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Florida Department of Health in Madison County addresses county health rankings

The Florida Department of Health in Madison County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and, today, acknowledged the sixth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at “With the release of the County Health Rankings, it is a great opportunity to educate our community to help raise awareness about the many factors that influence…

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The benefits of walking

Walking has many benefits, according to the American Heart Association. Taking a deliberate walk on a regular basis is often the first step to weight loss. While many feel reluctant to begin an exercise routine, no one should hesitate about walking, assuming a basic health beginning point. Researchers agree that regular walking is often the first step to a more thorough exercise program. Regular walking also reduces the onset of Type Two Diabetes in those people predisposed to the disease. Walking apparently has an overall positive affect on the blood…

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Health and Fitness Calendar

If you have an event or class you would like to include in the monthly Health and Fitness Calendar, call Jessie at (850) 973-4141 or email Mondays The Madison County Senior Center offers Tai Chi classes, every Monday, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi is a low impact exercise that improves strength, reduces pain and stiffness and can help reduce falls by building better balance. The center is located at 1162 SW Harvey Greene Drive, in Madison. For more information, call (850) 973-4241. Saturday, April 11 Great Strides 5K…

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Is it time to cut the C.R.A.P?

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