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There are dozens if not hundreds of weight loss programs available today. Unfortunately, many of these systems create more problems than they do solutions. Often outdated and unhealthy, these programs should be avoided entirely if you're focusing on long-term weight loss and improved wellbeing.
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Low Calorie Diets
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US News & World Report: St. Johns, Seminole are the healthiest communities in Florida
Only two counties cracked the list of the top 500 Healthiest Communities nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report.On Wednesday, U.S. News and World Report and CVS Health released their fifth annual Healthiest Communities rankings. The duo analyzed data and assessed counties on a 100-point scoring system tied to how they perform relative to one another across 10 health-related categories, ranging from education and the economy to community vitality, equity,...
Only two counties cracked the list of the top 500 Healthiest Communities nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report.
On Wednesday, U.S. News and World Report and CVS Health released their fifth annual Healthiest Communities rankings. The duo analyzed data and assessed counties on a 100-point scoring system tied to how they perform relative to one another across 10 health-related categories, ranging from education and the economy to community vitality, equity, infrastructure and public safety. They receive a ranking based on their performance as well.
In total, 89 factors were analyzed to rank the health of people in around 3,000 counties across America.
“The data behind the healthiest communities rankings provides a deep dive into the state of health equity in our country,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “By examining data on natural hazards, we can see how various demographic populations are affected by the risks tied to their environment.”
While no Florida county ranked in the top 100, two landed in the top 500 – St. Johns County was ranked at 181 and Seminole County at 441.
According to the report, St. Johns resident are in pretty good shape. The northeastern county, with a total of 72 points overall in the ranking system, drew high marks for health and nutrition, education, and economy. Notably, St. Johns boasted a 94% high school graduation rate — higher than the 89.4% national median. The county’s smoking rate of 16.4% was also lower than the national media (20%).
St. Johns, however, scored poorly in environment and equity.
Meanwhile, Seminole County, with a total score of 64, earned high marks in education, economy, and infrastructure. Seminole’s score was largely driven by its lower-than-average poverty rate (9.8%) and its commitment to broadband access, which it received a perfect score for (100%).
Seminole’s lowest scores were in equity, housing, and community vitality.
Sarasota County, which went unranked overall, was the third-ranked community in the state, with an average score of 62.
Additionally, the report found that the healthiest community was Los Alamos County in New Mexico, followed by Falls Church City in Virginia and Douglas County in Colorado.
“We all know the significant impact that social determinants have on the health and well-being of individuals and our local communities,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, vice president and chief health equity officer, CVS Health, said in a statement. “The data we collect helps us determine the best way to collaborate with communities to develop sustainable solutions and advance health equity in a way that meets their unique needs.”
To view the full rankings, click here.
SWFL didn't make list of 500 healthiest in U.S. but Lee County is 27th in the state
Lee County missed the list of the top 25 healthiest counties in the state by two spots and came in 27, according to the latest standings by U.S. News & World Report.Collier County ranks 14 among the healthiest counties in Florida.At the top is St. John’s County and Sarasota County ranks third healthiest, according to a state list....
Lee County missed the list of the top 25 healthiest counties in the state by two spots and came in 27, according to the latest standings by U.S. News & World Report.
Collier County ranks 14 among the healthiest counties in Florida.
At the top is St. John’s County and Sarasota County ranks third healthiest, according to a state list.
The news magazine in conjunction with CVS Health released Wednesday its fifth annual overall 500 healthiest communities in the U.S. which delves into 10 categories and provides scores in each.
A separate list addresses the top 25 healthiest counties in the state.
Communities are scored on a 100-point scale tied to how they perform relative to one another, and receive a ranking based on their performance as well.
Only two communities in Florida made the top 500 national list, which are St. John’s which had an overall score of 72 points and Seminole County with 64 points.
Seminole is the second healthiest county in the Florida, based on the separate list of the top 25 healthiest counties in Florida.
The categories examined are population health, equity, education, economy, food and nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality and infrastructure.
The top 500 communities in the U.S. are Los Alamos County, New Mexico, in the top spot and Falls Church, Virginia, is No. 2, while Douglas County, Colorado, is No. 3. Completing the top five are Morgan County, Utah and Carver County, Minnesota, at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
“The data behind the healthiest communities rankings provides a deep dive into the state of health equity in our country," Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News, said. "By examining data on natural hazards, we can see how various demographic populations are affected by the risks tied to their environment.”
The rankings are based on an evaluation of 3,000 communities nationwide, examining 89 metrics within the 10 overall categories.
Where do Collier and Lee counties rank?
Collier’s overall score was 52 and Lee’s was 46, the data shows.
Florida's top 25 healthiest communities performed best in the categories of infrastructure, community vitality, and food and nutrition. They performed worst in the housing and environment categories, according to the news magazine.
Collier scored 76 in food and nutrition, 68 in overall population health, 56 in education, 30 in the environment, 63 in the economy, 28 in housing and according to the scores. Its overall community vitality score is 72.
Lee scored 63 in food and nutrition, 58 in population health, 47 in education, 30 in the environment, 58 in economy, and 35 in housing. Lee’s overall community vitality score is 68.
The scores are based on factors key to evaluating community health that were identified by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, a policy advisory board to the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is part of its Measurement Framework for Community Health and Well-Being. U.S. News adapted the model in consultation with leading population health experts, resulting most notably in the inclusion of an equity category.
To determine the weights assigned to each category, more than a dozen experts in population health and well-being participated in an online survey in which they assessed each category's relative importance to community health.
Each individual distributed 100 points across the 10 health and health-related categories, assigning more points to categories they perceived to be more important.
The project serves as a tool to inform residents, community health leaders and elected officials about policies and best practices for better health outcomes by assessing which communities offer their citizens the greatest opportunity to live a productive, healthy life.
For the third year in a row, county-level coronavirus data on metrics such as cases, deaths and vaccination rates are available through the COVID-19 and Your Community data hub.
“We all know the significant impact that social determinants have on the health and well-being of individuals and our local communities,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, vice president and chief health equity officer, CVS Health, said in a news release. “The data we collect helps us determine the best way to collaborate with communities to develop sustainable solutions and advance health equity in a way that meets their unique needs.”
The list of the top 25 counties in Florida is here https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/slideshows/healthiest-communities-in-florida
To examine the list of the top 500 communities, go to https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/us-news-releases-healthiest-counties-rankings
Americraft Marine Acquires Florida Jones Act-Compliant Shipbuilding Facility
Libra Group subsidiary acquires St. Johns Ship Building, supporting need for Jones Act-compliant vessels, including those that advance U.S. energy independence NEW YORK, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Americraft Marine, a maritime subsidiary of the Libra Group, announced the acquisition of St. Johns Ship Building, a full-service marine facility specializing in constructing and repairing Jones Act-compliant vessels, including those used to ...
Libra Group subsidiary acquires St. Johns Ship Building, supporting need for Jones Act-compliant vessels, including those that advance U.S. energy independence
NEW YORK, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Americraft Marine, a maritime subsidiary of the Libra Group, announced the acquisition of St. Johns Ship Building, a full-service marine facility specializing in constructing and repairing Jones Act-compliant vessels, including those used to service offshore wind turbines.
Based in Palatka, Florida near Jacksonville, St. Johns Ship Building leads in the new construction and repair of a wide variety of steel and aluminum vessels, including ferries, tugs, deck and tank barges, landing crafts, and general cargo vessels. Significantly, it is also one of the few U.S. shipyards that builds vessels that support and service offshore wind farms.
Americraft Marine is a subsidiary of the Libra Group, a privately-owned international business group whose subsidiaries own and operate assets in more than 50 countries. This announcement comes at a time of significant need for Jones Act-compliant vessels. The production of vessels in the U.S. has declined in recent years. In addition, significant shipbuilding capacity will be needed over the next 10-15 years to support the upcoming demand for vessels that construct and service renewable energy infrastructure. On June 6, U.S. President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to address the urgent need for clean energy technologies made in America. This acquisition, long in the works, leverages the proven capabilities of St. Johns Ship Building in constructing offshore wind servicing vessels, along with Libra Group's global experience in renewable energy and deep maritime heritage.
With facilities including a storm-protected 100-acre inland campus with a 850-ton floating drydock, St. Johns Ship Building is positioned to accelerate production of Jones Act-compliant vessels, particularly the construction and maintenance of offshore wind supply and support vessels. Americraft Marine intends to further bolster capacity at St. Johns Ship Building through workforce trainings, leveraging the yard's proven expertise with the goal of creating a best-in-class future-focused shipyard.
"As a group that has over 45 years of maritime heritage through our original subsidiary Lomar Shipping, as well as significant renewable energy experience through four global clean energy subsidiaries, we are proud to invest in the future of U.S. competitiveness and energy security," said Libra Group Chairman and CEO George M. Logothetis. "With seasoned leaders who have decades of experience in the maritime industry and existing client relationships, Americraft Marine and St. Johns Ship Building will build upon and bolster the U.S. fleet, meeting government and customer needs while supporting the nation's economic and clean energy future."
The shipbuilding sector is critical to America's strong industrial economy and provides economic opportunity to coastal communities through long-term jobs. It is also vital to U.S. energy independence, which has become more crucial due to ongoing trade tensions, the geopolitical landscape and economic climate.
"Americraft Marine is proud to acquire St. Johns Ship Building, which has the right leadership and skilled workforce to accelerate the future of U.S. shipbuilding and advance the urgent need for Jones Act-compliant, future-focused U.S. vessels," said Omear Khalid, CEO of Americraft Marine. "Our goal is simple: to build a best-in-class Jones Act-compliant shipyard. Americraft Marine will provide stable industrial jobs, invest in workforce training, and leverage St. Johns' proven expertise as well as the historical maritime heritage of the Libra Group."
The acquisition is the first for Americraft Marine, which anticipates future organic and acquisition-based growth that addresses the dire need for modern, state-of-the-art vessels, including those that are eco-friendly as more Jones Act-compliant vessels age out of work. The company expects future expansions to prioritize investments that are sustainable and position the U.S. for leadership in the clean energy future by building and maintaining vessels that support renewable energy projects.
About the Libra Group
The Libra Group (www.libra.com) is a privately owned international business group whose subsidiaries own and operate assets in more than 50 countries. The group is predominantly active in six sectors, including several vital to the global economy. These sectors include shipping, aviation, renewable energy, real estate and hospitality, as well as selected diversified investments. The group has also created 10 social responsibility programs that have a positive impact on the lives of many people around the world. The Libra Group is committed to supporting a more sustainable and equitable future, including harnessing human ingenuity to help mitigate climate change while promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our global footprint.
About Americraft Marine
Americraft Marine (www.Americraftmarinegroup.com) was launched with the sole purpose to support and strengthen the U.S. shipbuilding industry and infrastructure with the goal to build St. Johns Ship Building as a center of excellence in Jones Act ship building. This includes building on its 15 years of experience to help grow the number of stable, skilled jobs in the shipbuilding business, while advancing the U.S. economy, competitiveness, and clean energy future.
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Nonprofits, at the helm: St. Johns United Way CEO departing, Baptist Health gets new CFO
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Melissa Nelson, CEO and president of United Way of St. Johns County since 2014, has been named the new leader of the state United Way network.The Tallahassee-based network represents 28 United Ways on legislative and administrative issues, training and disaster preparation, response and recovery issues, among other...
The Tallahassee-based network represents 28 United Ways on legislative and administrative issues, training and disaster preparation, response and recovery issues, among other things.
'We conducted a comprehensive search for a leader who can take the United Way of Florida to new heights and found the skill set we need in Melissa Nelson," said Jeff Hayward, network board chairman.
"Melissa possesses the interpersonal skills, business acumen and Florida legislative advocacy experience that make her the perfect choice to lead the organization," he said.
Nelson's appointment is one of several recent leadership changes and additions at area nonprofits.
Nonprofits, at the helm: Retirement at one Jacksonville nonprofit, new board members at 3 others
She begins her new job July 18. The St. Johns United Way board of directors has launched a search for her successor.
The board has not announced an interim CEO, but Jenny Harvey, director of community impact, and Rebecca Crum, director of finance, will likely take on the role jointly, Nelson said.
The St. Johns organization funds nonprofits in St. Johns and as of 2019 Putnam County. During Nelson's tenure, annual fundraising increased from $1.1 million in 2015 to $2.4 million in 2021. The organization was recently picked by the St. Johns County Commission to distribute $7.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act Funds in St. Johns and earlier administered $1.2 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding for Putnam County.
'Floridians are generous': In 2021 study, most residents donated to charity, about half volunteered
"This is a bittersweet moment," said Kelly Green, chairwoman of the St. Johns United Way's board of directors. "During Melissa’s time with us, we annually exceeded fundraising goals, initiated new programs and responded to two hurricanes and a pandemic. She has earned the trust and support of our community."
Nelson said her new position will give her "the best of both worlds" through her continuing support of the St. Johns mission and an expanded statewide focus.
"When I joined United Way, I committed to building relationships within our community, but underestimated the depth, strength and breadth of these connections," she said. "Thank you to all that allowed me to be part of what we have built together.”
Baptist Health has named Keith Tickell as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
He joined the Jacksonville hospital system in 2015 as senior vice president for strategic assets and real estate and has been interim chief financial officer since January.
Tickell will play a vital role in Baptist Health's future growth as he leads all aspects of finance, including financial planning, reporting and tax and treasury functions, as well as real estate, design and construction, according to the company.
"Keith Tickell brings to the CFO role a robust set of skillsets and a unique perspective," said Michael Mayo, president and chief executive officer.
Prior to joining Baptist Health, Tickell has served as chief financial officer for Flagler Development, a subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries; The North Highland Co., which provides management and technology consulting services throughout the U.S.; Sabal Corp., an owner, developer and manager of a mixed-use commercial development park in Tampa; and Nordic Refrigerated Services in Atlanta.
Baptist Health Foundation
Martha Baker, a philanthropist and community volunteer, has been named chairwoman of the Baptist Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Baptist Health.
She also serves on the boards of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, WJCT, Renewing Dignity and the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. She is a co-founder of the Beaches Community Fund and a founding member of the Women’s Giving Alliance.
Michael Howland has been named 2022-23 president of Leadership Jacksonville, which helps build leaders in Northeast Florida.
Howland is president and CEO of Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.
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St. Johns County School Board approves 7 new attendance zones
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – The St. Johns County School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved seven new attendance zones that will go into effect in the 2022-23 school year.They will impact key neighborhoods in overcrowded schools like Freedom Crossing Academy, Hickory Creek Elementary and Palencia Elementary.These changes are the latest effort to keep up with a county that’s experiencing an explosion of population growth.The faster that growth happens, the tougher it is to project how fast cert...
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – The St. Johns County School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved seven new attendance zones that will go into effect in the 2022-23 school year.
They will impact key neighborhoods in overcrowded schools like Freedom Crossing Academy, Hickory Creek Elementary and Palencia Elementary.
These changes are the latest effort to keep up with a county that’s experiencing an explosion of population growth.
The faster that growth happens, the tougher it is to project how fast certain schools are going to fill up and get overcrowded.
The district looked at the schools that were already experiencing overflow -- or getting close to it -- and planned strategic moves to alleviate the crowding.
Three of the changes involve moving children out of Freedom Crossing Academy -- including those who live in the neighborhood of Durbin Creek Estates.
One of the changes -- option one -- rezones Durbin Creek Estates -- as well as the Oakridge Landing neighborhood -- and moves about 240 children over to Patriot Oaks Academy.
As part of option two, more Freedom Crossing Academy students who live in a portion of RiverTown -- about 130 children -- are rezoned to attend Cunningham Creek Elementary or Switzerland Point Middle, depending on their grade level.
Option five rezones 162 students from Hickory Creek Elementary to Julington Creek Elementary.
Option seven moves a handful of students into Liberty Pines Academy from nearby two nearby schools -- Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle
And option nine adds students to Liberty Pines Academy from Ocean Palms Elementary and Landrum Middle schools.
The St. Johns County School District also has to look ahead to neighborhoods that are under construction.
Also to cut down on the students at Freedom Crossing Academy, option three rezones the Middlebourne neighborhood that’s under development, so that when families do move in there, they’ll go to Patriot Oaks Academy instead. More than 300 students are projected to move into the Middlebourne neighborhood when it’s finished.
The Cordova Palms neighborhood is also unfinished, and option 8 zones the students that move in there to Crookshank Elementary, Sevastian Middle and St. Augustine High.
Superintendent Tim Forson said families in the district should expect more rezoning changes in the future.
“If they’re coming in, in primary grades K, one or two, there’s a good chance that can be impacted at some point before they graduate,” Forson said. “I mean, that’s just the growth rate. That’s how fast we’re growing.”
News4JAX spoke with St. Johns County parent Charles Webb. He has lived in the Oakridge Landing neighborhood for about five years, and in that time, his daughter, who is now finishing seventh grade, has already had to be switched to a new school attendance zone once.
“I mean, there are challenges with it -- nothing that’s insurmountable,” Webb said. “But there are challenges.”
Since Webb’s daughter is heading into her last year of middle school, she’s exempt from having to move again. Webb said that while it’s a hassle to move schools, he understands why it’s necessary.
“I mean, the decisions that aren’t easy for the school board, I’m glad they get input,” Webb said. “But they’re definitely challenging. I mean, how do you break it up?”
That’s the question district officials have been facing as they’re presented with new challenges every year with more development on the county’s northside.
“So we knew that if we’re not going to be able to open a new school until 2024, that we need to make some adjustments now, in both the northwest and kind of the north-central part of the school district where growth is just so rapid right now,” Forson said.
Earlier this year, the school board released a list of nine proposed changes to school maps, rejecting two -- options four and six -- last month because there wasn’t enough support for either.
And last week, the school district announced plans to add two more new schools to the district to manage the staggering growth that’s led to overcrowding in schools.
The two new K-8 schools, along with another K-8, will all be built in the northwestern part of the county where most of that growth is concentrated. Parents in one large neighborhood say it’s about time.
The school district said the schools are desperately needed because the student population has grown 7% in the last year and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. The district has added more than 13,000 students in the last 10 years.
The county expects to spend about $193 million on the three new K-8 schools and hopes to start getting bids for construction in the coming months.
In the long term, the district expects to build 19 new schools and expand two others over the next 20 years.