There are many places around the First Coast to enjoy nature with kids. Here is a list of some of our favorite spots to go outside and play!
Tree Hill Nature Center: 7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville FL 32211 / 904.724.4646
Open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, this nature center has a wonderful native animal exhibit, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, and a Florida natural History Museum. You can take a hike on its 50 acres of trails, right in the heart of Arlington. For more info visit www.treehill.org
Kathyrn Abbey Hannah Park: Wonderwood Dr., Jacksonville / 904.249.4700
Open Monday through Sunday, this city park has everything from little cabins you can rent, to over 20 miles of bike and hiking trails, to a freshwater lake with kayak rentals. There is of course the pristine beach to explore as well. For more info visit www.coj.net
Guyana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
This nature reserve houses 2 aquatic preserves, 1 national park, 2 state parks, 2 state forests, and 3 conservation areas. Needless to say, you can get lost in this gorgeous wilderness. There is an education center to tour before setting out on your own adventure. Visit www.gtmnerr.org for more info.
The American Heart Association is advocating to create future generations of lifesavers by teaching evidence-based, hands-on CPR to students before they graduate by adding these types of trainings to classes that are already required for graduation. Ninety percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. Schools prepare students with essential life skills. By adding CPR training in an effort to make the lifesaving skill a normative behavior in response to cardiac events, schools play a critical role in the chain of survival.
Twenty one states in the nation have passed this bill, including all states in the American Heart Association’s Greater Southeast Affiliate (Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee), with the exception of Florida. There are no certification requirements for this training; in just one hour of students’ four year high school career, we can give them the skills they need to help save lives – the lives of families, neighbors and friends. The bill language also allows the schools to be flexible to determine which part of its curriculum the training best fits: health, biology, life skills, PE etc. Students can learn these life-saving skills in the time it takes to watch one TV show.
-Ninety percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
-Nearly 424,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States.
-Most Americans (70 percent) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim.
-80 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings. Statistically speaking, if you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
-Several studies have shown that trainees, including school children, can achieve acceptable levels of proficiency in hands-on CPR in 30 minutes or less.
-When a teen or adult has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without intervention.
-Hands-on CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public.
-Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help that they need before emergency help arrives.
Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home Program. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement. Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville, headed by Dr. Aylin Ozdemir, is one of only two practices in the program to receive recognition in Jacksonville to receive this designation.
“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high- quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Dr. Ozdemir and Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
Said Dr. Ozdemir, “As one of only two practices in the entire market to receive this designation, we are naturally proud of what we have accomplished.” She continued, “More importantly, for our patients and their families, this designation serves as a reminder of the quality of care they can expect to receive at our practice. We take a team approach to medicine, and this designation recognizes all of our staff from the doctors to the RNs to the clinical staff. I am proud of all of them.”
To learn more about NCQA, please visit www.NCQA.org
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