more runny then regular cookie dough.

Apple Cake


4 cups apples - peeled, cored and diced
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup canola oil*
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour one 9 by 13 cake pan or tube pan.
Beat oil and eggs together until frothy on top. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat well.
Sift flour salt, baking soda and cinnamon into a bowl.
Slowly add flour mixture to egg mixture. Continue mixing gently until combined.
Fold in diced apples.
Spread batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until cake tests done.
Cool cake on wire rack. Serve with a dusting of confectioners' sugar.


*Substitute 1/4 cup oil with 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce to reduce calories and total fat.

Butternut Squash Bread


3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup peeled, seeded, and diced butternut or acorn squash (about 5 oz)
or 1/2 can canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup garbanzo bean flour
2 Tbsp sorghum flour
1 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
1 tsp unflavored gelatin*
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 tsp fine salt
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 cup small-curd cottage cheese


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch loaf pan with vegetable oil spray.

Place walnuts on a baking sheet and toast them for 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned. Set aside.

Cover squash with salted water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to medium and boil squash, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until very tender. Drain squash, shaking it in a colander to rid it of as much water as possible. Puree it in a food processor fitted with the steel blade or in a blender. Measure out 1/2 cup of puree and reserve remainder for another use.

Combine tapioca flour, cornstarch, garbanzo bean flour, sorghum flour, baking powder, gelatin, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt in a large, deep bowl and whisk well.

Combine butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat at low speed to combine. Raise speed to high and beat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. Add egg, cottage cheese, and squash. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Add dry ingredients at low speed and beat for 2 minutes. Stir in walnuts.

Scrape dough into prepared pan and smooth top with a rubber spatula dipped in water. Bake bread for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Check bread after 30 minutes and cover it loosely with aluminum foil if it’s getting too brown. Place pan on a cooling rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Turn bread out of pan and serve.


The bread can be served hot or at room temperature. Once cool, keep it refrigerated, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 2 days.


Martin County - In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Important advances have been made through increased awareness, breast cancer screenings and better treatments.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, no matter a person’s race or ethnicity. The American Cancer Society estimates 19,130 new cases are expected in Florida this year alone. In 2018, 2,955 women in Florida and 23 women in Martin County died from Female Breast Cancer.

What should women do? Make “No excuses, ladies.” Women should talk to their health care provider about their individual risk factors and the frequency of receiving mammograms, as well as complete any recommended mammogram screenings. Additionally, women can lower their risk as follows:

• Get and stay at a healthy weight • Be physically active • Limit or avoid alcohol • Choose to breast-feed • Quit smoking and or vaping
The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FBCCEDP) provides access to the breast and cervical cancer screenings doctors recommend. The screenings are free or low cost for those who meet the program eligibility requirements.
Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
To see if you qualify, call 1-954-762-3649. Additional information is available here: http://martin.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/clinical-and-nutrition-services/floridabreast-cervical-cancer/index.html

About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @GoHealthyMartin and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.MartinCountyHealth.com

How to Improve Home Safety for Older Adults

It is no surprise that most older adults would prefer to age in their home – the place in which they are most comfortable. In fact, 90 percent of adults over age 65 report that they’d prefer to age in place. Other studies support this notion too. A recent survey of 1,000 North American adults, ages 55-75, found that nearly four out of five (78 percent) respondents wish to remain at home simply because their current home and community is where they are happy and comfortable.
While 54 percent of seniors say they would be heartbroken if they could no longer live at home, the reality is that most homes will need some sort of modification or home safety device installed to ensure the environment is conducive to successfully aging in place. However, only 64 percent of those wishing to remain in their current home have thought about age-friendly modifications they will need to make.
"Boomers will see their mom and dad struggle, and the situation brings to light that the home is not always a friendly place to age," explained Dan Bawden, who founded the national Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) program for the National Association of Home Builders in 2001. The program trains contractors, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other medical providers how to remodel homes for older adults. "So, the sooner you have the talk, the better. It's good to let loved ones know you're thinking about them and have a plan in place. It's much like having a will. It's a blessing to families."
The effects of aging and chronic conditions can put an older adult at a higher risk for falls and accidents in the home. On an annual basis, 1 in 4 older adults experience a fall and every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the ER for falls.
Physical, behavioral and environmental factors can put an older adult at higher risk of a fall. The good news is that preventative measures can be taken to better safeguard a senior’s physical and behavioral health, as well as physical environment.

When it comes to modifying an older adult’s physical environment or home, to protect from fall hazards, some older adults will be resistant.
5 Reasons Older Adults Resist Home Modifications:

Fierce independence: As people age, they may not want to admit or accept that they need assistance.
Aesthetic appeal: Some older adults may not want home modifications to impact the look and aesthetics of their home.
Fear of asking for help: It’s common for older adults to fear asking for help because they believe it indicates that they can’t handle living on their own. They may also believe asking for help will lead to an expedited move to a nursing home or assisted living placement.
Emotional connection: There may be an emotional connection to hazardous items like throw rugs.
Cognitive impairment: Aging adults may not be cognizant of common hazards in the home or may forget to report accidents like falls or a small kitchen fire.

IT’S TIME TO “SHOO THE FLU”! The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine

Martin County - The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is reminding everyone to get their flu shot before the height of the upcoming flu season. Flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. The best way to avoid the flu this season is to get the flu vaccine soon.

“The flu vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent the flu.” said Carolann Vitani, Interim Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Martin County. “You should also take actions to stop the spread of germs, such as washing your hands often, covering your cough and sneeze and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.”
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. It can take up to two weeks after vaccination to develop protection against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccine every year as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications. There are many different flu vaccine options this season, which include high dose and adjuvanted vaccine for adults aged 65 years and older.
CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine every year because flu viruses evolve quickly, and last year’s vaccine may not protect against the current year’s flu strain. Even if the flu vaccine does not fully protect against the flu, it may reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications.
Getting vaccinated if you are healthy helps to protect our most vulnerable populations. People at higher risk for flu-related complications include children less than 5, adults over the age of 65, people with compromised immune systems, pregnant women and people who have existing medical conditions, such as asthma and obesity.
The flu vaccine is readily available throughout Martin County including private doctor offices, pharmacies and grocery stores. The Florida Department of Health in Martin County offers free flu shots for uninsured or underinsured adults and children. To schedule an appointment, call 772-221-4000 and pressing option 3.

Hello there beautiful!
With the holidays right around the corner & the launch of my "Holiday Survival Program," a nutrition~focused coaching program designed to not only ward off the holiday weight gain but also provide you with tools to enjoy a healthy & peaceful holiday season all while still having lots of fun, I knew I needed to share these healthy food swaps. Every holiday season when I work at the hospital, I take care of patients who have gone overboard with eating, drinking, & stress. I urge you to take care of yourself this holiday season & finish 2019 happy & healthy.

Eat the KIND fruit & nut bars or RX bars, skip the candy bar. If you absolutely must have the candy bar, go for the mini.

Eat pistachios, skip the salty potato chips. Another healthier option other than potato chips would be the Skinny Pop Corn.

Eat overnight apple cinnamon oats or Vegan Pecan Pie Overnight Oats, skip the apple or pecan pie.

Eat home~made cranberry sauce with a lower glycemic sugar choice such as grade B maple syrup, skip the canned cranberry.

The list goes on & on when it comes to healthy holiday swaps. If you're like me (& the most of us), you're going to want to indulge in your favorite foods and that is ok. I encourage you to do that & enjoy every moment of it. Keep in mind that it's possible to eat your favorites in moderation & also choose nutritionally dense foods so you give your body what it really needs.

If you are wanting to complete 2019 strong, happy, & healthy but know you need the tools & support system to do so, I would love to explore how I can support you with that. Simply text "2019 STRONG" to 217-474-0646.

FroYo Is Your Enemy, Not Your Friend — OK?

Article by: Molly Longman
When Kristen Bell’s character on The Good Place dies and ends up somewhere akin to heaven, there’s frozen yogurt everywhere, with flavors galore. But dietitians don't believe the tasty treat is heaven-sent. Although many people believe FroYo is a more nutritious alternative to ice cream because there’s less fat and fewer calories, that’s not the whole story, according to Brigitte Zeitlin, registered dietitian and owner of BZ Nutrition.
“It’s low in calories because the manufacturers are removing the fat, but to make up for taste, they’re adding artificial sweeteners, sodium, and other additives,” Zeitlin says. “Reading the exact ingredient list for any of the brands will tell you exactly what they have added in to make up for flavor that is lost by removing fat.”

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