Health

The global humanitarian organization Save the Children is supporting efforts to promote breastfeeding among new mothers in Haiti to ensure the protection of the youngest and most vulnerable survivors of the devastating January 12 earthquake. The agency has translated internationally recognized public health messages into Creole, which are currently being broadcast on local radio stations.
A popular South Florida church is getting a jump start on the New Year's fitness craze , offering a program that combines spirituality classes and exercise to get enthusiasts and amateurs on track. The program, Fit for Love, offers a different approach to losing weight and overall health and wellness. Sessions will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesda, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Universal Truth Center for Better Living, 21310 NW 37th Ave. in Miami Gardens.
Miami Dade College (MDC) will once again offer free medical, dental and vision screenings to hundreds in the community at its popular Fifth Annual Community Health Fair, sponsored by Aetna, which will take place at the college's Medical Center Campus, located in the heart of the city's medical district, on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.The fair, free and open to all ages, will include glaucoma, glucose and cholesterol tests, some mammograms,  information on nutrition, heart disease, cancer prevention, a blood drive, and so much more. This year's new event will be a “Stress Relief Zone that will include free chair massages and more.
The City of Doral and Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez invite Doral residents, business owners, and employees working within the city to join the Get Fit Doral wellness challenge and get in shape! Get Fit Doral is a city-wide community initiative to increase physical activity, promote healthy eating and build awareness of health issues. The purpose of this Wellness Challenge is to inspire Doral residents to achieve their personal goals for a fit mind, body and spirit throughout 2011.
Audiology students, professors, and alumnus from Nova Southeastern University's College of Allied Health and Nursing travelled to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) last month to provide hearing exams for special needs children. The group tested 141 children between Feb.27 to March 3. Of those tested, 32 children were found to have hearing loss. The team went to BVI because the islands do not have an audiologist. One of the NSU audiology students, Gennell Bowen, is a BVI native who initiated the project. Some of the children with hearing loss will be candidates for hearing aids, while others will eventually need cochlear implants.
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