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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.”
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PALM HARBOR - Giving back just seems to come naturally to some people. In August, Dr. Oscar Menendez of Comprehensive Dental Care in Palm Harbor was recognized as one of those people.

The Florida Academy of General Dentistry awarded Menendez with the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his numerous charitable and civic involvements within the community.

Founded in 1952, the Florida Academy of General Dentistry is one of the most active state academies in the nation. The nonprofit organization selects from its 1,600 Florida members to annually bestow the Humanitarian Award to an individual who generously volunteers his or her service to the community. In addition, the award recipient must show a consistent commitment to enhance the image of general dentistry through the continuous delivery of quality dental care and through consistent leadership in areas of civic involvement.
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Sunday, September 8
Pinellas County Mosquito Control confirmed positive results for St. Louis encephalitis in three sentinel chickens on Sept. 3. Two chickens were located at Walsingham Park in Seminole and one chicken was located at Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg.

Since the beginning of the year, Pinellas County Mosquito Control has received 20 confirmed positive results for St. Louis encephalitis in sentinel chickens - nine positive results in Cross Bayou, seven positive results at Walsingham Park in Seminole, three positive results in Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg and one positive result in Lake Maggiore Park in St. Petersburg.

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.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders will present several programs on Medicare.

The seminars will be presented by SHINE, a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs in conjunction with the Area Agency on Aging. Programs will be presented in the auditorium of the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. To register, call 893-7928.

The following programs are scheduled:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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• Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Adult Competition Spelling Bee
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its second annual Adult Competition Spelling Bee Thursday, Sept.18, 6 p.m., at Palm Harbor University High School.  

Proceeds will benefit the chamber’ efforts toward financial assistance to school programs.  

Community sponsorships are available, ranging from $100 to $5,000. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Students will be admitted free.  

For more information, visit www.palmharborcc.org or call 784-4287.
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Antique Alley season kick off
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The new season at Antique Alley begins Thursday, Sept. 18, 6-8 p.m., with classic rock from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s performed by the Friends duo.

Also that evening, Roadside Attraction will feature an end-of-summer clearance sale on select items to get ready for the holiday season.

Antique Alley is located at 596 Indian Rocks Road N. For more information, call Carol at Roadside Attraction, 793-8826, or visit the Alley’s new Facebook page www.Facebook.com /ShopAntiqueAlley
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Chamber networking mixer
ST. PETE BEACH – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans a networking mixer Thursday, Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m., at the Post Card Inn, 6300 Gulf Blvd.  

The event will be held at the PCI Bar and Grill. Those attending will receive a free drink and hors d’eourves.  

The cost is $10 for chamber members and $20 for non-members.  

The sponsor is CPR Cell Phone Repair. Call 360-6957 to reserve a seat.
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Food drive reception
SEMINOLE – The Interfaith Food Pantry, 9530 Starkey Road, will host a thank you reception on Thursday, Sept. 18, 5 to 6:30 p.m., for donations collected through Mayor Leslie Waters’ 2014 canned food challenge.

Food will continue to be collected at the following drop-off locations through the end of the year at Seminole City Hall, City Park during the 2014 Fall Music in the Park concerts, Seminole Chamber of Commerce, Seminole Gardens Apartments, Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg College-Seminole Student Center, UP192, Freedom Square, Lake Seminole Square and American Woman Fitness Center on Bay Pines Boulevard.
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Free afternoon for caregivers
LARGO – Princeton Village of Largo, 333 16th Ave. SE, plans a free afternoon for caregivers Thursday, Sept. 18, 2 to 4 p.m.  

Caregovers are invited for a free spa afternoon that includes a massage, mini makeover, champagne and more. Linda Burhans of Harmony Home Health will present a program on how to help yourself so you can help others.  

Those planning to attend should RSVP by Sept. 15 to 588-0020.  

Princeton Village is the former Arbor Trace.
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Gaming Club
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The Seminole Recreation Division now offers an adult Gaming Club that meets the third Thursday of every month, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.  

This group is open to individuals 16 and older. Various board and card games will be available. This program is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.  

Call 391-8345 for more information.
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Historical Society meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd. Refreshments will be available. Call 541-6206 for more information.
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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.
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Marketing Mysteries Solved Workshop
SAFETY HARBOR – The Marketing Mysteries Solved Workshop is set for Thursday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.

The workshop is by SCORE and presented by Don Mahaney and it will reveal the roles and relationships between marketing, advertising, and sales, and learning effective and efficient marketing techniques.
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Treasure Islettes bingo games
TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Islettes conduct bingo games every Thursday evening at the Treasure Island Community Center on 106th Avenue.

Early bird games begin at 6:45 p.m. and regular games at 7:45 p.m. The games benefit fundraising efforts for local scholarships.

Amenities include a snack bar, free coffee and cash prizes. No alcohol is allowed and persons under 18 will not be admitted.
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