Urban Farming Institute

Urban Farming Institute

Healthy Living Begins With Nutritious Food Grown Everyday, Everywhere, For Everybody Producer Gabriel Tyner heads out to the Institute for seeding 101 and to learn more about the program in our own backyard. The Urban Farming Institute is a registered 501© (3) tax exempt non profit organization located in Oakland Park, FL. UFI serves as a regional education, demonstration, and resource center for educators, health practitioners, gardeners, farmers, and producers interested in growing food in an urban setting. We help […]

by · August 29, 2015 · Broward County, Lifestyle
Miami Spice 2015

Miami Spice 2015

Miami Spice is in full swing with the offer of prix-fixe lunches and dinners at some of our finest restaurants at the reduced price of $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner. The offer, which runs from August 1 through September 30, is designed to encourage both tourists and locals to explore new restaurants with some value deals. The promotion also helps many restaurants get through Miami’s summer slump, where restaurant attendance drops off as tourist dollars are spent in […]

by · August 10, 2015 · Food, Lifestyle
2009 Freedom Swim in Punta Gorda, (Photo courtesy Sun Herald)

2015 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Cool 4th of July ‘happening’

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, June 29, 2015 – PUNTA GORDA — It started small and spontaneous. Twenty four years ago, Punta Gorda attorney Michael Haymans and some friends decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by swimming the 1.5 mile distance across the Peace River. They weren’t athletes in training; they had heard stories about how in the 1940s, swimming across the river was a rite of passage for teens. They had a good time, they told their friends, and […]

A blood pressure drug called isradipine has shown promise for preventing alcohol and drug addiction, according to researchers

Blood pressure medication could prevent alcohol, drug addiction

by Catharine Paddock PhD, Medical News Today, June 24, 2015 – One of the drivers of alcohol and drug addiction is the powerful and enduring memories of the triggers – the people, places, sights and sounds that lead up to and surround episodes of substance use. Encounters with such powerful cues are recognized as primary reasons for relapse. Now, a team that successfully stopped cocaine and alcohol addiction in rats using a drug already approved for the treatment of high blood pressure, suggests […]

by · June 24, 2015 · Health, Lifestyle, Medical
St. Sebastian River (Photo by Kyle Gabriel)

Roughing it: St. Sebastian River Preserve

By Bob Rountree,, Special to, June 18, 2015 – There are no fancy entrance gates, nor is there a groomed campground within the preserve. To get there, you travel on unpaved roads that require deft handling. Other than a buffer road along the C-54 canal, which divides the park, motorized vehicles are prohibited. But you can hike here.  You can hike until you drop — on 60 miles of trails through 22,000 acres of wilderness, trails that are also open to mountain bikes […]

Chill at a Florida spring: This is Rock Spring Run at Kelly Park

Six cool outings for hot Florida weekend getaways

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, June 17, 2015 – It’s hot, but that doesn’t mean you have to seal yourself in air conditioning for the next five months. You can enjoy the natural and authentic Florida, even in the summer. Here are six weekend outings that are perfect for a hot, sunny summer weekend: 1. Bicycling. Try Jupiter Island. Why is it cool? The tree-shaded road on Jupiter Island gets ocean breezes. As long as you keep peddling, you stay […]


Many older adults going online to discuss, learn about sex

By Liza Berdychevsky, University of Illinois , June 11, 2015 – CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Forget those ageist stereotypes that senior citizens have little interest in sex and are befuddled by technology. Many older adults are going online to dish about the joys of sex and swap advice about keeping their mojos working well into their twilight years, a new study found. “Many older people preserve both a high interest in sex and a high involvement in sexual activities,” said researcher Liza Berdychevsky, a […]

When you know you should go…Part Two

When you know you should go…Part Two

By Heather Dugan,, Connection Coach, June 11, 2015 – Bad habits are a familiar misery and easy default. However ugly the terrain, we all like a good shortcut. But sometimes our instinctual responses gridlock progress towards a much better place, making it difficult to fully disengage from damaging and draining relationships.  Note: Even good love relationships are hard work! Discomfort and adjustments are an essential part of sharing life and can ultimately grow an intimate connection. A “damaging and draining” […]

by · June 11, 2015 · Dating, Featured, Health, Lifestyle, Relationship

When you know you should go…Part One

By Heather Dugan,, Connection Coach, June 10, 2015 – Her response to “how are you?” was a wincing shrug. Sara dabbed at stray tears and quietly admitted that, once again, she’d been sucked back into the harmful relationship she’d resolved to end. Ten years younger but in perpetual midlife crisis, Tim looked better as a headline than on a full page. And he yanked Sara along like an impatient kid with his first rod and reel. His halfhearted surges of […]

by · June 10, 2015 · Dating, Featured, Lifestyle, Relationship
Florida Department of Health failing to respond to credible reports of cancer clusters

Florida Department of Health failing to respond to credible reports of cancer clusters

By SaintPetersBlog, Guest Author, Special to, June 10, 2015 – This is a story about pediatric cancer clusters in Florida. It begins in Durham, N.C., at Duke University, where Dr. David Banks is a professor in the Department of Statistical Science. In 2013 Dr. Banks was the new editor of Statistics and Public Policy, a journal of the American Statistical Association. In early February, Banks gave a speech to the Florida Chapter of the ASA at the University of West […]


How You Can Help Someone Passed Over For Promotion

By Heather Dugan,, Connection Coach, June 9, 2015 – Have a loved one that’s down in the dumps because they were passed over for a promotion? Here’s how you can help them get past it: Dear Heather, My husband is a firefighter. His dad and uncle are firefighters too, and it’s all he’s ever wanted to do. He was up for captain and had a good shot at it we thought, but he got passed over in favor of a […]

Staff and volunteers with the Coral Restoration Foundation organize staghorn coral clippings g output.  (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Florida Keys Coral Reef Restoration “Plantapalooza” (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For, June 9, 2015 – KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — In recognition of World Oceans Day, the Florida Keys-based Coral Restoration Foundation staged its first-ever “Plantapalooza” Monday during which CRF staff, interns, board members and volunteers planted 1,600 reef-building staghorn corals in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Some 70 divers sowed corals at six Upper Keys sites including Molasses Reef, Carysfort Reef, Grecian Rocks, Little Conch Reef, Snapper Ledge and Pickles Reef. “It’s really important to to […]