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HealthSource’s First Coast Guide to Swim Lessons

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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:

Creative Ways to Build School Lunches that Nourish

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Fruity Jewelry

Whole grain O cereal
Dried Fruit
Elastic Cord

1. Puncture holes in the dried fruit with skewer.
2. String the dried fruit and O cereal onto the elastic cord.
3. Tie cord to fit either as a bracelet or necklace for your child.

Silly Sandwiches

Soft Bread
Sandwich fixings of choice
Cookie Cutters

1. Make a sandwich your child enjoys.
2. Take your cookie cutter and align in the middle of the sandwich.
3. Press down firmly, and trim around the cookie cutter.
4. Remove sandwich from inside the cutter mold.

Bento Boxes

Bento boxes are Japanese lunch boxes divided into compartments. There are a variety of ways to create fun presentations with this type of lunchbox, because much like opening a present in a box, when you lift the lid the entire lunch is presented to the child.
1. Fruit: Arrange fruit in a silly face or a flower to make it more visually appealing.
2. Sandwich: Add a face to the outside of the sandwich with raisin eyes and cheese smile.
3. Rainbow colors: Choose lunch foods that represent the colors of the rainbow, from red apple triangles, to orange slices or cheese cubes, to green spinach wrap pinwheels, blueberries, and red grapes.

Back-to-School Sole Searching

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It is back-to-school shopping season, and the shoe aisle is lined with adorable little kicks that range from stylish platforms to old-school high-tops. You and your child approach the selection, and he runs up to a pair that speaks to him. He tries them on and walks around for a minute. He looks up with a gleam in his eye and states confidently, “They fit great!” He also told you earlier that day that he saw a rocket ship land in your backyard, squashing your daffodils. You look at him skeptically. How do you know if the shoes actually do fit?

Children are active people, and their toes need space to move. Rounded toe shoes with plenty of depth so the top of the footwear does not press on the toes are ideal. Materials such as leather, canvas, or mesh allow for their feet to stay cool as they race around the playground.

Dr. Amanda Bartell says, “Be sure to evaluate your child’s shoes throughout the school year because a young foot can change quickly and cause fitting issues.”

The North Florida Foot & Ankle Center has on site pediatric orthotics and inserts for all ages of children.

For more information on pediatric foot care, visit or call 904-236-5023 to schedule a professional foot evaluation.

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