Posts in: Heart Health

First Coast Medical and Health Science Education Programs

Posted in: Cancer, Family, Diabetes, Fitness, Heart Health, Preventative Health // 0 Comments


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

HealthSource’s First Coast Guide to Swim Lessons

Posted in: Family, Fitness, Heart Health, Preventative Health // 0 Comments


Swim Baby, Swim!

It is never too soon, or too late to start swimming in the Sunshine State.

Swimming Safari
4775 Windsor Commons Ct, Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904) 260-1836
For information:

JaxParks Learn to Swim Programs
Lessons from ages 3 to Adult at Public Pools Citywide
For information:,-recreation-and-community-services/recreation-and-community-programming/jaxparks-aquatics.aspx#learntoswim

Splash Jax Swim School
1856 Davidson Street
Jacksonville, FL 32207
For information:

First Coast YMCA
Children’s lessons offered across the First Coast
For more information:

JCA Swim School
8505 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32217

Planet Swim School and Planet Swim Aquatics
272 Alta Mar Dr.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Kerry Wick Swimming
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Infant Swimming Resource (ISR)
For infants under the age of 3.
First Coast Instructor Listings can be found at:

Workplace Workout Exercises

Posted in: Fitness, Heart Health, Preventative Health // 0 Comments

The sedentary eight hour shift can leave a person feeling more than sluggish. Here are some ways to work fitness into your desk job, and relieve some of the stress that weighs on us during our work day.

1. Seat Clenches: Get your glutes in shape with this simple exercise at your desk. While seated, tighten your buttocks by squeezing your glutes. Hold for 5 -10 seconds and repeat until your tush is tired, or you wrap up that afternoon conference call.
2. Power Punch: Tone your arms while releasing some pent up stress with the Power Punch. Make a tight fist with your hands and punch into the air alternating arms. Keep your core engaged with each punch and continue for 60 seconds or more.
3. Hip to It: Some work is best done under the table. While sitting at your desk, lift your left foot a few inches off the floor and keep your knee at a 90 degree angle. Hold it until your hips cry for mercy, then alternate to your right foot.
4. Like a Prayer: Whether you are praying for a promotion, or that your boss will not notice your long lunch break, this exercise is designed to strengthen your arms. With your feet flat on the ground, place your hands in prayer position in front of your heart. Push your palms together as hard as you can and hold for 20 seconds. Let go and repeat until your prayers have been answered.
5. Back Twist: Hunched over the computer all day can take its toll on your back. Sit tall in your chair and engage your abs. Keep your back off the chair back and lengthen through the top of your head. Twist to the left from engaging your lower back, while lengthening upward, and look over your left shoulder. Release and repeat on the right side. Do as many times as it takes to shake that late afternoon slump.

Full Virtual Editions

Current Issue

September 2014

Facebook Activity


Article Categories