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Learn how to keep your heart healthy safely and effectively

Learn how to keep your heart healthy safely and effectively

Crystal River, FL -- What does it mean to have a heart condition? What can you do to keep your heart healthy even after a cardiac occurence?

Registered respiratory therapist, Terri Adams, will discuss the tools and provide guidance to begin healthy changes to maintain a healthy heart at Citrus Memorial Hospital's auditorium on Tuesday, May 17.

Call 560-6266 or register online. There are only 50 seats left!

Citrus County statewide health ranking: #42

Citrus County statewide health ranking: #42

Citrus County, Florida -- Today,The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin released the 2011 County Health Ranking report. The first report that ranks counties nationwide on health outcomes and health behaviors was published last year. This year’s report is available for viewing on www.countyhealthrankings.org.

Citrus County was ranked # 42 of the 67 counties in Florida for "health outcomes" this year, ranked by mortality and morbidity figures.

The county was higher on the list of "health factors," being named #37 on the list that considers health behavior, clinical care resources, social factors, and physical environment.

Based on the health care and environment in your community, do you think these are fair assessments of Citrus County?

Citrus Memorial receives prestigious award in patient safety

Citrus Memorial receives prestigious award in patient safety

Inverness, FL -- Citrus Memorial hospital was recently honored as a recipient of the 2011 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, indicating that its patient safety ratings are in the top 5% of U.S. hospitals. 

Citrus Memorial is one of only 268 hospitals in the country to receive this designation.

The 8th annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals study, analyzed nearly 40 million hospitalization records from approximately 5,000 hospitals nationwide that participate in the Medicare program. Participation in the HealthGrades study is not voluntary, and hospitals cannot choose to opt out of the analysis.

New Tai Chi class in town

New Tai Chi class in town

Inverness, FL -- A new Tai Chi class is now available.

Dave Meredith has been practicing Tai Chi for roughly 11 years and would now like to pass his love of the art on to you. This stretching exercise is great for both mind and body. It helps improve physical balance, muscle tone, strength, flexibility, circulation, blood pressure and respiration.

Food and drawings round out a day at the pool

Food and drawings round out a day at the pool

Crystal River, FL -- The 3rd Annual Senior Health Fair is being held on Saturday, March 12 where seniors can go a enjoy a day of enjoyment for FREE!

The day will include fun, food, and fellowship with vendors including Kings Bay Lions Club (Diabetes Screening), American Red Cross, Citrus Memorial Hospital, Brentwood Health Center and many more.

Lifeguard classes starting soon

Lifeguard classes starting soon

Inverness, FL -- Beginning in March, the American Red Cross Lifeguard spring class will be held in the pool at whispering Pines Park.

Participants must be at least 15 years old and able to pass a few simple swimming prerequisites. Dates and registration information can be found at the following link: Information

Classes begin Saturday, March 12.

Families invited to participate in weight management program

Families invited to participate in weight management program

Citrus County, Florida -- The Extension Family Lifestyle Intervention Project (E-FLIP for Kids) is a weight management intervention research program, which began in Citrus County in January 2010. The program is a collaborative effort between the Citrus County IFAS Cooperative Extension Office and the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida (UF).

The E-FLIP for Kids program is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Disorders and is designed to help children and parents improve their diet and physical activity to promote positive self-image and better weight management. In January 2010, the program enrolled 36 children and their parents who participated in year-long family-based weight management groups.