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Mental health and wellness during the age of COVID-19

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – The Alachua County Crisis Center is hosting a variety of free mental health and wellness sessions this week.



The Alachua County Crisis Center is hosting a variety of mental health and wellness sessions related to COVID-19 and suicide prevention this week.


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The Alachua County Crisis Center is hosting a variety of mental health and wellness sessions related to COVID-19 and suicide prevention this week.

This four day virtual symposium started Monday and will go through Thursday evening.

Topics up for discussion range from suicide prevention to the impacts of being a frontline worker during the pandemic to racial injustice.

Some classes on Tuesdays schedule include: LGBTQ+ mental health, parenting during the pandemic and dealing with grief and loss during the pandemic.

Crisis center staff members, along with local and national experts, are giving the presentations.

In addition to this symposium, the crisis center offers 24/7 crisis and suicide intervention phone counseling for all Alachua County residents

Mobile Response Team Coordinator, Amanda Dilorenzo-Garcia, said

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Gyms, fitness centers, pools reopen | Lifestyles

 Area gyms, fitness centers and pools were allowed to reopen Wednesday, Sept. 9. This comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-176 on Thursday, Sept. 3.

 In addition to gyms being allowed to open their doors, organized sports were allowed to resume.

 Whitmer also signed an executive order that outlines strict workplace safety measures that gyms and pools must follow to protect people from the spread of COVID-19.

 Gyms must require wearing of masks at all times, including times of exercise, configure workout stations or implement protocols to enable 6 feet of distance between individuals during exercise sessions, reduce class sizes to enable at least 6 feet of separation between individuals, provide equipment-cleaning products throughout the gym, and more.  

 Planet Fitness on Owen Road in Fenton reopened Wednesday. Employees at the Fenton location have worked hard to welcome guests back and to provide a clean, sanitary and judgment free

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Coffee Fruit (Coffee Berry): Nutrition and Health Benefits

While most people are familiar with coffee beans, coffee fruit is not as common.

Derived from the same plant as the coffee bean, coffee fruit is traditionally discarded during the coffee-making process.

However, it has recently reemerged in the world of health and wellness, and it’s touted as a trendy new superfood that’s featured in supplements, juices, and herbal teas alike.

This article reviews the nutrition and health benefits of coffee fruit, along with common ways to add it to your diet.

Coffee fruit is a type of stone fruit that’s produced by the coffee plant.

It’s often referred to by other names, including coffee cherry or coffee berry.

The fruit is typically small and green, turning a deep red or purple shade as it ripens. The coffee bean is housed inside of the fruit and technically classified as a seed.

During coffee production, the coffee beans are extracted, while

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