St. Patrick's Day - Fun For The Family!

Posted by Jahnese Herrick-Overton on 3/2/18 4:07 PM


St. Patrick's Day on March 17th is fast approaching.  And if you think of the holiday, it's pretty amazing how many people turn Irish on this wonderful day! The celebrations that lead into it usually start early, the decorations go up in the home, the office and of course in the marketplace. And green -everything is green. The whole country becomes the Emerald Isle for about a week.


Usually you see the parties beginning for all the night establishments. Green beer is spilling by the gallons.   But how about the family fun? What's going on in Central Florida?

Central Florida is a very family friendly place to be normally but especially so during our holidays. And one of the nice things about our area often is a lot of free things to do with your family to celebrate the holiday of the moment!  So I found a list of events, with excerpts about them, written by, Axis Contributor, , to help get the word out!  Here goes.

The first event I suggest is this weekend, Sunday so if you are looking for something to do check it out.  And if you are new to the area, it takes place in Winter Park,  a lovely place to spend an afternoon with lots of shops and eatery's for your enjoyment.  And if you check out the last line about the Irish dancing, I know Sarah Costello, and I am sure this will be a top notch performance.

40th Annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 4 @ 2 p.m.
Park Avenue & Central Park, Winter Park, FL 32798

The 40th Annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held the first weekend in March. This will be Central Florida’s only St. Patrick’s Day Parade, so dress in green and join the family-friendly celebration. The parade, with more than 75 units, will step off at the Winter Park Country Club and head south down Park Ave. to Lyman Ave. The celebration will also feature Irish step dancing and music at the main stage in Central Park. Three Irish dance schools will demonstrate Irish dancing, including Sarah Costello, Tir Na Greine, and the Watters School of Irish Dance.


Second on the list is out of the area but still reasonably close and would make a great weekend event. It's  held in St. Augustine and is their annual parade, which is sure to please.  I never get tired of visiting this lovely city with it's B&B's, shops and history.  And this parade as you will read below is 418 years old as of the 10th.  How cool is that?!

2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 10 @ 10 a.m.
Francis Field, St. Augustine, FL 32084

The only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Northeast Florida will be held in historic St. Augustine. Over 1,000 participants and thousands of spectators will converge on the city to celebrate St. Augustine’s Celtic heritage. St Augustine's first St. Patrick's Day Parade was in 1600, which is 418 years ago this year. The historic city held the first recorded St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world, according to information on their website. 


Third on the list is in DeLand, Florida,  a little closer to home. Free Celtic music, and their famous Corn Beef Cook-Off! (Small Charge To Taste) Sounds yummy. Please note it is an evening event.





  4th Annual Shamrocks & Shenanigans

  March 15 @ 5 p.m.
  Earl Brown Park, 750 South Alabama Ave., Deland, FL 32724

 Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this free concert featuring a Celtic band. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket for comfort at this event hosted by the City of DeLand Parks & Recreation. 


rainbow-163534_640.jpgFinally on the 17th, there  is a great festival in Melbourne. Full of fun for everyone. It starts at 8:00 -Parade starts at 11:00, so get there early!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Meg O’Malley’s Shamrockin’ Festival in Melbourne
March 17 @ 11 a.m.
New Haven Avenue, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

The Fulton J Sheen Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Meg O’Malley’s Restaurant and Irish Pub will host the 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Melbourne. There will be a free live music indoors and outdoors at Meg O’Malley’s Shamrockin’ Festival all day. The entertainment lineup will include Bagpipers, Irish Dancers, Collie Buddz, and more.  





Some of these things will cost a little money if you participate, but the parades are free for sure!  

And remember, enjoy our festivities with a mind towards safety. Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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Why You Might Need to Have a CPR and First-Aid Certification on Your Resume!

Posted by Marilena Deniear on 2/28/18 4:24 PM


If you were to ask someone if they are  CPR and First-Aid certified, most likely they would respond no but believe it would be a good idea if they were trained.   According to United Press International, "Fewer than one in five American adults has current training in CPR." 

Even though heart attacks are more likely to occur to people who are elderly, have prior heart conditions, and are overweight or have poor health, anyone at any age could have a heart attack.  Not only can a heart attack affect anyone, it can also occur at any time anywhere.  Suppose you find yourself in a situation where you are the only person in the room and someone suddenly goes into cardiac arrest!  Ouch! 


What's even scarier is that you may be surrounded by people who know how to perform CPR but they are not willing to help.  According to the American Heart Association,  "61 percent – worry they could unintentionally injure the victim," making them unwilling to help in this life or death situation. 

In order to overcome this fear, it's best to keep up with CPR training and know CPR best practices.  Plus, a CPR certification is only valid for two years.  Something you should want to keep up with, if you take your CPR training seriously. 


Not only is it important to know CPR to save a life, but it can also be a crucial factor in your career.  Read the list below to find out what jobs can either require you to be CPR certified or prefer you to have gone through the training prior to starting work.


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  • Flight Attendant
  • Daycare Worker
  • Camp Counselor
  • High School Students
  • Lifeguard and Swim Instructor
  • Construction Worker
  • Teachers
  • Massage Therapist
  • Coaches and Gym Teachers
  • Martial Arts Trainer
  • Recreational Staff
  • Personal and Group Athletic Trainer
  • Police
  • Firemen
  • Manager
  • Babysitter
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Detention Officer
  • Electrician
  • Security Guard
  • Loss Prevention Detective
  • Girl/ Boy Scouts
  • Life Skills Teacher
  • Support Professional
  • Resort Driver
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Safety Supervisor
  • Any career in the medical field
    • Doctor
    • Nurse
    • EMT
    • Health Aide


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Do you need to get CPR or First-Aid certified?  United Safety Council offer these certifications every month! Our next class is Monday, March 12, 2018.


Course Description:

(4-hrs each). Ideal for first time training or re-certification. Fulfills OSHA requirements for training first aid responders. CPR and First-Aid is invaluable as it often enables you to lessen the severity of injuries, save money on workers compensation claims and prepares you to SAVE LIVES.

 Note: $50 each for CPR or First-Aid only, if taken separately.



CPR: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lunch: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

First Aid: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.




  $90.00 ($45.00 each) 


$100.00 ($50.00 each)


If you already are certified in CPR and First-Aid and want to become a trainer, the United Safety Council is holding a CPR  First-Aid Instructor Certification Course on March 5 - 6, 2018!


Course Description:

Students receive certification in the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) CPR & First Aid Programs.   

NOTE: Students also receive both course curriculums which include a PowerPoint Disk and video DVD for both courses .

 What you will learn from this program:

  • What to look for before administering CPR
  • How to properly administer CPR
  • How to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
  • How to provide First Aid to an injured person

Easy-to-teach programs that focus on hands-on



8 a.m. – 5 p.m.









1505 E. Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL 32803

Contact: Glenn Victor

Call: 407-920-1039  Email:  Visit:

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Heart Health, My Personal Experience, And I Promise Some Cute Puppies! 

Posted by Jahnese Herrick-Overton on 2/23/18 12:11 PM

So we are in the midst of February, and most of us probably know it's Heart Health Month.  And we all pretty much know what the message is because that little red dress, pictures of hearts with stethoscopes, The American Heart Association logo, are everywhere.  And most of us probably ignore it too.  I mean, we participate, donate, all the typical things associated with it.  Same old same old, right?  But I am here to say attention to Heart Month is worthy of a little love.   




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So Go Red equates to:


Get Your Numbers    Own Your Lifestyle   Realize Your Risk   Educate Your Family   Don't Be Silent


If you do not know already, heart disease is the Silent Killer. 


Well, in case you haven't already realized, this was how I looked at heart health's a good cause, now pass me the coffee!

And as I mentioned, I am going to share with the world, a personal experience.  Just to set expectations, I am not leading up to a sob story about a near-death experience.  But I did have a scare with my vision...and it turns out that though we don't know for sure, my doctors and I feel it was probably my blood pressure that caused my now permanently damaged retina.


Are you still with me?      GO-RED GO-RED GO-RED GO-RED GO-RED GO-RED GO-RED GO-RED


I will be brief.

I workout.  I am pretty fit for my age.  Not overweight.  And I am a healthy eater.  Not a "healthy eater" but I am pretty self-disciplined about what I put into my body.  The only thing that I did that was probably not the smartest thing to do, is drink a lot of coffee.  Water too, lots of water, but a LOT of coffee.  Ten cups a day easily.  So, when my doctor wanted to put me on BP medicine, for a pretty borderline number that sometimes spiked to the 140's over 80...I fought it.  *In case you are unaware of what proper blood pressure should be, use this chart below for your reference.  

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I decided to take a more holistic approach.  I lowered salt intake, I drank and still drink herb teas that are somewhat proven to be effective in maintaining heart health.  I decided I would take control of my life.



But eventually, because the BP started to spike a little, I agreed and got on medication.


It took a while to find the right one.  It indeed was a pain in the you know what because medication changes you.  But I finally got one that didn't make me feel tired, cough a lot, works.


So life goes on. I work my butt off, play on my off time, and feel really good.






Well while going through this daily existence we call life, I decided to change up my workout routine. I joined a very intense gym that is a circuit training kind of routine, with heart monitors, big screens, the whole new age exercise kick butt into shape thing! 







No...a little tougher than this but I promised puppies...cute puppies...


It was more like this:





Anyway, segue into my career here, home events, again what we call life.  All are great.  But I am an intense person at times.  And remember I mentioned coffee.  Well, long hours, lots of stuff to accomplish, ten cups on average felt right.




Now with this little story, I will drift into a regular doctor's appointment.  Of course, I hate doctor's offices, and I get a thing called "white coat syndrome" thus my blood pressure always elevates.  And add ten cups of coffee, okay, you've got the picture.


So understandably, my doctor is stating, let's change up the blood pressure.  But I am refusing.  She is also mentioning cholesterol medicine.  But it's borderline.  No, I said, I will lower it with oatmeal, less red meat; lose weight, you have heard the drill I am sure.   So I leave with a plan.  A woman in control! 

So now we have to go back to my new exercise routine.  

One night after my workout, I didn't feel well.  Now I know you may think you know where this is going, but believe me, BP is still the silent killer, so I didn't have a heart incident, but I had a terrible headache.  A TERRIBLE HEADACHE.  I have had a couple of migraines in my life...and I was tired, remember I push myself, so I went home and took the very rarely ever taken ibuprofen and drank a ton more water.


Next day, all is well. I feel great...this day turns into weeks.  Back to the routine.


Up comes my annual eye exam.  I have 20/20 distance, but I need reading glasses. (I am older and I am not sharing the number.)   I went for the appointment, no worries...thinking of contacts yet again, and I get to the eye test that your click when you see the pong-like line to check one's peripheral vision.  

One eye failed.  I tried again because I am also tiny I felt the chin rest was too high, my interpretation of the issue, and my control of the situation, and I failed again.




Without getting into too much detail, my vision exam turned into a medical exam, and I have a rushed appointment to a retina specialist,  Ophthalmologist of course.


Fast forward to the results. I am fortunate that the damage to the retina is on the outer perimeter of my eye; which is why I did not notice it in my daily vision.  I am hopeful that it will not become more pronounced, and that I will not need monthly injections in my eye someday.  Yuck!!! Think of your worst fantasy novel, medieval days...Yuck!  But remember the headache?  It was severe, right behind that very eye.  And from the looks of the pictures captured from the eye, the timeline of the occurrence is approximated at the time of my headache! 


So people, pay attention to the numbers, GO RED!  And listen to your doctor.  And BTW...I am down to two cups of coffee, and I do a lot of walking!  Of course, I still lift the puppies! 


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Tags: Heart Health, Blood Pressure, Go Red

What Types of Food are Good and Bad for Your Heart!

Posted by Marilena Deniear on 2/16/18 1:17 PM

When it comes to heart health, the first way you might think to improve your heart is to start incorporating exercise more into your daily routine.  Yes, this is a very key factor in improving your health and staying fit but it should not be the only one.  Another critical area to focus on and pay attention to is what you are eating.  What you put into your body can be just as critical as making sure you exercise or take your medications.  

Many foods out there alone could put you at risk for heart disease.  For some, watching what you eat might be more crucial than for others.  Due to health complications and poor diet individuals may be suffering from hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetic heart disease.  Even if you are not diagnosed with these diseases, it’s important to be aware of how you can prevent these diseases from happening to you.  In order to prevent or alleviate hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetic heart disease follow these dos and don’ts listed below for what food you should avoid or eat.


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The American Heart Association defines high blood pressure to be "the force of your blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels is consistently too high."  Simply this means your heart has to work harder to pump the blood into your arteries.  Eventually, this will wear down your heart and can cause further damage and disease. 



Foods that contribute to high blood pressure typically contain a high salt content.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture, an average adult should intake no more than 2300 mg a day as part of their overall diet.  Salt is a concern in our diet because it reduces the amount of water in our body. Too much salt affect the balance of your kidneys to filter fluid properly.  This ultimately could lead to kidney failure as well.


Foods that contain high levels of salt:

  • Beef Jerky
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Ketchup
  • Tomatoes Sauce
  • Cold Cuts
  • Potato chips
  • Popcorn
  • Ramen Noodles
  • French Fries
  • Frozen Dinners
  • Pickles
  • Soy
  • Hot dogs

For more information check out this blog 



Foods that lower blood pressure: 

  • Skim milk
  • Eggs
  • Broccoli
  • Beat Juice
  • Sesame and Rice oil
  • Bananas
  • Dark chocolate
  • White Beans
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Fat Free Yogurt
  • Kiwifruit
  • Peaches
  • Kale
  • Red Bell Peppers

For more information check out this blog 



Hypercholesterolemia (High Cholesterol)

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There is both bad and good forms of cholesterol for your body.  The Northwest Florida Heart Institute shares with us that “High density lipoproteins (HDL)—can remove cholesterol and other fats from the blood.” However, Low density lipoproteins (LDL)—causes build up of cholesterol and other fats in the blood vessels. LDL cholesterol is what you want to aim to avoid.  When build up occurs in the arties, it makes it harder for the blood to be able to flow throw the blood vessel. Foods that raise your LDLs are foods that are saturated in fats trans fats.



 Foods that contain high levels of saturated fat:

  • Coffee Creamer
  • Ice Cream
  • Fried Chicken
  • Margarine
  • Biscuits
  • Cheese Whiz
  • Pizza
  • Croissants
  • Sausage
  • French Fries
  • Red meat
  • Whole fat milk
  • Cheese
  • Chicken Skin

 For more information check out this blog 



 Foods that lower your cholesterol:

  • Walnuts
  • Chickpeas
  • Oatmeal
  • Vegetable oil
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Citrus fruit
  • Fatty Fish
  • Eggplant
  • Okra
  • Olive oil
  • Flaxseed
  • Chia seeds
  • Avocado

For more information check out this blog 



Diabetic Heart Disease

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Diabetic heart disease pertains to people who develop heart disease after already being diagnosed with having diabetes.  People who already have diabetes are at much higher risk of developing heart disease than those who don’t.  However, a nondiabetic person can develop type 2 diabetes due to contributing factors such as lack of exercise and poor diet.  

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease states that someone with diabetes may feel increased thirst and urination, increased hunger, fatigue, blurred vision, numbness or tingling in the feet or hands, sores, unexplained weight loss.  Diabetes can lead to high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and an increased chance of having a heart attack or stroke.  




Foods that can raise risk for diabetes:

  • White Rice
  • Flavored Coffees
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Nachos
  • Boxed Cereal
  • Whitebread
  • Soda
  • Candies
  • Baked goods
  • Alcohol
  • Flavored Water
  • Fried Food
  • Purchased Smoothies
  • Frosting in a jar

 For more information check out this blog 



Food that are good for diabetics:

  • Beans
  • Salmon
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Berries
  • Dates
  • Turnip
  • Mustard
  • Beet greens
  • Peanut butter
  • Basil
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Sweet Potatoes

 For more information check out this blog 


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Tags: Heart Month, Heart Health

How Can I Make My Heart Healthier?

Posted by Marilena Deniear on 2/9/18 3:19 PM

What was your New Year’s resolution?  Did it have anything to do with getting healthier?   It’s already February believe it or not and that means it is American Heart Month. 

The American Heart Association wants to remind us that our heart health is a preeminent health issue and should be taken seriously.  According to the American Public Health Association, “Heart disease, in particular, continues to be the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 370,000 Americans every year.”  It’s imperative as a nation that we begin making heart health an everyday concern for our lives.  If you are unsure of how to begin improving your heart health, here are several areas in which you can start focusing on to prepare for a healthier you.



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Exercise is a key part of staying healthy, that's not news to anyone.  However, many of us still do little to nothing about it.  Surprisingly, the American Heart Association’s statistics reveal that “On average, 1 in 3 adults, or 30.4% do not engage in leisure-time physical activity.”  Most of the time we tend to make excuses telling ourselves there is just not enough time in the day, which is understandable.  Typically, adults find their time being consumed by going to work, picking up their children from school, making dinner, and making sure they get some quality time with the family.  But heart health is just as important. 

Start small by incorporating your exercise routine little by little.  Maybe make a goal that a few times a week you schedule thirty to sixty minutes for exercise after work or before you get ready for dinner.  It's important to have some cardio in order to get your heart pumping.  Just think about how much more appealing dinner will be after you get done with that active cardio workout. 

There are many cardio workout videos out there today that specialize in 30-minute cardio exercises.  (Although before starting any of these workout videos, you should consult with your physician first so that you know the routine is right for you.)   Also, since heart health affects everyone, why not make it a family effort to get active. That extra time spent with your family at the end of the day can be spent by performing a group activity such as a sport or taking a brisk walk in the park.

 For young adults as well, time constraints may limit their ability to stay physically active.  If you’re in your last couple of years of High School, you may start to pull away from your usual sports activities to spend time on other things such as studying for the SATs or looking for a college or a job to attend to after graduation.  If you’re a young adult in college you may be already struggling to balance your social time along with your studies and not want to then spend time on trying to exercise.   Why not incorporate healthy cardio activity time with your friends?   Ask them about any sports or healthy activities they are into so that you might find others to join you in a workout.  You can check out your school clubs to see if there are any physical activities to join that require less of a commitment.


Make a Doctor’s Appointment

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Even if you seem perfectly healthy, it is always a good idea to get a physical every year. Making an appointment to go see your primary care physician can help you discover what health problems that weren’t apparent. By running a few basic standard procedures, doctors can quickly detect what is going on in your body. Your checkup also provides you with the opportunity to ask your doctor any questions about pain or discomfort you make have. If you have had episodes of frequent chest pain and have been under a lot of stress lately, it may be a good idea to see a cardiologist.  The Cardiology Consultants of South Florida & The Vein Center recommend you see a cardiologist if you are experiencing any of the following.

  • Chest pain
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the upper abdomen, jaw, neck, throat and/or back
  • Feeling of cold, weakness, pain, or numbness in limbs
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Dizziness, fainting, or lightheadedness


Check Your Family History

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Ever wonder why when going to see a doctor or having a medical procedure done you have to answer numerous questions about your own family’s health?  Your family’s medical history can warn you of what potential medical risks you may encounter in the future.  However, this does not mean that if one family member has a certain medical issue then you will inevitably develop that same issue.  Start by going through the health history of your siblings and parents. Then, try expanding your health record by asking about the health history of other family members such a your grandparents, cousins, and aunts and uncles. Knowing what medical problems your relatives have or had can help you and your doctor monitor yourself for these potential problems.  You may be at higher risk for heart disease if you have “a father or brother that had heart disease before age 55 or a mother or sister that had heart disease before age 65” according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.  Hopefully, if your doctor does find something wrong, the problem will be caught early enough so that you can reverse or lessen the results.  The American Heart Association also warns that other genetic factors can put you at risk as well.  African Americans face higher risks for high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.  One in three Hispanics will suffer from high blood pressure, and nearly half will battle high blood cholesterol.  Follow the chart below to understand what blood pressure numbers mean.

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Even though this seems easier said than done, it’s important to strive to relax as much as possible. When we don’t relax enough in our lives, our stress starts to begin to affect other areas of our health. Most of the time when people begin to get so overwhelmed with stress they begin to lose sleep.  When this becomes constant, the lack of sleep can put a major strain on your heart.  This can make you become vulnerable to heart disease if you receive less than seven hours sleep each night.  A professor of medicine and neurology and Director of the Emory Sleep Center in Atlanta, Nancy Collop, M.D, urges people to get between seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

Another reason why you need to remember to stay relaxed is so that you can avoid or control high blood pressure.  The American Heart Association informs us that “85.7 million, or 34.0% of US adults are estimated to have hypertension.”  High blood pressure can lead to stroke and potential brain damage.  It can also lead to heart attack, kidney disease, vision loss, angina, and peripheral artery disease.  

Try to remember next time you get stressed to take a deep breath and remind yourself that your health is more important.  Take time out of your day to have a moment to yourself.   Perhaps you can go for a nice quiet walk or practice some yoga.  Have a hobby or activity that you enjoy?  Don’t put it off because you have other things to do.  Do what makes you happy and you will find yourself less stressed.


Avoid the Smoke

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This goes for both smokers and nonsmokers.  Secondhand smoke can cause the same or worse effects to nonsmokers as smokers because you are being exposed to all of the same toxins.  Smoking highly increases your rate of heart disease.  Go Red for Women warns women that a female smoker has a 25% increase in developing heart disease over men.  Provided in a list below, Go Red for Women shares what potential damages smoking can do to your heart.  

  • Nicotine makes your heart rate and blood pressure skyrocket.
  • Carbon monoxide and tobacco rob your heart, brain, and arteries of oxygen.
  • It damages your blood vessels and makes your blood sticky – a recipe for blood clots.
  • It lowers your tolerance for physical activity and decreases HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • If you take oral contraceptives it increases your blood pressure and risk of stroke and heart attack.


Eat Right

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In the last few decades, we have seen some major changes already to how our nation views healthy eating.  Originally people and companies did not care how healthy their food was but how fast, cheap, and long you could store it.  Now more than ever healthier food has become more accessible to us.  People now are more aware of how food can directly affect a person’s health and longevity.  Our pop culture today portrays healthy food and recipes now as “trendy.”  But it’s important to understand the real reason why you should be jumping on the bandwagon for some these trends.  Eating properly will help prevent you from developing health issues.

One health issue to watch for from the result of poor eating is your cholesterol.  Go Red for Women references that a person experiences bad cholesterol when the substance “builds in the inner walls of your arteries over time, it hardens and turns into plaque. That plaque can narrow the artery walls and reduce blood flow.”  This build-up could cause you to have a heart attack.  It is best to stay away from foods that are processed and contain trans fats. 

Another health issue you should be concerned about is diabetes.  According to the American Heart Foundation, diabetes can lead to high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol and high triglycerides, and obesity.  Even if you don’t have diabetes right now, it’s still important to avoid consuming large amounts of sugar every day and to avoid developing type 2 diabetes.  


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Tags: Heart Month, Heart Health

How to Take Your Road Test in Seminole County Today!

Posted by Marilena Deniear on 2/2/18 2:36 PM


Why the Florida Safety Council Can Improve Your Road Test Experience.

Attention Seminole County Residents … do you need to take your Road Test? Have you just turned 16 and would like to get your license on the day of your birthday? Or have you just moved to the United States and your driver's license is the first step in establishing residency?

Maybe you are a parent of a teenager, or you're an adult who has never taken their road test and would like more information on how to sign up for that road test. If so, it's likely you are going to want to wrap up the process as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Your Seminole County Tax Collector, Mr. Joel Greenberg is well aware and has taken measures to ensure that the constituents of Seminole County experience the utmost in convenience and quick service.  

Joel Greenberg has now partnered with the Florida Safety Council to enable his Seminole County citizens the ability to take their road test on a same day notice.  This partnership between the Seminole County Tax Collector's office and the Florida Safety Council is a massive step for cutting down the wait times at any of the Seminole County Tax Collector offices.  The Florida Safety Council offers several ways to put your mind at ease when looking to take your road test.


No Wait Times

Seminole County has seen a high increase in demand by Seminole County residents wishing to take their road tests. This demand may result in making an appointment for a future date or time that is less convenient.  Thus, the reason why Joel Greenberg and the Florida Safety Council have partnered! To provide available road tests with no wait times; welcoming walk-ins that are greeted by a staff that is happy to help place you in the next available time slot. Hopefully making your life more comfortable, and possibly shortening that ever-present "To Do" list that many of us are always battling. So why not step out of line and visit the Florida Safety Council’s Casselberry Office in Seminole County!  Or call for an appointment, 407-831-7200.


Road Test Prep Course

Do you need to get your driver’s license but are feeling a little nervous? Are you about to turn 16 and are unsure if you are ready for your road test? If yes, call 407-897-4451 and ask about our Road Test Prep Course offered here at the Florida Safety Council. We can arrange for you to take this prep, before your test date. This course will provide you with a quick refresher on best driving practices as well as refresh your memory concerning the rules of the road.  Even if you’re an adult, you may benefit from this course as well.

Exceptional driving comes with experience and time.  Even if you already hold a driver’s license in another country, the United States may have different road signs and traffic laws that you might be unfamiliar with, making this another good reason why you might want to check out the Road Test Prep Course.  Also, if you need more than just a refresher course, you can sign up for the regular driving lessons with the Florida Safety. One, lesson or a package, we've got you covered.


Don’t Have a Car? Use Ours!

If you have taken lessons with the Florida Safety Council, or the Road Test Prep Course, you may already be familiar with our cars.

The Florida Safety Council offers state-approved vehicles that are available for roads rests or driving lessons. These cars are well maintained to meet safety standards that families can trust. Our employees check and monitor these vehicles daily to make sure that all lights, signals, horns, brakes, and more are all working correctly.

Some students may feel more comfortable taking their road test in the car that they practiced in or prefer the student driver car over their own.  If you need to get a license right away to establish residency but don’t have a car yet, this can be the perfect opportunity for you or anyone who does not own their vehicle.

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Friendly and Safe Service

Usually, when someone finds out that they have to go to the DMV, they typically aren't looking forward to going and probably dread the idea entirely. Not only is there a mindset that there will be a wait for what seems like an endless line but also you may feel like you are just another number, and any hope for special attention is a daydream.

The Florida Safety Council strives to provide a family-like atmosphere where our clients can feel welcome and comfortable while engaging their time with our company. Our employees want to provide each customer with a friendly smile and a pleasant experience. We realize that you are important, and will do everything in our power to help. Customer feedback is paramount to the Florida Safety Council, and we listen for ways to improve our customer experience.  Since we are the "Safety Council," this makes your safety our priority.

We promote safety in every phase of life: in the home, on the road, in schools, businesses, industrial facilities, and government. Driver Improvement Programs are designed to encourage safe and courteous driving habits by enhancing defensive driving abilities and awareness.

The Florida Safety Council takes additional steps even further to ensure that our customers and our fellow employees are in a safe environment. Every employee that works for the Florida Safety Council before hire,  must pass both a Criminal Background Check and a Drug Screen. The instructors for both the road test and lessons are certified, State of Florida approved instructors. Every instructor at the Florida Safety Council has undergone extensive training in various levels of driver’s education as well.

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If you are already familiar with Seminole County Tax Collector’s Casselberry office, you will be happily surprised to find out that the Florida Safety Council is just around the corner! If you live in Seminole County, come by our office in Casselberry at 7800 S Us Hwy. 17-92 Suite 100, Casselberry, FL 32730 or one of our other locations in Central Florida.

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Is English not your first language?  The Florida Safety Council offers lessons in English and Spanish. 

Road tests are currently being given in English or Spanish; however, please bring a translator for any other languages!


Driver License Road Testing






1505 E. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803

MON - FRI 8 AM to 4 PM and SAT 8 AM to 3 PM



7800 S Us Hwy. 17-92 Suite 100
Casselberry, FL 32730

MON - FRI 8 AM to 4 PM and SAT 8 AM to 3 PM



1515 Elizabeth Street, Suite C
Melbourne, FL 32901

TUE - FRI 8 AM to 4 PM and SAT 8 AM to 3 PM



3501 W. Vine Street, Suite 124

MON - FRI 8:00AM - 5:00PM



9389 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612

Appointments only on Saturdays



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The Florida Safety Council promotes safety in every phase of life.  


Tags: Driving Lessons, Road Test, Seminole County

Super Bowl LII Safe Driving Tips! 

Posted by Jahnese Herrick-Overton on 2/1/18 9:11 AM

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It's Super Bowl LII!  Let's get this party started! 

The Super Bowl is an exciting event to spend with friends and family, and it's finally here!  And this upcoming Sunday, people will be coming together to watch the big game, which most likely will include drinking.   

Whether you are hosting a party, or meeting friends at a venue that caters to this event, be sure to have a plan in place to keep you, and your friends and family safe.  


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Today, we are fortunate because there are plenty of ways to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday and have a couple of drinks with your friends responsibly.  And while watching the game and drinking is a lot of fun, it's also essential to remain safe and make smart choices.

One smart option is not to get behind the wheel if you plan on drinking during the game. Pick a designated driver.  This is a message that has been in our communities for years now.  And today there are even more options available instead of picking that one friend, and they are truly pretty affordable! 

Here are some of those affordable transportation options:

  • UberLyft: These ride share apps are available to you 24/7
  • Taxi's: Call your local taxi company, or perform a quick search for one on your Smartphone 
  • Busses: Take the bus for a cheap transportation option, just make sure check the bus route ahead of time 
  • Trains: Check your local train schedule to see if they are available
  • AAA: If you find yourself in a predicament call Triple AAA. For more information click here.  They offer free rides on special days.  They will even tow your vehicle. 

Planning your ride to and from these party events will cost a little money and a bit of your time, but the cost of getting a DUI for an unplanned night of drinking, would require a heck of a lot more time and money. 

The DUI Penalties for first offenders in the state of FL include:

  • A fine of $250-$500
  • Legal defense costs, fines, and auto insurance increase will average around $8,000
  • 50 hours of community service 
  • 1 year of probation 
  • Imprisonment
  • License Revocation 
  • 12 hours of DUI school
  • If you are under 21 you will get your license suspended for 6 months with ANY alcohol in your system

At the minimum, you will owe thousands of dollars in expenses from a DUI.  At the worst you could kill someone with a DUI.   Planning your ride by using a ride share, public transportation, or a designated driver is a lot easier to manage. 

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Make the commitment to be a responsible partier. Plan your ride.  Tell others to do the same!

The Super Bowl is taking place this year at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.  It's important that everyone makes smart decisions regardless of where they are celebrating this iconic event.

If you or someone you know is attending the Super Bowl this year and are not familiar with the area, please, check out some great transportation options provided by Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. Just click the picture, to get to their site. There is lots of helpful information provided on their site, published just for this event!  Also, check with your hotel to see what alternative transportation options are available. Some hotels provide shuttles to and from the stadium. 

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So there you have it.  Take a ride share, get a designated driver, call a friend or family member, or stay in for the night and enjoy a beer on your couch.  The safe options you have are endless!





Enjoy watching the New England Patriots vs. the Philadelphia Eagles this Super Bowl Sunday on February 4, 2018!  Oh, and did I mention that Justin Timberlake is performing at the halftime show?  Just saying....



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The Florida Safety Council promotes safety in every phase of life.  


Tags: Don't Drink and Drive, Super Bowl, Ride Share

Benefits of Using Facebook To Find a Business

Posted by Samantha Daleb on 1/25/18 12:33 PM


Facebook has become a worldwide socialization site people use to stay connected to one another. There are over 1 billion Facebook users today and the number continues to grow.

Businesses have created their own Facebook pages to keep people informed and up to date with company news, product offerings, and important events.  Many companies also use this as their primary website and contact source.  Apparently, it is working because the numbers are growing. Here are some benefits to following a business on Facebook:



Using Facebook messenger is a great way to reach out and ask your unanswered questions.  Usually, you will receive a quick response to any questions or comments you may have.  And some companies allow you to see what the typical response time will be, so there will be a sense of service, before actually hearing from anyone.  This form of messaging has become a trendy alternative to calling or sending an e-mail.  It can also be beneficial if you only have access to wifi or if you're writing after business hours.


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The almighty customer opinion!  The ability to see another's opinion is one of the coolest features because it is a convenient word of mouth "yay or nay," based on other people's experiences.  Included is an area for ratings or stars so that you may see the average of the reviews at a glance.  Again, seeing this type of discussion is very helpful when you aren't quite sure about the company or organization, and you want to learn more.  You can also write your own review, as well as comment on people's posts to inform others about your experience.  A brilliant add to consumer power! 



Some business pages give you the option of donating to their organization.  Usually a nonprofit, they are always looking for charitable donations.  Florida Safety Council is presently working on building a donate option on their page where you can use PayPal to give.  PayPal is a safe and secure way to transfer money, and widely accepted as the electronic wallet of choice. 

The Florida Safety Council is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to make driving safety a priority within our community.  Today, the Council exists to promote safety in every phase of life: In the home, on the road, in schools, businesses, and industrial facilities.  We represent people and businesses working together to prevent injuries and fatalities as well as the costs associated with them.   


Often companies will be promoting an event on Facebook.  As a Facebook user, this can be a great way to keep up with what the business is hosting. You can stay informed and register for events without having to call.  Signing up for an event will no longer feel like a hassle!  There may even be links that direct you to the site to make it quick and easy for you to obtain information such as schedule, who's involved, everything you are looking for in one location!



And of course the very beginning of it all, the post.  There is a benefit to being able to view every post about the business. People often will post helpful information, or need to knows using posts.  Reading other's posts and adding your own is a great way to be virtually connected in the community!  That could be one reason why Facebook has become such a successful format for the business scene. Information is easily accessible, informative and time saving to the interested party!




Following a business will guarantee that all of their information will show up on your news feed.  This will prevent you from missing important information they have to share.  You can even choose the "see first" option so that all of the business's posts will show up before anything else on your news feed.  Make sure to follow the page you are interested in so you don't miss out on any discount offers or things of interest posted by the company you are following. 





If you click on the About button you will find all the contact information such as the address, phone numbers, office hours, and a link to their website.  You will also find the business's story if you're interested in getting to know more about the organization and how it came to be.



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Business pages are very beneficial if you're interested in learning more about a specific company. They give you access to a lot of information and offers that their company website may not display. For instance, consumer  reviews, quick moving events, and event schedules.

Many business's list their icon on their home page, ours is at the bottom of our home page.   Stay up to date with the Florida Safety Council and follow our Facebook page by clicking here







The Florida Safety Council promotes safety in every phase of life.  


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Our mission is to reduce preventable injuries and save lives through highly effective safety and health education, professional testing and monitoring. We promote safety in every phase of life: in the home, on the road, in schools, businesses, industrial facilities and government. The United Safety Council represents people and businesses working together to prevent mishaps, injuries and fatalities and the costs associated with them.


Our vision is people living and working safely, protecting the safety and health of those around them.

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