How much you eat alters more than your waistline. It also affects your body’s organs, starting with your pancreas. With each bite, your pancreas must release enough digestive juices and hormones for you to Read more
JACKSONVILLE, FL – TEDxFSCJ will host a salon exploring how race and gender intersect along the path to elected political office. The TEDxFSCJ salon, “Lift as We Climb: Women, Race & Politics,” Read more
Fernandina Beach, FL – Enticing young people to better express their creativity and talents, the Amelia Island Book Festival and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County have teamed up to put on the Tween/Teens Scene, an event featuring four renowned authors, all in one location, covering four areas of the creative arts—poetry, graphics and illustration, fiction novels and playwriting. Read more
Fernandina Beach, FL – Anne Akiko Meyers, one of the world’s most celebrated violinists, will perform works of Beethoven, Debussy, Piazolla, Bernstein and others at a very special concert on February 17 as part of the sixteenth season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Read more
Cuddles, kisses, and caring conversations. These are key ingredients of our close relationships. Scientists are finding that our links to others can have powerful effects on our health. Read more
Fernandina Beach, FL – The acclaimed Dover Quartet, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s quartet-in-residence, will perform works of Mozart, Smetana and Britten at a concert on February 8 as part of the Festival’s sixteenth season. Read more
Take Stock in Children moves into the New Year with a major scholarship drive underway and has moved its annual dinner from the Fall/Winter holiday season to early March. Read more
Coastal Cottage, Amelia Island’s new home furnishings, gifts and framing store, which is located in the Publix Shopping Center next to Staples, opened on November 22 once final inspections were completed that morning. Obviously, that was a sad date for the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department as well as the entire county.
The store has a horse mascot and had held a contest to name the horse that ran through the end of November. The winning entry, submitted by Melody Dawkins, was selected; and the nearly life-sized teak driftwood horse was named Oliver, in memory of Deputy Eric Oliver.
On the night of the store’s grand opening in mid-December, the name was announced and a donation from the employees of Coastal Cottage was made to Deputy Oliver’s trust fund for his young daughter.
Sheriff Bill Leeper offered comments about Deputy Oliver and Deputy Oliver’s father, Doug Oliver, was in attendance for the naming of the horse at the ribbon cutting. Pictured with Oliver is Sheriff Bill Leeper.
Coastal Cottage is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 6:00 and the owners, Regan and Dan Westra, welcome you to come browse the store!
You may have seen the flowing postures and gentle movements of tai chi and wondered what it’s all about. Tai chi is an ancient mind and body practice. While more research is needed, studies suggest that it may have many health benefits.
Tai chi is sometimes referred to as “moving meditation.” There are many types of tai chi. They typically combine slow movements with breathing patterns and mental focus and relaxation. Movements may be done while walking, standing, or sitting.
“At its root, tai chi is about treating the whole person and enhancing the balance and crosstalk between the body’s systems,” says Dr. Peter Wayne, a longtime tai chi researcher at Harvard Medical School. “It’s a promising intervention for preserving and improving many areas of health, especially in older adults.”
Several studies have found evidence that tai chi can increase balance and stability in older people and reduce the risk and fear of falls. Each year, more than 1 in 4 older adults falls, and 1 out of 5 of these falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
“Trying to be careful can make you more prone to falls,” Wayne says. “Tai chi may help you move more confidently and safely again.” Some NIH-funded research suggests that tai chi may also improve balance and prevent falls in people with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease.
Research suggests that practicing tai chi might help improve posture and confidence, how you think and manage emotions, and your quality of life. Studies have found that it may help people with fibromyalgia sleep better and cope with pain, fatigue, and depression. Regular practice may also improve quality of life and mood in people with chronic heart failure or cancer. Older adults may find that tai chi can help improve sleep quality and protect learning, memory, and other mental functions.
Further study will be needed to fully evaluate and confirm the potential benefits of tai chi. But since the practice involves moving slowly and mindfully, there’s little chance of harm when done correctly.
“Whether you’re interested in trying tai chi to help with a chronic health issue or the stresses of everyday life, tai chi—if taught properly—can be a great complement to other ways of healthy living and rehabilitation,” Wayne says. “I think we’re all looking for tools to help us live productive, long lives with a little more grace and ease.”
There are different styles and ways to practice tai chi, Wayne says. If you’re interested in trying it, you can start simply. For instance, try standing behind and holding onto a sturdy chair for support, then mindfully rock back and forth to build awareness of all the parts of your body and their connections. Eventually, you might move on to practice more complex movements or sequences.
Want to learn more? Read the Wise Choices box to consider whether tai chi might be right for you. And watch NIH’s online tai chi videos at nccih.nih.gov/video/taichidvd-full.
This article is brought to you by NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D., Managing Editor: Vicki Contie, Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Tianna Hicklin, Anita Ramanathan, and Bonnie Tabasko.
Valerie Eldridge, Program Manager for Healthy Start, recently gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. She explained that Healthy Start is a voluntary educational and support program serving pregnant women and families with children under age three.
Help includes parenting education, childbirth classes, breastfeeding support, smoking cessation, developmental screenings, case management, and discounted car seats.
Healthy Start also has a teen program that offers classes for youth ages 12-18 to learn about reproductive health, birth control options, prevention of HIV and STDs. The class also focuses on communication skills, problems solving and goal setting.
Valerie’s office number is 904-530-6753.
The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently welcomed two new members. Pictured above from left to right are their sponsor, Bruce Heggenstaller, new Rotarians Pete and Carol Stevenson along with club president Stan Fishburn.
Pete is a retired senior engineer who was with IBM and Carol is a retired banker.
Rotary is an international service organization with over 34,000 clubs world-wide.
The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets at 7:30 in the morning on Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.
The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise presented a check for $30,500 to the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL). Read more
Jacksonville, FL – Chef Kenny Gilbert and his wife and business partner, Anna, are expanding their footprint in the Jacksonville area and bringing a touch of their Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen (GUK) with them, with the opening of Gilbert’s Social Read more
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) launched the new public website, fscj.edu. The new site was designed with current and prospective students in mind, providing them with a more streamlined and user-friendly experience. Read more
Lee Moon, Athletic Director of the University of North Florida, recently gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. Read more
Eugenia Ngo-Seidel and Emily Cason with the Florida Department of Health Nassau recently gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise on their programs in Nassau County. Read more