HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital celebrated the completion of the first phase of its $100 million expansion Aug. 30, which includes a new four-story, 95,000-square-foot patient tower and 10,000-square-foot renovated dietary space. This phase of the expansion adds 10 ICU beds, eight cardiovascular ICU beds and 24 surgical care beds...
White-Wilson Medical Center will continue its Power Your Parenting series with its next session: Awkward Conversations, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at White-Wilson’s main campus at 1005 Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach. This class will focus on how parents can prepare for tricky but important, age-appropriate conversations. Pediatrician...
Second Bus to Provide Restorative Dental Services To Children In Need Children’s Volunteer Health Network, an organization that provides free access to dental and mental health services to children in need in Northwest Florida, has announced the arrival of their second mobile dental clinic. The first bus, gifted to CVHN...
By Kay Phelan It’s back to school and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) prevention team is ready. They have had their Child & Teen Safety Matters prevention programs in place for the past several years. Each year, ECCAC’s staff educates and empowers Okaloosa and Walton students with information...

Love That Traffic?

By Dr. Richard Chern, M.D. How are you handling life’s little frustrations? I know this article goes outside the immediate area, but I would bet everyone reading this article knows exactly how life in Destin has changed in the last ten years. I know for me, if there’s a bridge,...

The Collagen Craze

By Kay Leaman, Health Architect From commercials to magazine ads, it’s all about collagen. But what is it and why do we need it? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It has an adhesive quality that is only matched by its ability to provide connection, structure and strength....
You are cordially invited to attend the much-anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for CALM Village on Mon., Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m. at 201 Redwood Ave. in Niceville. Calm Village is the near future for the 501c3 nonprofit, CALM Organization, Inc., and the next step for area moms and their children. “We...

Do It Right! Sexy Back

By Lisa Leath Turpin, Health & Wellness Coach Everyone wants a strong and sexy back, but all too many times your back – especially the spine – takes the brunt of weakness and improper lifting. The back has different muscle groups that work together to allow movement. Some have multiple...
For the seventh year in a row, Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety – EMS Division has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attack, ultimately saving...
By Lisa Leath Turpin, Health & Fitness Coach/Consultant Happy to introduce the second in a series of tips to effectively and safely exercise various areas of the body (Check out June edition: “Core/Abs”). There is a lot going on in the lower body. That old song (hip bone’s connected to the...
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