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Resources for Diabetes Awareness

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Across the First Coast there are a variety of resources available for people living with diabetes. Here is a list of a few good places to start.

American Diabetes Association
7825 Baymeadows Way
Suite 104A

Diabetes and Nutrition Resources
820 Prudential Dr.
Suite 416

YMCA Diabetes Support Group
Yates Family YMCA
221 Riverside Ave.

Northeast Florida Pediatric Diabetes Center
825 Prudential Dr.
Howard Bldg. Suite 303

Baptist Health / Nutrition and Diabetes Resource Department
820 Prudential Drive
Suite 416

First Coast Medical and Health Science Education Programs

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Compiled by Joshua Bragenberg

The First Coast has a variety of medical studies available, whether it is in Jacksonville or St. Augustine. Students can study anything from nursing to physical therapy. Here, we have compiled a list of heath science majors offered at local colleges.

Jacksonville University- School of Nursing, School of Applied Science
• Jacksonville University offers Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate programs in the field of nursing. JU is committed to providing a learning environment that prepares nurses to work at all levels of this discipline.
• JU’s School of Applied Science offers a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. The bachelor program prepares students for further education in speech language pathology and teaches students the basics of audiology and the sciences of speech and hearing.
• JU’s School of Applied Science also offers a bachelor degree in kinesiology. This program prepares students for the emerging field of the study of human movement.

For more information visit Jacksonville University online at

University of North Florida- Brooks College of
UNF has a Bachelor of Athletic Training to prepare students to prevent, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate injuries and conditions of athletes.
• The exercise science program at UNF offers both a bachelor and master degree to those that desire to pursue a career in physical therapy and public health.
• UNF’s Physical Therapy program has a Doctorate degree that prepares students to take the national licensure examination.
• One of the six flagship programs at UNF, Nutrition and Dietetics, offers students undergraduate and graduate studies to be valued nutrition specialists in hospitals, nursing homes or their communities.
• The Department of Public Health features a variety of programs ranging from community health, aging services, health administration and clinical mental health counseling.
• The flagship School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and graduate programs ranging from a Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist or Clinical Nurse Specialist.
For more information about programs at the University of North Florida- Brooks College of Health visit them online at
University of St.
• The Doctor of Physical therapy program aims to graduate proficient practitioners that specialize in prevention, evaluation and treatment of injuries and other physical problems.
• The Master of Occupational Therapy trains therapists that will help people of all ages who are struggling with physical, developmental and emotional or social issues.

For more information about the University of St. Augustine programs visit them online at

Florida State College at
FSCJ offers an Associate in Science in Nursing that prepares graduates to work in entry-level positions.
• A Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates for evidence-based care and leadership roles.

For more information about Florida State College at Jacksonville visit them online at

Karmic Beauty: Going Pixie with Locks of Love

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By Lindsay Tharp

I have always looked enviously at women with short hair. I would always think to myself, how did they get the guts to chop it? What made them take the plunge? I’m not just talking about a short bob, I’m talking about the women who rock the short pixie cuts. I think there is something so brave about short hair. When you go that short you have nothing to hide behind. Almost all women I meet or see with very short hair have a certain confidence surrounding them. Don’t get me wrong I love long hair, but there is something to be admired about women short hair. It’s like they are saying, “I know I’m beautiful, I am comfortable in my own skin.”
Here is a quote that sums it up nicely-

“With short hair you begin to crave pearl necklaces, long earrings, and a variety of sunglasses. Short hair removes obvious femininity and replaces it with style.” – Joan Juliet Buck for American Vogue, c.1988

This quote along with knowing my 14 inches of hair would go to someone who needed it, was my final push. So I made my appointment at Ten Salon with the lovely Dana Starr.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Locks of Love here is a little more about them:
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

• Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
• Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
• Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist. We are not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process. **If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out it is fine to donate.
• Hair that is swept off of the floor is not usable because it is not bundled in a ponytail or braid.
• Hair that is shaved off and not in a ponytail or braid is not usable. If shaving your head, first divide hair into multiple ponytails to cut off.
• We cannot accept dreadlocks. Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
• Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches.
• Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.
• Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.
• 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece.

Locks of Love was the motivating factor that allowed me to muster the courage to cut my hair. I thought to myself, even if I don’t like how I look with short hair at least I know someone will be getting a nice long wig. Not only do I feel great about donating my hair, but I am also really enjoying the new do!

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