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Cooking Safety and Fire Prevention Go Hand-in-Hand

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires, with nearly half of all home fires involving cooking equipment; cooking is also the leading cause of home fire... — Updated 10/2/2023

 By Jeff Foley    Ridge Life

Medically Vulnerable Residents to Gain Easier Access to Healthcare

Polk County's medically vulnerable residents will find healthcare more accessible beginning October 1 after the Citizens Healthcare Oversight Committee approved relaxing income... — Updated 9/30/2023

 By Jeff Foley    Ridge Life

Polk County Seeks Stakeholders for Opioid Abatement Effort

Polk County's Health and Human Services Division is hosting "Shaping the Future of Opioid Abatement in Polk County" in collaboration with Polk Vision and the Crescendo Consulting... — Updated 8/18/2023


Polk County Seeking Non-Profit Partners to Address Indigent Health Care

Polk County's Indigent Health Care program has issued a Request For Applications (RFA) to healthcare-related, non-profit organizations who are interested in receiving Community Part... — Updated 8/12/2023


Maintaining Fitness in Senior Years Achievable Goal

(NAPSI)-One of the greatest joys-but potentially biggest challenges-for many grandparents is time spent with the grandkids. Whether yours are toddlers or teens, keeping them... — Updated 7/19/2023

 By NAPSI    Ridge Life

Avoid Stroke Risks and Identify Stroke Symptoms Fast

Like many people, you likely work hard to help keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. To help, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) reminds... — Updated 5/12/2023

 By NAPSI    Ridge Life

Eye Care Essential for All Adults

Eye disease affects more than your ability to see the world clearly. People with impaired vision face an increased risk of falls, fractures, injuries, depression, anxiety,... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By Jeff Foley    Ridge Life

Polk HealthCare Plan May Be an Option if Medicaid Coverage Ends

Some low-income Polk County residents may soon find themselves at a healthcare coverage crossroad due to Medicaid changes, and the Polk HealthCare Plan may be able to help those... — Updated 4/21/2023


National Nutrition Month Spotlights Oral Health

(NAPSI)-Oral health is linked to whole-body health, which means that not caring for teeth and gums can contribute to other health issues such as heart disease, stroke, and more. To... — Updated 3/7/2023


New Year, New You: Making Resolutions You Can Keep For A Healthy 2023

Many people celebrate the promise and new beginnings of the New Year by making resolutions-often focused on health goals like losing weight, eating healthier, and working out.... — Updated 2/7/2023


Quit Smoking in 2023, With Help From Your Friends

(NAPSI)-The ball, the confetti and the 2022 wall calendars have all come down, and our attention turns to the annual tradition of making New Year's resolutions. This can include... — Updated 1/15/2023


AdventHealth Lake Wales Receives "A" Grade from Leapfrog

AdventHealth Lake Wales has received an "A" in patient safety from the prestigious Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog group that delivers grades based on quality... — Updated 12/9/2022

 By NAPSI    Ridge Life

Three Ways A Medicare Advantage Fitness Plan Could Help Reduce Your Health Risks

(NAPSI)-Have you heard the saying, "Movement is medicine?" Countless studies have shown that physical activity can help reduce the risks of serious health conditions, such as heart... — Updated 11/12/2022


Cancer Patients Benefit From "Cleaning for a Reason"

As Breast Cancer Awareness month is observed in October it draws attention to a treatable disease that remains one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. Facing a... — Updated 10/4/2022


Answering Parents' Most Common Questions About COVID Vaccines For Kids

(NAPSI)-A dedicated group of moms has deployed across the country to help families with children of all ages figure out how to make important decisions around mitigating the risk... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Amber Smith    Ridge Life

AdventHealth Lake Wales Achieves Leapfrog Grade "B" in Patient Safety

AdventHealth Lake Wales has achieved a "B" patient safety grade by the prestigious Leapfrog Group. The safety grade is awarded based on a hospital's performance in preventing medica... — Updated 5/15/2022


Lake Wales Podiatrist Offers Focused Diabetes Care

Lake Wales area residents dealing with foot ailments due to the effects of diabetes should know that it is a serious health problem that demands treatment, according to Dr. Prerna... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By NAPS    Ridge Life

Bone Marrow Gives the Gift of Life

Being a hero and helping repair the world may be easier than many people realize. How? Become a blood stem cell or marrow donor, volunteer or a supporter. Every three minutes,... — Updated 3/23/2022

 By Joy Johnson    Ridge Life

Polk Healthcare Plan Now Includes Behavioral Health Coverage

Behavioral health services are easier to access for Polk HealthCare Plan members seeking treatment now that it is a covered benefit. The addition, which was approved by the... — Updated 3/10/2022


Paralysis Research Shows Promise

For decades, medical researchers struggled to solve the mystery of how to reverse paralysis caused by serious spinal cord injuries. Finally, hope appears to be at hand. Five years... — Updated 12/23/2021


A Change of Heart on Vaccines

Stephanie Bramlett of Winder, Georgia, is one of many in the Southeast region who has experienced the effects of COVID-19 firsthand. Earlier this year, when the entrepreneur and mot... — Updated 10/27/2021

 By Erica Smith    Ridge Life

Healthcare Heroes Receive Complimentary Admission During October at Bok Tower Gardens

Fueled by the generosity of Wawa, Healthcare Heroes can enjoy the healing power of nature with complimentary admission for themselves and a guest at Bok Tower Gardens from October 1-31. This offer is being extended in gratitude... — Updated 9/30/2021


Dental Sealants Can Cut Kids' Cavity Risk 80 Percent

(NAPSI)-Parents can help their children practically eliminate their chance of getting cavities, often at no cost-yet they don't. Here's a closer look at this conundrum: Be Smart... — Updated 9/24/2021

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Thinking of Retiring? Think About Your Health Care Options

(NAPSI)-More Americans may be looking to retire before age 65, according to several studies. However, they need to understand their financial needs, both long term and before age... — Updated 9/16/2021


Polk County Fire Rescue Earns National Recognition Improved Responses to STEMI Heart Attacks

Polk County Fire Rescue has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures to... — Updated 9/12/2021


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