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Westchase PTA celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Westchase PTA celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Tampa, Florida -- Westchase Elementary's PTA is celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 22 - Oct. 26.

A different event is scheduled each day for the kids as a reminder for them to stay drug and bully free.

The PTA is still looking for volunteers to help support the events throughout the week. 

Click here to help.

Bust the Myths and REACH the Truth!

Bust the Myths and REACH the Truth!

Tampa, Florida -- Join REACH, ACTIVE MINDS and the Counseling Center as they celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 1 - 3 p.m., at the SVC Breezeway.

Stop by and test your knowledge to see how much you know about mental health, and make your very own stress ball!

For more info, go to www.usf.edu/wellness. There you can ask the dietitian questions online and access our Wellness Magazine, Student Health 101.

Health advisory issued for 2 Tampa beaches

Health advisory issued for 2 Tampa beaches

Hillsborough County, FL--  A Health Advisory has been issued for the following beaches based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the EPA:

  • Ben T. Davis Beach
  • Cypress Point Beach

This should be considered a potential risk to the bathing public.

Samples taken Monday were above threshold for enterococci bacteria. 

The beach will be re-sampled, October 8, and if re-sampling indicates that the water is within the satisfactory range, the advisory will be lifted

Health Advisory lifted for 2 Tampa beaches

Health Advisory lifted for 2 Tampa beaches

Tampa, Florida-- The Hillsborough County Health Department issued an advisory on August 29 for Davis Island Beach, and Bahia Beach.

The department announced today that follow-up testing produced satisfactory results based on the marine water bacterial indicator results as recommended by the EPA.

Department of Health's Internet Beach Water Quality website www.floridashealth.com/beachwater (To review the beach water sampling results for reporting counties, click on a county name)

Health Warning to oyster consumers and Gulf, Bay swimmers

Health Warning to oyster consumers and Gulf, Bay swimmers

Tampa, Florida-- The Hillsborough County Health Department warns Tampa Bay area residents and visitors of a potentially life threatening illness brought on by a bacteria existing in undercooked oysters and local waters.

The bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, infected two Hillsborough County residents this year, and resulted in the loss of their lives, the Health Department says in a recent release. 

They say the bacteria occurs naturally in coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and is especially common the summer months' warmer waters.

Get ready to 'DROP IT'

Get ready to 'DROP IT'

Tampa, Florida -- Are you a student at USF? Are you ready to drop the bad habits and commit to a healthy lifestyle? If you answered 'yes' to these questions, then 'Drop It' is the program for you!

'Drop It' is a comprehensive lifestyle management program comprised of trained professionals that will provide the knowledge and motivation to help you meet your personal wellness goals. 'Drop It' is a 12-week program that includes components of fitness, nutrition, and counseling.

Syphilis cases on the rise in Hillsborough County

Syphilis cases on the rise in Hillsborough County

Tampa, Florida- The Hillsborough County Health Department (HCHD) recently notified local physicians and the community that the number of cases of syphilis infections in Hillsborough County has risen nearly 65% since this time last year. 

So far this year, 126 cases of Infectious and early latent Syphilis have been reported, when during this same time period last year, 85 cases were reported, saiys HCHD in a release. 

What is Syphilis?