In today’s society, the demands can be great on women who are working full-time and have families. Some stress can be good, but chronic stress can lead to serious health problems.
According to the website for the National Institute for Mental Health, there are three different types of stress. The first is routine stress, which is related to pressures of work, family or other daily responsibilities. The next kind of stress is from a sudden negative change, such as losing a job, divorce or illness. And the third is traumatic stress, which is caused by a major accident, war, assault or natural disaster.
According to the American Institute of Stress, the No. 1 stress in the United States is job pressure. It can sometimes be the hardest to recognize, so knowing how to handle stress is the key to preventing health issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorder and other illnesses.
CLEARWATER - The 20th annual Morton Plant Mease Melanoma Monday event, where health experts offer free skin cancer screenings to the community, will be Monday, May 2, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Morton Plant Hospital, in the Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Rooms A and B, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.
Each year, the American Academy of Dermatology designates the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday to raise awareness about melanoma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with nearly 5 million people treated for skin cancer annually. Although most skin cancers are not fatal, nearly 75 percent of the time melanoma is.
While the kids have fun playing youth sports in competitive leagues, the rest of the family is sometimes heading to the event directly after work or school without eating a healthy dinner first.
Finding food choices lower in fat, sodium and sugar at the concession stand may be a challenge for those who have made the choice to eat healthfully.
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County aims to change how youth-sports concessions serve those families through its "Fun Bites" initiative. DOH-Pinellas is working with youth concession stands to offer more choices without taking away other familiar concession foods and snacks.
ST. PETE BEACH - As millions of people around the world prepare to recognize April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month, St. Pete Beach artist Ron Czerniec has taken the disease into his own hands.
Czerniec is kicking off a national fundraising campaign. Paint the Towns with Tulips is designed to raise awareness and donations of Parkinson’s as Czerniec lines the streets of America with painted tulip banners. The campaign will run throughout the month of April and is targeted to citizens and businesses across the United States.
OneBlood stands ready to face the Zika virus if and when the mosquito-borne disease emerges in Florida or the surrounding southeast states it serves.
OneBlood anticipates the Food and Drug Administration granting the blood center approval to use a new investigational test to screen blood donations for the Zika virus. Approval is expected in the coming months and likely sooner if there is an active outbreak of the virus in OneBlood’s service area.
LARGO - As Pinellas County continues to see a growing need for additional behavioral health services, Largo Medical Center expands its intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs into the St. Petersburg area with Transitions, a department of Largo Medical Center, at 2191 Ninth Ave. N.
“The design of Transitions is to provide patient care by offering support and the necessary treatment to assist in achieving better mental health,” said Ashley Muchnick in a press release. Muchnick is the behavioral health services director at Largo Medical Center. “Physicians and staff will began seeing patients in the new facility this week.”
LARGO - Glenn Saldanha recently was named the assistant administrator for Largo Medical Center.
Saldanha comes to Largo Medical Center from Brandon Regional Hospital, where he has been the director of Orthopedics, Spine and Rehabilitation Services for the past three years. Prior to that, Saldanha was assistant vice president of Post-Acute Care Services for Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina.