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The Tobacco Free Partnership of DeSoto County and the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco such as chew and dip during Through With Chew Week, which runs Feb. 19-25, with the Great American Spit Out—a day whe…

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Well, hello there! Glad we’re together again, working on the all important foundation of life ... your health! Let’s hope that “Third time’s the charm” is true today. I had something else planned, but it’s clear I need to take another pass at the importance of and the “how” of hydration. Thi…

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The DeSoto County Guardian ad Litem Program is court appointed to represent abused/neglected/abandoned children, advocating for their best interests. There are slightly under 100 children in the court system that local donors ensured had an exciting Christmas morning: Arcadia Moose Lodge 132…

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The Tobacco Free Partnership of DeSoto County and the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco such as chew and dip during Through With Chew Week, which runs Feb. 19-25, with the Great American Spit Out—a day whe…

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If given the choice, wouldn’t we all opt for what could be waiting behind curtain number one—the “full of vitality, healthy as a horse, then died in our sleep” track? The thing is, we are given that choice countless times over a lifetime; but sadly too often we are unaware of that fact, or w…

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In 1954, Kitty Kallen, who lived to be 94, recorded her big hit song, “Little Things Mean a Lot.” Of course she was singing about remembering birthdays, bringing flowers and a hand on a shoulder. But when we think of good health, little things mean a lot too.

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As we get older, issues of independence often revolve around mobility. Getting from A to B isn’t so easy anymore. And then the dreaded question — should you really be driving a vehicle weighing a ton or more if you have physical impairments that may affect your driving abilities? Cycling may…

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Well, hello there! Glad we’re together again, working on the all important foundation of life ... your health! Let’s hope that “Third time’s the charm” is true today. I had something else planned, but it’s clear I need to take another pass at the importance of and the “how” of hydration. Thi…

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Welcome back! I acknowledge and appreciate so much the generosity of spirit of those who reached out to thank me, and in some instances gave me their copy of the first “Tiny Changes” column. I’m pleased it helped.

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The DeSoto County Guardian ad Litem Program is court appointed to represent abused/neglected/abandoned children, advocating for their best interests. There are slightly under 100 children in the court system that local donors ensured had an exciting Christmas morning: Arcadia Moose Lodge 132…

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Here we go! It’s 2019! We’ve had a little over a week of head-shaking disbelief. Are you kidding me? Where did 2018 go? How did I get here? How did I get this old? Or maybe even, how did I get this fat or immobile or stressed?

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As we enter a new year, numerous athletic competitions will be held across the Heartland. Many are made possible by the generous support of sponsors. That is the case for the Heartland Senior Games, now in its third decade. Thanks to the financial assistance of many local sponsors, entry fee…

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Patty Walker is organizing the first Ride for Tiny Town, a benefit to help DeSoto County’s homeless. The Feb. 9 ride starting at Mosaic Arena will cover three distances and proceeds from riders and sponsors will be used to build the Village of Tiny Town that advocates envision off Magnolia i…

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The Heartland Senior Games are fast aproaching and the event coordinators are eager to get started. The registration cutoff for golf euchre, shuffleboard, table tennis, horseshoes and pickleball is Jan. 18.

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This is the first of a series of informational articles designed to educate the public about disaster preparedness and other aspects of emergency management, as well as to guide you through building an all-hazards disaster kit for your family. Future articles will discuss the different hazar…

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly 1 in 5 children are obese, and in Florida that ratio is even higher, with 1 in 4 kids facing obesity. To help battle rising obesity rates, national health leaders are partnering up to teach children how to properly prepare healthy hom…

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January is Move Over month and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges all motorists to move over for emergency and service vehicles stopped along the roadway.

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