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Hillsborough ponders racism as health care crisis

TAMPA — After Tampa City Council’s recent apology for the city’s racist history, Hillsborough County commissioners are poised to consider their own initiative declaring racism a public health crisis.

a man wearing a suit and tie: JAMES BORCHUCK | TimesnHillsborough County Commission Chairman Les Miller.

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JAMES BORCHUCK | TimesnHillsborough County Commission Chairman Les Miller.

“Hillsborough County’s collective prosperity depends upon the equitable access to opportunity for every resident regardless of the color of their skin,” the resolution reads.

It includes a 10-item action list ranging from promoting equity through all commission-approved policies to encouraging county vendors, contractors and others to provide racial equity training.

The resolution from Commissioner Pat Kemp is modeled after government action in Dallas County, Texas and similar resolutions in Mecklenberg County, N.C., Montgomery County, Md. and Dekalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties in Georgia.

The idea grew locally from Our Community, Our Voice, a virtual community forum on racism and public health that Bible-Based Fellowship Church in

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What Is The Difference Between Vitamins And Supplements?

Our body is a very complex mechanism, and like a machine, it needs to be fuelled to continue to run as intended. The primary fuel the body needs to function appropriately is food, and not just any food, but good and healthy food. Usually, the body makes the necessary vitamins to keep us in excellent health, but it makes them in insufficient quantities. Food is meant to supplement the vitamins in the body, anddietary supplements are intended to add to or increase the benefits we get from eating healthily.

What are vitamins?

They are organic compounds that are essential for good health. A deficiency in the number ofvitamins the body should have will lead to a myriad of diseases. Vitamin D deficiency causes pain in the joints and bone, along with extreme fatigue. A deficiency in vitamin B-12 causes heart palpitations, constipation, muscle weakness, and even depression.

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Looks Out For Health Care Workers: Homewood-Flossmoor Hero

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Diane Creal, hero.

HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR, IL — When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who’s making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented and changing times.

Here at Patch, we’ve launched an initiative to help recognize these heroes making a difference in their communities. Together with Ring, we’re working to let all your neighbors know about these outstanding people and their stories.

This submission comes from Thomas Creal who nominated Diane Creal of the Homewood-Flossmoor area. Thomas and Diane are married and Thomas said Diane looks out for heath care workers.

Name: Diane Creal

State: IL

Home town: Homewood-Flossmoor

Hero’s job: Health Care

Relationship to nominee: My wife

Reason for recognition: Every day she manages the team that cares for patients in Cook

County Healthcare System.

One thing to know: Looks out for the heath care workers.

Submitter name: Thomas Creal

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COVID-19 and a summer of gun violence have hit Jane and Finch youth hard. A new mental health program is trying to help

Fifteen-year-olds Colin Kishundial and Saif Khan have called Toronto’s Jane  and Finch area home for the entirety of their young lives. 


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It’s a neighbourhood that has notoriously struggled with higher  rates of gun violence, higher  tenant eviction rates and more recently, higher  numbers of COVID-19 cases than the rest of the city.

But despite a challenging backdrop compounded by the physical and social  perils of a global  pandemic, youth like Kishundial and Khan say they are determined to succeed  in school and life afterward. They have ambitions of finishing their education,  becoming entrepreneurs and giving back to the community that raised them without  fear of violence or discrimination. 

It is why Black Creek Community Health Centre began its education support  program for youth three years ago, which Kishundial and Khan have been attending  since January after struggling academically and emotionally at their local  public Toronto schools.

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Thousands of Manitobans reaching out for mental health support amid COVID-19 pandemic

a man sitting in front of a window: Coronavirus: Canadians struggling with mental health during pandemic

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Coronavirus: Canadians struggling with mental health during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is an added layer of anxiety and stress for many, but it also has many reaching out for help.


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In late March, the province launched an online program with Canadian HR firm Morneau Shepell, aimed at providing support for Manitobans struggling with anxiety and depression related to COVID-19.

Since then, 3,460 Manitobans have used the service, according to a provincial spokesperson.

“I can tell you that number has been steadily growing,” Manitoba health minister Cameron Friesen said during a press conference Tuesday.

“None of us are untouched by this. There (are) the challenges of COVID-19 that we can see and they’re tangible in our every day lives, but the mental health challenges and our anxiety is no less real even though it is more invisible.”

Read more: Manitoba launches online program targeting those anxious

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Tips for maintaining your mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

Almost everyone has experienced some sense of loss or grieving during the pandemic.

Tips for maintaining your mental health during COVID-19 pandemic



It could be losing a loved one, losing a job, or just mourning the loss of the way life used to be.

Grief can be overwhelming and unexpected endings can cause strong negative emotions. Mental health experts say it’s important to keep the following things in mind:

  • Acknowledge the feelings of loss without judgment, allow yourself to feel sad.
  • Stay connected and talk to friends and family — call, video chat or meet outside with precautions
  • Journaling can also help express feelings
  • Create a new routine. Be sure to include exercise, hobbies and sleep.
  • If you’re struggling, reach out to a mental health professional for help.

It’s been said getting through the pandemic is a marathon and not a sprint, which means it’s

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Health care services that cover HIV in the South disrupted by coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted health care services in America, especially in the South, where HIV continues to plague the region.


The South accounted for more than half of the country’s roughly 37,000 HIV infections in 2018 and has been a focus of the Trump administration’s goal of eradicating the disease by 2030 by focusing on hot spots for the infection and getting people on drugs.

Fewer people in the South are aware that they have HIV compared with other regions in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Parts of the so-called Black Belt — a poor agricultural region stretching from Louisiana to Virginia that was first known for the color of its soil and then for its mostly Black population — have particularly high rates of new HIV infections.

Health services have stopped or limited testing for

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This One Question Is Transforming Health Insurance

Sponsored – When it comes to health insurance, many of us don’t think too far beyond the card in our wallet that says we’re covered.

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When people get a call from a member health advocate with their insurance company asking how they’re doing, it might come as a bit of a surprise.

“Once people realize they are on the phone with a real person from their health insurance company who cares and wants to help, they are surprised but also open,” said Lauren Clark, Member Health Advocate with Avera Health Plans.

What Is Population Health?

Involvement of member health advocates has been evolving with Avera Health Plans over the last few years. They are part of a team that also includes nurse case managers, health coaches and pharmacy experts.

This evolution is in line with the concept known as population health – in

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Forget Clorox, Procter & Gamble Is a Better Consumer Staples Stock

Prior to the pandemic, Clorox (NYSE: CLX) had been struggling with weak sales of its household products — including bags, wraps, grilling products, cat litter, and digestive health products — and its international sales had been declining. However, the pandemic sparked fresh demand for its cleaning products, especially in the U.S., and easily offset those weaknesses.

That shift turned the slow-growth consumer staples stock into one of the top defensive plays against COVID-19, and sparked its year-to-date rally of over 40%. Clorox’s stock might still have room to run in this jittery market, but investors seeking a more balanced consumer staples investment for a post-pandemic world should stick with its larger peer Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) instead.

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P&G is better poised for a post-pandemic slowdown

Clorox generated 41% of its revenue from its health and wellness segment in fiscal 2020, which ended in late June.

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COVID-19 has not been good for American’s health and wellness: Mindbody CEO

Mindbody CEO Josh McCarter joins Yahoo Finance’s On The Move panel to break down how the wellness industry is faring and weigh in on consumer behavior trends as more gyms reopen.

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ADAM SHAPIRO: Earlier this week in New York City, and forgive me for being centered on New York City right now. They opened up the gyms. That was a big deal here. Now not all gyms, and there is limited capacity, but it was a big move for New York City, because a lot of people want to stay in shape and get back to the gym. So helping us understand the state of fitness and that business of gyms, we invite into the stream, Josh McCarter. He’s the CEO of Mindbody, joining us from Scottsdale, Arizona. We appreciate your being here.

JOSH MCCARTER: Thanks for having me, Adam.

ADAM SHAPIRO: So your business, it’s not necessarily

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