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Know the Heart Disease Risk Factors for Black Americans  February is both American Heart Month as well as Black History Month. While February is a time to celebrate the past and the present achievements of the Black community in America, it’s also a fitting time to contemplate how to improve heart health.  While heart disease …

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The New Year Is a Great Time to De-Stress Just like tomorrow is a new day, 2023 is a new year. Each new year, many of us make resolutions in an effort to improve our lives. The Florida Department of Health in Polk County wants to encourage you to live your best life by changing …

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Marking World AIDS Day With Education Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed internationally on December 1 as a day of solidarity and awareness for those affected by HIV/AIDS. The Florida Department of Health in Polk County wants to eliminate the spread of HIV, provide facts about HIV/AIDS to our communities, and promote testing …

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Diabetes Affects More Than 37 Million Americans What is Diabetes?You or someone you know probably lives with diabetes. It is a chronic disease that affects how the body turns food into fuel. The most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes, where there is excess sugar in the blood. High blood sugar can, in …

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Take a Stand Against Breast Cancer by Dr. JOY JACKSON, MD, Director of DOH-Polk Getting diagnosed with breast cancer at any stage is a frightening prospect, but getting diagnosed early can make a difference. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, we want to remind you of the importance of first, carefully evaluating your …

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World Rabies Day September 28 is World Rabies Day, a day dedicated to raise awareness about rabies and enhance prevention and control efforts worldwide. Rabies is a potentially life-threatening disease that affects the central nervous system. By using prevention strategies and providing treatment early, death due to rabies is preventable! Who is at risk for …

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