Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New York Times: Rise in Early Cervical Cancer Detection Is Linked to Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NEW Creative For Health Workshops for People Affected by Cancer

Register for Nov. 18 Creative for Health: Art and Writing Workshops for People Affected by Cancer! Sunita Canaday from the UF Center for Arts in Medicine will be teaching how to make one-of-a-kind holiday cards using a fun technique! This is a great way to use leftover scraps of wrapping paper and decorative papers and ribbons. The workshop will be from 2 to 3 p.m. and at UF HealthStreet, located at 2401 SW Archer Road.

 More about CFH Workshops:
·         Participants will enjoy a variety of activities including painting, sculpting, dancing, and singing. These classes are open to all people affected by cancer: patients, survivors and caregivers.
·         Our wonderful partnering coordinator Dylan Klempner, will be joined by a guest instructor for each workshop.   Participants are welcome to bring their own art projects or use materials provided by the UF Center for Arts in Medicine. The weekly art and writing workshops are FREE and open to the public, taking place every Wednesday at HealthStreet from 2-3 pm(2401 SW Archer Road) for six weeks from October 21st to December 2nd (excluding November 11th).

For more information about the workshops, please contact 352-733-0880. To signup, please contact, 352-294-4880. Also feel free to share this series of workshops with friends, colleagues or anyone who would be interested in attending!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Save-the-Date: Fall 2015 Obesity Disparities Research and Intervention Seminar Series

Save the date for the second Obesity Disparities Research and Intervention Seminar Series! This in-person event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the UF Health Jacksonville Charter Theater, Tower 1 - 2nd Floor (580 W. 8th St., Jacksonville, FL 32209). The seminar will be held from 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. and will include a free, healthy lunch for all registered attendees.


The featured speaker is Dr. Tanya Agurs-Collins from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Agurs-Collins’ presentation will highlight the biochemical influences in obesity. The seminar is sponsored by the MACOD-R Partnership in conjunction with the UF Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program.


You can register for the seminar online ( or by phone (1-866-290-5770 toll-free). The registration deadline is Monday, November 30. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Free HPV Trainings Available

Please forward the following to anyone who might be interested!


Through a CDC grant provided by the National AHEC Organization, Suwannee River AHEC is training health professionals and students on HPV, the damage it can cause and the benefits of the vaccine as a cancer preventer. We are offering free enduring CE/CME trainings for anyone interested in learning more about the vaccine and how to recommend it to parents and patients.


All of the courses are from the CDC-developed “You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention” presentation. Links to the courses are available below:


·        “Youare the Key” – 1.0 CE/CME course presented by Christopher Balamucki, MD, Radiation Oncologist at North Florida Regional Medical Center (60 minutes)

·        “Youare the Key – Recorded Webinar” – 1.0 CE/CME recording of live webinar from 9/25 presented by Susan Vadaparampil, PhD, MPH, Associate Member at the Moffit Cancer Center (60 minutes)

·        “You are the KeySelf-Study Course” – 1.5 CME/1.4 ANNC for nurses and ACPE for pharmacists self-study course (90 minutes, flyer attached)

Cancer Connections meets on Wednesday November 18th

Mark your calendars to join us at HealthStreet on Wednesday November 18th at NOON, for a presentation by NFRMC's Elaine Zapata, MSN, ARNP, AOCNP.  Elaine will briefly review etiology, pathophysiology and risk factors for development of gynecologic malignancies and discuss associated risk factors, management and prevention of these malignancies.  The emphasis will be on what’s new in terms of surveillance and molecular testing to guide therapies and preventive care.
1.    Overview of uterine, ovarian, cervical, vaginal and vulvar neoplasms
2.    Risk Factors
3.    Diagnostic Workup, Management & Surveillance
4.    Role (and Implications) of Genetic Testing
5.    Screening and Prevention
Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, Inc., a Florida Board of Nursing, Pharmacy, Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling approved provider of continuing education, will provide CEUs for those completing the evaluations. CE Broker Provider ID #50-1922.  This program meets the requirements for up to 1.0 contact hour. Please bring a check made out to the SRAHEC for $10 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
PLEASE NOTE!!!  We need your RSVP by Monday November 16th to include you in the lunch count ($4 donation requested).  A healthful side dish to be shared is welcome in lieu of the donation!  If you are unable to RSVP by Monday, we ask that you bring you own lunch so that there will be plenty for those who RSVPd.
Plan to arrive by 11:50 to help yourself to lunch and find a seat.
The presentation will start promptly at 12:10.
directions to HealthStreet (2401 "old" Archer road)
Call Erick at HealthStreet at 294-4871 no later than Tuesday November 17th, if you would like the take the free shuttle to and from the meeting.
The shuttle picks up at the WEST end of Davis Cancer Center, in front of radiation oncology, and at the V.A., and at the UF Health cancer hospital.  The shuttle vehicle is a white van labeled HealthStreet.
Please ask Erick for clarification on the time and exact location of where you will be picked up.  The shuttle also picks up at the ACS building and at the UF cancer hospital, upon request.
Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested in joining us, but we need RSVPs by Monday November 16th to include those attending in the lunch count ($4 donation requested). 
Please remember to arrive before noon, to help yourself to lunch and find a seat.
Hope to see you on the 18th for a great presentation!

“Maintain, Don't Gain! Holiday Challenge” and more Healthiest Weight Florida Activities

Set Goals

Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds.

With balance and moderation, you can enjoy the holidays the healthy way! Choose fresh fruit as a festive and sweet substitute for candy. Limit fats, salt, and sugary foods. Find fun ways to stay active, such as dancing to your favorite holiday music. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.

Want more help? The Florida Department of Health is teaming up with North Carolina State University to offer the Maintain, Don't Gain! Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides participants with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season.

The Holiday Challenge includes seven weekly newsletters delivered to your inbox with tips to:

             Host a healthier Thanksgiving

             Manage holiday stress

             Fit physical activity into your busy day

             Survive a holiday party

The newsletter also includes:

             Daily Tips

             Mid-week Challenges

             Healthy holiday recipes

             Motivation and support from other participants

Make it your goal this November to register for the Maintain, Don't Gain! Holiday Challenge.  The Challenge runs from November 16- December 31.

Enjoy in-season bell peppers and squash in this Fresh from Florida Char-Grilled Florida Mahi-Mahi with Vegetables recipe. Florida bell peppers are a great way to get Vitamin C in your diet!



* It is recommended you consult a health care professional before beginning a diet or exercise program.

Other Healthiest Weight Florida activities to share:  

             Fall into Healthy Habits

Fall is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Being outside encourages active lifestyles by decreasing time spent in front of a television or computer screen1. Spending time outside also has mental health benefits such as stress reduction and mood elevation2.


             Small Steps to Living Healthy

Finding success in healthy weight isn’t always easy, but it helps to take small steps. Small Steps to Living Healthy is an email-based program that allows Floridians to sign up for weekly tips and tricks delivered directly to their inbox. These are ideas to help you reach or maintain your healthiest weight.