According to the World Health Organization, health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of infirmity. A healthy community as described by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2010 report is one that continuously creates and improves both its physical and social environments, helping people to support one another in aspects of daily life and to develop to their fullest potential.

Healthy places are those designed and built to improve the quality of life for all people and where everyone is free to make choices amid a variety of healthy, available, accessible, and affordable options.

Businesses need to understand the link between poor health, lost productivity and the bottom line. For example, three missed days out of 30 workdays is a 10 percent loss of productivity.

Employers look at three things when determining the basic cost of health insurance: the health of a population, absenteeism and productivity.

Smoking and obesity cost Escambia and Santa Rosa employers $800 million in 2013, says David Sjoberg, who heads the Partnership for a Healthy Community.

Escambia County Health Department data shows that 18 percent of our students are obese based on their body mass index and another 16 percent are considered overweight. In Santa Rosa County, 30 percent of students are considered obese or overweight.

Healthy eating is more expensive, something that cannot be discounted in an area with traditionally low wages.


LeaP 2014 class helps lighten the load

NEWS RELEASE — The Pensacola Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Pensacola Class of 2014 cut the ribbon on May 20 on a renovated playroom at The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart Hospital. on After eight months of planning, fundraising and construction, the class project, LeaPplay, has successfully transformed the play areas used by pediatric patients and their families. Hal Dell, project coordinator for LeaPplay and vice president at Dell Consulting, said the playroom is designed to be an engaging space for patients and their families to get a little respite during their stay. The LeaP class raised $102,000 in cash contributions and more than $131,000 of in-kind donations to redesign the room’s major components, from ceilings, floors and finishes to lighting and play structures. New wiring has been installed to support audio-visual equipment and creative lighting solutions. The new configuration of the room creates separate spaces for different age groups. It also allows for opening up the space for group functions and play experiences. The room is finished with bright, energetic colors, and natural daylight continues to be integral to the children’s play Project sponsors are listed below: Circle of Compassion – $10,000 or more Caldwell Associates Comfort Systems Cox Communications Greenhut Construction Circle of Healing – $5,000 or more Baroco Electric Centerline Associates Dell Consulting Escambia County Health Facilities Authority Glaze Communications Morette Company Wilson Floor Covering Circle of Joy – $2,500 or more Animal Hospital of Pensacola Anonymous Appleyard Agency Ascend Performance Materials Christ’s Starfish Foundation Craftsmen Specialist Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse Gulf Power Home Builders Association of West Florida Kia AutoSport of Pensacola Navy Federal Credit Union Pensacola Glass Pugh & Associates Taylor, Warren & Weidner Walgreens Webb Electric Circle of Hope – $1,000 or more Advanced Enterprises of NW Florida American Legion Post 340 Atkins Global Avalex Technologies Beggs & Lane, RLLP Bill and Khari Dagnall Bill and Terry Preston Catalyst CRE Centennial Bank Coastal Vascular Dogwood Park Baptist Church Dr. William Blanchard – In Honor of Lucy Trawick Evelyn Kluka Evergreen Print & Mail David and Melissa Lister Gulf Coast Vision Center Hancock Bank HOPE Counseling Services Innisfree Hotels Jason and Amy Foland Kasey and John Armbruster Kenlyn Hobley Larry and Mary Lou Garrett – In Memory of Coach Chuck Pettersen “Papa” LeaP Class of 2013 MMI Mechanical Michael Parks Paradise Homes/Paradise Inn, Bar & Grill R. Jeffrey Boll Raymond and Candy Ruddy Regions Financial Republic Services Rodney, Rich & Company SHHS Physical Plant Sammy’s Management Scott and Laurie Adams Seville Rotary – In Memory of Beau Peterson Sharhonda and Barry Owens Society of the Debutante Charity Coalition Specialty Contractors Studer Group LLC Waffle House Warren Hollow Door Whataburger White Sands Resort Realty For more information about LeaPplay, visit LeaPplay is also on Facebook and Twitter. This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story


Mosquito fogging continues

Escambia County mosquito control is on a mission today. County crews will proceed with a “fogging mission” in neighborhoods around the area of Johnson Avenue, Nine Mile Road, Davis Highway and North Ninth Avenue. — May 13 mosquito spray area map 1. — May 13 mosquito spray area map 2. — May 13 mosquito spray area map 3. Mission hours vary but typically occur in the early evening hours from 6 to 10 p.m. If you have questions, call 850-937-2188, visit or follow @BeReadyEscambia and @MyEscambia on Twitter. This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story


Mosquito control is on the way

Escambia County mosquito control is going on a mission today. County public information officials say a notice of intent to proceed with fogging in three areas mapped here. — May 12 mosquito spray area map. — May 12 mosquito spray area map 2. — May 12 mosquito spray area map 3. When possible, pre-application surveillance is performed with post application surveillance to follow. Mission hours vary but typically occur in the early evening hours from 6 to 10 p.m. If you haev questions, call (850) 937-2188, visit and follow @BeReadyEscambia and@MyEscambia on Twitter. This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story


Boil water alert could be lifted

The boil-water advisory could be lifted later today for the area of Pensacola bounded by Interstate 10, Tippin and 12th avenues, and Escambia and Pensacola bays. That mandatory advisory was issued in connection with the collapse of a section of Scenic Highway. Emerald Coast Utilities Authority spokeswoman Nathalie Bowers said the first set of samples returned back clear. The second set of samples taken 24 hours later should be coming out of the lab about 3 p.m. “They’re looking good,” Bowers says. “It’s rare that the second set is bad after the first one is good.” Whenever there is a water main break, ECUA takes samples upstream, downstream, and at the point of the break, twice. It takes 24 hours for each set of samples to culture. “The law allows us to lift (an advisory) after the first one, we think it’s prudent to wait for the second one,” Bowers says, because if the second set of samples comeback and show a problem and an advisory issued again, “that’s so much more confusing for our customers.” Other advisories that remain in effect: This afternoon a precautionary advisory was issued for Amhurst Drive between Ivanhoe and Cambridge avenues; and Ivanhoe Avenue between North Palafox and Amhurst Drive. The Lillian Highway area in these boundaries: Lillian Hwy., west of Bauer Road Joaquin Road Juan Road Bronson Road Bronson Field Naval Recreation Center, Trout Road Hartung Avenue Joceline Road Tracy Road Ogden Road Rosirito Place Cordova Road Moss Drive Sandy Beach Drive Perdido Manor Drive Paradise Lane, Paradise Beach Place Paradise Beach Circle And for Calvin Street between Rhonda and Orby streets; Orby from Calvin west to the dead end; Nowlin, Daniel and Rufus streets; and Rhonda Street between Calvin and Rufus. This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story


Most of Pensacola: Boil your water

A large swath of the city of Pensacola is under a mandatory boil water notice in the wake of Tuesday night’s massive rain event. Just about 1:45 p.m., ECUA adjusted the boundaries of the mandatory boil water notice area. Now residents who live in the area bordered by Interstate 10 to the north; Tippin and 12th Avenue to the west; and east and south to Escambia and Pensacola bays should boil water for cooking and drinking. The original notice area was from Creighton Road south to the bayfront and from Interstate 110 east to Scenic Highway. the notice is linked to a massive road cave in on Scenic Highway. Any water to be used for drinking or cooking should be boiled for one minute at a rolling boil or use six drops of unscented regular household bleach per gallon of water. Two independent bacteriological samples have been initiated and the advisory will be lifted as soon as possible. This process routinely takes 48 hours, according to the advisory posted to the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority website at 11:12 a.m. A separate boil water notice was issued by ECUA at 12:12 p.m. due to a water main break for Calvin Street between Rhonda and Orby streets; Orby Street west from Calvin to the dead end; Nowlin Street; Daniel Street; Rufus Street; and Rhonda Street between Calvin and Rufus. Questions: Call ECUA at (850) 476-0480. This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story


Study: Escambia's health needs checkup

PRESS RELEASE — A new report showing Escambia County was 57th in the State of Florida for healthiness was disappointing but not surprising, said David Sjoberg, Executive Director of Partnership for a Healthy Community. Read full story


Building on hope

Health and Hope Clinic are on a bit of an expansion binge. Read full story


Bringing hope to Health & Hope Clinic

Good things may indeed come to those who wait. Read full story