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Report Ranks Jacksonville 10th for Alcohol-related Driving Violations

Report Ranks Jacksonville 10th  for Alcohol-related Driving Violations

According to an Insurance.com survey of 20 major metropolitan cities in the United States, Jacksonville ranks tenth in the nation for drivers with alcohol-related driving violations.

Jacksonville VisionWalk, May 21st

VisionWalk is the national signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.  Since its inception in the Spring of 2006, the program has raised over $15 million to fund sight-saving research.  As promising treatments move into critical human studies, the need for research funding is greater than ever before.

Join the tens of thousands of people who have taken important steps toward a cure by participating in a 5K VisionWalk.

Walk Information:

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011 Location:

University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
The Coxwell Amphitheater Field
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Best Buddies Inagural Friendship Walk Today!

Best Buddies Inagural Friendship Walk Today!

Best Buddies Jacksonville hosts inaugural Friendship Walk, a Walk-a-Thon and Friendship Festival, featuring carnival-style festivities, delicious food, and entertainment today, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the University of North Florida Amphitheater

Best Buddies Inagural Friendship Walk this Saturday!

Best Buddies Inagural Friendship Walk this Saturday!

Best Buddies Jacksonville will host its inaugural Friendship Walk, a Walk-a-Thon and Friendship Festival, featuring carnival-style festivities, delicious food, and entertainment on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the University of North Florida Amphitheater.  

Planned Parenthood of North Florida Works to Keep Young People Healthy During STD Awareness Month

Planned Parenthood of North Florida Works to Keep Young People Healthy During STD Awareness Month

To help reduce the alarming rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among young people in the U.S., Planned Parenthood of North Florida is joining with MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage youth to GYT — Get Yourself Tested — during National STD Awareness Month in April. 

As many as one in two sexually active young people will contract an STD by age 25 — and most won’t know it[1].  In Duval County there were 2,200 reported cases of STDs among 15-19 year olds in 2009 according to the Florida Department of Health. The award-winning GYT campaign is focusing this year on getting sexually active Americans under age 25 to embrace STD testing as part of a healthy, productive life. According to the CDC, this age group represents half of the estimated 19 million sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States each year. When left untreated, STDs can increase the risk of HIV infection, infertility and cancer.

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking Rally Today in Jacksonville

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking  Rally Today in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Students from all of Duval county's public high schools are participating in the Stop Teenage Underage Drinking (S.T.U.D.) Rally.

The event addresses issues relating to underage drinking and lifestyle choices that teens face on a daily basis.

The S.T.U.D. Rally begins at 7 A.M. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium.

New Behavioral Health Network To Launch

There is an urgent need for mental health and substance abuse treatment in our city.  One out of four children deal with behavioral health issues each year.  Studies show that 22 percent of Jacksonville’s population- more than 188,000 people- have a mental disorder during a one-year period.   Of people with severe mental disorders, 27 percent of them use illegal drugs each year.  Twelve percent of all residents use illegal drugs annually.  Thousands of Jacksonville residents are not getting the mental health and substance abuse treatment that they need.

To make the community aware of the critical need for help, and to inform people in need about resources that are available to help them, the Behavioral Health Network of Northeast Florida is being launched.  This is the first-ever effort to bring together the resources of agencies that assist people with substance abuse and mental health issues, people in recovery from mental health and substance abuse disorders, and family members affected by mental health disorders, all with the purpose of transforming Jacksonville’s behavioral health system.  The network will hold a kick-off event that is free to the public on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at the Jacksonville Public Library’s Downtown Library, 303 North Laura Street.  This event will also take place at Hemming Plaza next to the Library.