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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Announces Baptist Medical Center-Nassau as Presenting Sponsor

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(Pictured, L to R)
John Scherer, Sponsorship Director, 2017 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
Ed Hubel, President-Baptist Medical Center-Nassau
Warren Harrison, Chairman, 2017 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

AMELIA ISLAND, FL – The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Committee is pleased to announce that Baptist Medical Center-Nassau is the “Presenting Sponsor” of the 54th annual festival being held May 5 -7, 2017, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Continue reading

Writing and Selling the Op Ed Piece at Writers By the Sea

Writers by the Sea’s monthly presentation on January 19, 2017, will be Writing and Selling the Op Ed Piece.

Keep it relevant: Writing and selling the Op Ed Piece
At our Writers by the Sea January meeting, not one but two dynamic speakers will help fill-in the blanks for writers who desire to submit Op Ed pieces. Between the two of them, David N. Scott and Bill Pennington have over 70 years of professional writing experience. Continue reading

Vaccinating the Future, TEDxFSCJ

TEDxFSCJ Announces Upcoming Salon: Vaccinating the Future

TEDxFSCJ will host a salon exploring the critical role vaccines play in promoting public health.

Recent advances in vaccine research have laid the groundwork for addressing many of the key public health issues of the 21st century. Yet vaccines have also proved a source of popular misunderstanding, and ever-new outbreaks of infectious disease challenge researchers and practitioners alike to keep pace with a globally interconnected health environment.

The evening includes a panel discussion with Dr. Keith Knutson, a leading cancer researcher at the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Pauline Rolle, the medical director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County. Co-hosted by Florida State College at Jacksonville professors Dr. Dianne Fair and Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay, the salon will provide insight into how a vaccine is brought to market, how vaccines are tested for safety, the challenges of getting vaccines to the public and new hope for using vaccines to fight cancer.

Join the conversation with cutting-edge researchers and dedicated public health workers committed to growing healthy communities.

For more information, visit http://www.tedxfscj.com/.

WHEN: Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville Deerwood Center-Performance Theatre, Room G-1709
9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Two New Support Groups Offered FREE To Local Residents

Are you or someone you know in need of support to be successful in your recovery? Have you or someone you know recently lost a loved one and in need of comfort and support? Not sure where to turn or how to get help?

Beginning January 23, Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) will be offering two new support groups for community members.

“Relapse Prevention” is a FREE support group being offered to individuals in recovery from any type of addiction. The group’s goal is to harbor a safe, confidential environment where one can gain support and skills to be successful in recovery and provide networking opportunities for continued future support.

“Living With Loss” is a FREE support group offered to anyone who has lost a loved one and needs a safe place for comfort and support. The group is designed to assist participants with healing methods, self-awareness exercises and give a sense of connectedness to others.

For more information, please contact Kerrie Albert, NACDAC Director of Prevention Services at (904) 277-3699 or email kerriealbert@nacdac.com.

Friends of the Library Offers FREE Presentation on Community Hospice

Friends of the Library is offering a FREE presentation led by Maureen Paschke, a specialist in social gerontology, who will inform participants about Community Hospice and its services for patient care and family needs.

Ms. Paschke is an expert in the non-medical aspects of aging and has led bereavement support groups for those who find themselves alone. Participants will also learn about palliative care and what that means for patients and their loved ones.

This FREE program is brought to the community by the Education Committee of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library. It will be held in the Fernandina Beach Library’s Meeting Room at 24 North 4th Street, on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. Registration is not required.

For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.

Community Emergency Response Team Classes Begin Soon

Nassau County Emergency Management has scheduled its next academy for Community Emergency Response Team.

CERT is a 9 week program which meets 1 evening a week, for 3 hours. It is scheduled to start Monday, January 9, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. and continue each Monday for the next 9 weeks.

Topics will include:
CERT Organization Disaster Preparedness Fire Safety
Disaster Medical Operations Search & Rescue
Disaster Psychology Terrorism and CERT

Interested in attending the CERT training academy here in Nassau County?
Please contact:
Mike Efferson,
Emergency Management Volunteer Coordinator
Office: (904) 253‐9767
Email: mlefferson@nassauso.com

Tai Chi and Your Health

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.

Friends of the Library Offers FREE Presentation on Community Hospice

Friends of the Library is offering a FREE presentation led by Maureen Paschke, a specialist in social gerontology, who will inform participants about Community Hospice and its services for patient care and family needs.

Ms. Paschke is an expert in the non-medical aspects of aging and has led bereavement support groups for those who find themselves alone. Participants will also learn about palliative care and what that means for patients and their loved ones.

This FREE program is brought to the community by the Education Committee of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library. It will be held in the Fernandina Beach Library’s Meeting Room at 24 North 4th Street, on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. You may register at the Library or call the Library at 904-277-7365.

For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.

Escape to the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Escape from the everyday routine to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Now through February 28th, 2017, guests receive a $100 Daily Resort Credit on the AMELIA BREAKAWAY PACKAGE. Relax with a signature spa service in The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Experience fine dining in our signature restaurants – COAST and SALT. Unwind with wine, cheese and a private chimenea under a star-filled sky.

The choice is yours when you book your return to Amelia Island this winter.

EXPERIENCE THE NEW LOBBY BAR AT THE RITZ-CARLTON

Join us on December 24th for the opening of Amelia Island’s next great culinary hotspot – The Lobby Bar at The Ritz-Carlton.

A curated list of small-batch spirits and custom infusions inspired by bourbon legends highlight the sophisticated Lobby Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The bar’s signature Smoked Old Fashioned and selection of handcrafted drinks underscore a relaxed, yet refined cocktail culture. Light bites – including freshly-prepared sushi and sashimi – and live entertainment make The Lobby Bar the premiere gathering spot.

Opening December 24, 2016
-Custom, house-infused bourbon blends served daily during “First Call”
-Reservations suggested for reserved seating – “Legends Table”
-Freshly-prepared sushi, sashimi and light bites
-Fireside, terrace seating offers ocean views

Holiday Mailbox Decorating

Landscape Matters is holding a class on “Holiday Mailbox Decorating, Wednesday, November 30, at 10 a.m. at the Yulee Extension Office located at 86026 Pages Dairy Road.

UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardener Carol Ann Atwood and avid holiday decorator Sylvie Baxter will conduct a Landscape Matters class on how to make your mailbox “holiday ready” using cuttings from your own yard like magnolia, spruce, pine, palmetto, pittosporum, palms, holly with berries, etc. and ornamental decor. They will decorate two mailboxes and participants will have an opportunity to win one for their own mailbox! The session takes place at the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road, beginning at 10 am.

For more information, see the Extension website at http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or contact the Extension office at 530-6350. Master Gardeners are ​on phone duty Fridays, from 10 am until 2 pm at 530-6350, press “1” for the Yulee Extension office

The Benefits of Daily Cleaning Between Teeth

You may have seen or heard news stories suggesting that you can forget about flossing, since scientists lack solid evidence that you’ll benefit from cleaning between your teeth with a sturdy string. But many dentists may beg to differ. They’ve seen the teeth and gums of people who floss regularly and those who haven’t. The differences can be striking.

“Every dentist in the country can look in someone’s mouth and tell whether or not they floss,” says Dr. Tim Iafolla, a dental health expert at NIH. Red or swollen gums that bleed easily can be a clear sign that flossing and better dental habits are needed. “Cleaning all sides of your teeth, including between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach, is a good thing,” Iafolla says.

If dentists, and maybe even your personal experience, suggest that regular flossing keeps your mouth healthy, then why the news reports? It’s because long-term, large-scale, carefully controlled studies of flossing have been somewhat limited.

Researchers have found modest benefits from flossing in small clinical studies. For instance, an analysis of 12 well-controlled studies found that flossing plus toothbrushing reduced mild gum disease, or gingivitis, significantly better than toothbrushing alone. These same studies reported that flossing plus brushing might reduce plaque after 1 or 3 months better than just brushing.

But there’s no solid evidence that flossing can prevent periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that’s the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontitis can arise if mild gum disease is left untreated. Plaque may then spread below the gum line, leading to breakdown of bone and other tissues that support your teeth. Periodontitis develops slowly over months or years. Most flossing studies to date, however, have examined only relatively short time periods.

Another research challenge is that large, real-world studies of flossing must rely on people accurately reporting their dental cleaning habits. And people tend to report what they think is the “right” answer when it comes to their health behaviors, whether flossing, exercising, smoking, or eating. That’s why well-controlled studies (where researchers closely monitor flossing or perform the flossing) tend to show that flossing is effective. But real-world studies result in weaker evidence.

“The fact that there hasn’t been a huge population-based study of flossing doesn’t mean that flossing’s not effective,” Iafolla says. “It simply suggests that large studies are difficult and expensive to conduct when you’re monitoring health behaviors of any kind.”

While the scientific evidence for flossing benefits may be somewhat lacking, there’’s little evidence for any harm or side effects from flossing, and it’s low cost. So why not consider making it part of your daily routine?

Talk to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns about your teeth or gums. If flossing is difficult, the dentist may recommend other ways to remove plaque between teeth, such as with a water flosser or interdental cleaners. “If you need help learning how to floss, or if you don’t think you’re doing it right, your dentist or hygienist will be happy to show you how,” Iafolla says. “It helps to know the proper technique.”

Article by NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Managing Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Erin Calhoun, Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Bonnie Tabasko, and Carol Torgan.

Deep Frying a Turkey – Video Revisited

Deep Frying a Turkey - Video RevisitedThis was such a popular video when posted several years ago, and because I have had so many friends ask me, “How do you deep fry a turkey?” I thought this would be a great time to re-publish the original article.

Supplies:

    -Gas heat source.
    -An oversized pot large enough to hold a 10 to 16 pound turkey.
    -Turkey frying tools (see video)
    -3 to 4 Gallons of peanut oil
    -Meat thermometer Continue reading