SEMINOLE - Even though she sells vitamins and supplements for a living, pushing products is not her priority. Her customers’ overall health is.
“I personally think that the public should know that the best vitamins sit in whole food,” said Sybille Rischmeier, certified nutrition counselor and owner of Sunshine Health Foods in Seminole. “Everything I have on the shelf, when it comes to normal vitamins, is second-best. And when they choose a vitamin, then they should go with a whole food-based vitamin. One that’s not made in the laboratory. That’s very important.”
Rischmeier said the body in essence knows the difference between vitamins and minerals that occur naturally in food and those that were produced in a lab setting.
One problem with the vitamin and supplement industry, Rischmeier said, is that it is not regulated by the FDA, so consumers must be careful about what they buy and use. Some use fillers and subpar products, and some are misleading about what they actually contain, she said. One example she uses is fish oil.
“You can buy a fish, a big old fish, and squeeze the heck out of it,” Rischmeier said. “You will get some fish oil. But how much omega do you get? This is what you’re after. You’re after the omega 3s, not the fish oil. And there are a lot of companies out there that don’t even give you the amount of omega 3.”
Pinellas County Mosquito Control confirmed positive results for St. Louis encephalitis in four sentinel chickens Wednesday, Aug. 27. Three chickens were located in Cross Bayou in the unincorporated Seminole area and one chicken was located in Lake Maggiore in St. Petersburg.
Since the beginning of the year, Pinellas County Mosquito Control has received 17 positive results for St. Louis encephalitis - nine positive results in Cross Bayou, five positive results at Walsingham Park in Seminole, two positive results in Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg and one positive result in Lake Maggiore.
Sentinel chickens serve as an early-warning detection system for some mosquito-borne diseases and can signal the fact that mosquitoes carrying the diseases are present in the area. There are eight locations in the county where chickens are kept and tested weekly.
SEMINOLE - Most food experts would agree that eating organically is the way to go. They also agree it can be expensive and that is why even the most dedicated organic supporters say that perhaps a little give and take is required if a person wants to consider themselves organic.
Mario Martinez is the Corporate Executive Chef for the Rollin’ Oats chain of healthy food restaurants. Contacted in the St. Petersburg location at 2842 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., Martinez admits that in order for his company, or any company to go completely organic would mean it would be pricing itself out of the market.
These days, more and more people are turning to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. It’s estimated that about 5 percent of Americans have ditched the meat and adopted a plant-based diet.
Some people are attracted to the health advantages, which include disease prevention - cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer are among the ailments eating veggies can help prevent - and weight loss.
Others might turn vegan for ethical reasons, such as a love of animals or concern for the environment. Growing plants uses fewer resources than raising animals for dairy and meat consumption.
CLEARWATER - If you’re not working hard, there’s no way to hide it - either from yourself or your fellow workout participants.
Just glance up at the flat-screen TVs that show each person’s heart rate in real time, along with a color that adds meaning to the numbers. Gray means very light work, blue means light work, green means moderate, orange means hard, and red means maximum.
LARGO - Group workout classes are no longer limited to jazzercise and aerobics. More and more people are realizing the importance of fitting regular exercise back into their schedules, and there are as many fitness options out there as there are personalities.
Jeff Jordan, president and owner of Bandit Fitness Equipment in Largo, bought Bandit in 1990, understands the importance of staying fit and healthy. He has sold fitness equipment through his company for all these years, but now he has expanded to a 23,000-square-foot building at 1990 S. Belcher Road and has turned it into two separate companies - Bandit is in the front where he still sells fitness equipment, and The Fitness Compound is in the back, which provides several unique workout spaces for trainers to hold group classes and personal training sessions.
LARGO - During National Rehabilitation Week, recognized Sept. 21-27, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo will celebrate Passport to Independence, highlighting effective ways to guide patients to their ultimate goal of going home.
HealthSouth hospitals provide the Passport to Independence for patients overcoming challenges after an illness or injury. Whether it’s an out of town trip or an excursion around the world, it is important for patients with disabilities and medical conditions and their families to know how to prepare for traveling. Following is a list of tips from www.travel.state.gov to help patients use their independence safely when traveling:
- Know before you go - Preparation is critical. If you don’t travel frequently, speak to someone with a similar disability who has traveled to your destination before.
LARGO - MinuteClinic, a provider of retail-based medical clinics in the United States, recently opened a new walk-in clinic inside the CVS/pharmacy store at 8905 Bryan Dairy Road.
It is the sixth location in Pinellas County. The clinic is open seven days a week, including weekday evening hours.
“Since opening our first store-based clinic in Florida in 2006, we have helped to expand access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care to thousands of residents who have visited us at CVS/pharmacy locations near where they live and work,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., in a press release. Sussman is president of MinuteClinic and senior vice president/associate chief medical officer of CVS Caremark Corporation.
PALM HARBOR - On July 18, Nationwide Title Clearing Inc. hosted a company-wide blood drive in which employees donated 55 pints of blood, surpassing all previously-established donation records for NTC.
Overall, NTC employees have donated 349 pints of blood due to the numerous blood drives over the years, helping more than 1,047 people. NTC has previously had several blood drives through blood centers operating throughout the Tampa Bay area, where dozens of hospitals and ambulatory care services depend on donations for whole blood, as well as other blood products and services.
NTC’s commitment to hosting blood drives over the years was recognized by Danielle Auger, community relations coordinator at not-for-profit blood center OneBlood.
Alzheimer’s support group CLEARWATER – Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter will host a new, monthly support group for caregivers with a loved one with dementia who lives at home or in a facility which focuses on intimacy needs and concerns.
Beginning May 7, the group will meet first Wednesdays, 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the conference room at Alzheimer’s Association’s Clearwater office, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709.
This support group will help caregivers come up with new relationship rituals and healthy alternatives for finding the care, hope, and intimacy every human being needs and deserves.
Heidi Crockett, MSW, will facilitate. Crockett is a geriatric care manager with Aging Care Advocates. She advocates for improved quality of life for seniors specifically on the subject of intimacy and has presented several seminars for professionals and caregivers including, “Sexual Concerns Associated with Dementia,” and “Intimacy as We Age: Loving our Loved Ones Safely.”
Clinical Nutrition & Exercise Guidance SAFETY HARBOR – Clinical Nutrition & Exercise Guidance for Healthy, Happy Bodies is coming to the Safety Harbor Rigsby Recreation Center, 605 Second St. N. on Wednesdays, Sept. 3 through Sept. 24, 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $60 for residents and $90 for nonresidents and is for ages 15 and older.
Over the course of this month-long program, Dr. Erin Flowers will focus on the relationship between nutrition and healthy functions of the body, individualized nutritional counseling, metabolism, supplement education and more. The class also includes individual nutrition counseling and progress evaluations.
Participants must preregister and by calling 724-1545.
GriefShare program SEMINOLE – A 13-week GriefShare program will begin Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd.
A morning and evening program will be offered. For additional details, call 391-4767.
Seminole Rec Center’s Teen Board meeting SEMINOLE – The Seminole Recreation Division is looking for local middle and high school students to be part of its Teen Board committee this year. The introductory meeting will take place Wednesday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreational Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
Participants will provide input on current trends, assist with events and community service projects, and learn career skills while making new friends and creating positive experiences.
For more information, call the group’s adviser, Kasey Postupack, at 391-8345.
Veterans town hall meeting BAY PINES – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in collaboration with the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office will host a Veterans town hall meeting and outreach on Sept. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.
Veterans and their families, congressional stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations and other community partners are invited to attend.
During the town hall, VA officials from both agencies will provide updates on VA operations and improvement initiatives regarding VA health care and benefits. Veterans and their families will have an opportunity to comment publicly about VA programs and services.
VA Outreach services and special program representatives will also be available to assist Veterans to include VA health care enrollment and eligibility; VA benefits and claims assistance; patient advocate services and more.
The town hall is one of many being held around the country. New VA Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced the meetings to improve communication with, and hear directly from, Veterans nationwide as a step toward improvement and to rebuild trust among Veterans.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email email@example.com.
Countryside Library book club meeting
CLEARWATER – The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, is continuing its popular book club that meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Titles for the monthly sessions are as follows:
• Feb. 20 – The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott
• March 20 – Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
• April 17 – The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian
• May 15 – Still Foolin‘ ’Em, by Billy Crystal
• June 19 – The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, by Naomi Ragen
• July 17 – My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor
• Aug. 21 – Breakfast at Sally’s, by Richard Le Mieux
• Sept. 18 – Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosam
• Oct. 16 – The Story of Beautiful Girl, by Rachel Simon
• Nov. 20 – Luna, by Julie Anne Peters
• Dec. 18 – My Life with Charlie Brown, by Charles Shultz
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.