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STOF Health Department needs current addresses

The STOF Health Department will be mailing new Tribal Health Plan cards and books to Members early this summer. Please contact the Health Department now to update your address to ensure that you receive these important materials. A new Health Plan card is needed to: • Show to healthcare providers before receiving

Swimming pool rules for health, safety

It is that time of the year when we trade in our long sleeves and pants for tank tops and swimsuits. Swimming is enjoyed by millions during pool season. Swimming pools are great source for relaxation, enjoyment and exercise. Even though swimming in pools is a routine activity, it still

Stressing less stress as reservations focus on heart health

American Heart Month in February gave Tribal citizens opportunities to learn how to maintain a healthy heart. A variety of activities in Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood and Immokalee featured a combination of education, hands-on fun and rewards that can last a lifetime. Sponsored by the Health Department, events throughout the month

New chef program serves up food, fun for Hollywood youth

HOLLYWOOD — Hungry Hollywood youth learned safe cooking techniques and the value of nutritious diets during a six-week youth chef program offered in the Community Culture kitchen on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A collaboration between the Health Department, Boys & Girls Club and Community Culture Department, it is designed for kids who

Wellness in spotlight during National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month took center stage tribalwide for the Health Department’s Pathways Seminole Wellness Program in March. Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month emphasized the importance of making smart food choices while improving healthy eating and fitness habits. The mission of the organization, founded in 1917

Fish fry serves up better years ahead for recovery community

SUNRISE — Age meant nothing at the 9th annual Hollywood Fish Fry hosted by Seminoles in Recovery at Markham Park. Participants at the Jan. 23 food, fun and fellowship event in Sunrise measured their years in time free from drugs and alcohol. "I’m at 20 years," said Kelly Hancock, an addictions

Heart health heralded tribalwide

Since 1964, February has been designated American Heart Month to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans, including Native Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association. Throughout the month, the Seminole Health Department sponsored tribalwide events focused on heart

Rez Rally tackles diabetes, everybody wins

BIG CYPRESS — Good-hearted competition set the stage for the Tribe’s 16th annual diabetes awareness Rez Rally hosted at Big Cypress Reservation. "I’m going to win," said Dantae Russel, 12, of Immokalee, just before the start of the reservation vs. reservation Jan. 16 contest. "No, me," laughed Caleb Billie, 12, of Big

Mammo van delivers cancer awareness, on-scene service

BRIGHTON — Floral art and meditative music set a cozy mood inside the bus-sized Mobile Mammo vehicle staged on a recent Tuesday in a Brighton Reservation parking lot. "There is nothing to be afraid of," said Carla Gopher, who waited on a leather sofa thumbing through magazines before receiving the first

Fitness enthusiasts Jingle Bell Jog through Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD — In a season of rich food, plentiful sweets and bubbly cheer, the Health Department sponsored the Jingle Bell Jog 5K on Dec. 17 in Hollywood to help keep health and fitness on the front burner. "We wanted to get the community together and promote fitness during the holidays," said

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