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Mother’s death still fresh
Wed  Oct 8 2014 08:00AM
(Editor’s note: Steve Steiner is a reporter with The Polk County Democrat. He volunteered to tell his tale.) It sometimes catches me off-guard, the passage of time, when I realize … read more.
‘Early detection’ was the key
Wed  Oct 8 2014 08:00AM
“Scared to death,” was Sharon Perry’s first reaction when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. “I was doing self-breast exams and I felt something there.” A mammogram confirmed … read more.
Men diagnosed with breast cancer
Wed  Oct 8 2014 08:00AM
Male breast cancer is a very real disease diagnosis. Not acknowledged as loudly as is female breast cancer, the male cancer can be just as fatal. Nancy Nick lost her … read more.
is here for people
Wed  Oct 8 2014 08:00AM
Early detection is often times the key to surviving breast cancer with as little pain as possible. Unfortunately, too many women go without getting mammograms and proper examinations. For some, … read more.
Active Aging Week: Let the adventure begin
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
Active Aging Week is an annual health promotion event held each year during the last week of September. The weeklong observance celebrates adults ages 50 and older and promotes the … read more.
Lake Wales Medical Center’s lab awarded gold seal accreditation
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
Lake Wales Medical Center’s laboratory has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and … read more.
Spreads: Snack, wrap and appetizer workhorses
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
Spreads are often taken for granted or overlooked altogether. They are however, a treasure trove of possibilities that can be made from just about any food; their mouth-watering flavors are … read more.
Alzheimer’s walk scheduled
Tue  Sep 23 2014 04:02PM
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled Nov. 15 at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland … read more.
Public health officials join fight against childhood obesity
Fri  Sep 19 2014 08:42AM
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County recognizes September as National Childhood Obesity Month and reports more than 23 million children and teenagers — 31.8 percent — ages 2-19 are obese … read more.
Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon set
Wed  Sep 10 2014 08:00AM
Watson Clinic and Moffitt Cancer Center is presenting its 15th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon in Lakeland. The luncheon is set for Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Lakeland Yacht & … read more.
Helping others part of her recovery
Wed  Oct 8 2014 08:00AM
Chris Hazelwood called her husband when her doctor, a family friend, told her over the phone that she had breast cancer. “Shock was my first reaction,” said the Winter Haven … read more.
Granddaughter saved her life
Wed  Oct 8 2014 08:00AM
Marilyn Stewart’s granddaughter saved her life. “When the doctor told me I had breast cancer in 1998, I said ‘I cannot let this get me down because my first grandchild … read more.
Alternative treatments
Wed  Oct 8 2014 08:00AM
Karen Willis hears heart-wrenching stories every day from breast cancer survivors. “Some days I walk out of here crying,” said Willis, owner of Anew You Mastectomy Boutique in Winter Haven. … read more.
Healthy diet helpful, but prevention still a guessing game
Wed  Oct 8 2014 08:00AM
According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women after skin cancer. “Though cancer research and awareness has increased greatly in the … read more.
Forum addresses hunger in the county
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
The Polk Vision Quality of Life Task Force held a LEAD (Learn-Engage-Assess-Discuss) forum on hunger in Polk County at the Board of County Commissioner building on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Participating … read more.
Incidents and outbreaks: Is Polk County prepared?
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
When it comes to preparing and managing incidents and outbreaks, the Florida Department of Health in Polk County is equipped with one of the county’s most valuable resources: the Medical … read more.
New dental clinic opens in east part of Bartow
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
It was a grand day for a grand opening this past Friday, Sept. 12, for Dr. Ian Fawcett as he officially opened up his dental clinic at 2090 Flamingo Drive … read more.
Steaming vegetables: Frequently asked questions
Thu  Sep 4 2014 12:28PM
Why steam vegetables? When vegetables are cooked immersed in water, a considerable amount of their nutrients leaches into the water and is lost when drained after cooking. Soups and stews … read more.
Lake Wales Medical Center seeks volunteers
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
Lake Wales Medical Center has an immediate need for volunteers in the gift shop and the front lobby desks. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, complete an application, … read more.
Road to recovery and transformation
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Michael Holder’s life has been redefined by many things. Yesterday, he was walking and standing. Today, he is learning how to function with bilateral limb amputations. Tomorrow, he’s all about … read more.