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 Tallahassee, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health is accepting submissions for the 2018 Healthy Community Champion Recognition Program. Over the past four years, the department has recognized more than 142 new and returning champions for their efforts to increase physical activity and improve nutrition as part of the Healthiest Weight Florida Initiative. Last year alone, 98 cities and counties were recognized. The application window will be open through April 30, 2018.

The Florida Department of Health encourages all Floridians to put the flu vaccine between you and the disease this year by receiving your flu vaccination today! Check with your physician, your county health department, or use our Flu Shot Locator to schedule your flu vaccine. Each week during flu season, DOH publishes the Florida Flu Review that provides a comprehensive update on the status of influenza and influenza-like illness in the state. The most recent is available here. Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information on how to be a part of #FluFreeFL. 

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The Florida Department of Health in Highlands County urges everyone to be safe during this recent cold weather. Some safety tips are: Stay indoors as much as possible. If you go outside, dress in multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing. - Be sure to check on family and friends who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards, such as young children, older adults, and those who are chronically ill. - Heat your home safely. If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. - Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by NEVER using a generator, charcoal or gas grills indoors, even in a garage. Carbon monoxide is a very deadly odorless, colorless gas that cannot be detected without a CO detector. - Leave your home's water taps slightly open so they drip continuously and pipes won't freeze. - Eat well-balanced meals to stay warmer. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Drink warm beverages instead. - Provide pets a warm shelter. - Wild animals can be displaced by cold weather. Stay clear of wild or feral animals, especially if they look sick or appear injured. For more information on cold weather safety, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Winter Weather Preparedness page

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