Jacksonville Named No. 2 City Where Everyone Wants to Live in Right Now

Jacksonville Florida-downtownCall us biased, but Jacksonville has always been the perfect place to live with its miles of sandy beaches and year-round beautiful weather. In addition to a blossoming job market, we have the best bars, restaurants, shopping, museums, neighborhoods, hospitals and so much more.

The River City is seeing an influx of newcomers from other cities, and the population is booming. A recent study by realtor.com named Jacksonville as the No. 2 city in the U.S. where “everyone wants to live in right now,” and we couldn’t agree more. Jacksonville’s beach-adjacent location makes it ideal for outdoor fun and the area is filled with sloping golf courses, hiking and camping, lakes for kayaking and fishing. Another reason Jacksonville is one of the most sought after locations is the fast-growing art and music scene, with local artists, both up-and-coming and world-renowned, filling our city with beauty.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Jacksonville as one of the “Best Places to Live in America,” based on job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration. Scores for “value,” a blend of annual household income and cost of living, and “quality of life,” which accounts for crime, college readiness, commute, the city’s population and average annual salary.

No matter the reason for moving to Jacksonville—jobs, family, health—most of us can agree that we find countless reasons to love this big city with a small city feel that we call home.

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-popular-cities-to-live-2017-6/#1-austin-texas-10

 

The Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare will be arriving soon!

JHCG2017 Coming SoonWe are excited to announce that the 2017-2018 Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide™ will be delivered, and also available by request, the week of August 4, 2017.

The past few years have been shrouded in uncertainty for many medical providers in the U.S. Questions about how and when healthcare laws implemented by the previous administration may change have dominated the conversation. As a result, and for many other reasons, a number of physicians have chosen to join large groups of providers rather than continuing to operate a solo practice.

While we will never minimize the importance of all types and sizes of medical organizations—you will find coverage of many smaller, sponsor practices included—the 2017-2018 edition of the Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide focuses on the large group practices in the Jacksonville area and the services they provide. Due to the vast number of practices in the region, we will define a “large” group practice as an organization with 13 or more physicians and more than two locations.

In addition to informational editorials, legislative news, cutting edge technology and more, the Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide includes the Green Pages TM – a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all area physicians by specialty with NPI numbers and contact information.

As always, we would like to thank our valued advertisers for supporting this publication. Without you, we could not provide this important resource to our community.

To request a copy of the 2017-2018 Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide, please contact Mark Al-Amad, at malamad@heritagepublishinginc.com or by calling 904-296-1304.

 

 

The 2017 First Coast Relocation Guide has arrived!

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The 2017 edition of the First Coast Relocation Guide is here! Published under exclusive contract with the JAX Chamber of Commerce, this is the only official relocation guide for the First Coast. Packed full of all the information new residents need, the guide is divided into three easy-to-use sections: Live, Work and Play.

From schools and neighborhoods to tax offices and libraries, the comprehensive Live section provides important phone numbers, maps and descriptions.

The Work section is dedicated to the businesses that keep this great area running as well as the roads, bridges and ports that make it all possible. This section also features the area’s Top 50 Employers to familiarize yourself with the major businesses on the First Coast.

Because Floridians know how to play, we have updated and expanded our Play section to include everything from area attractions to a list of Jacksonville’s best food trucks. There is no shortage of fun on the First Coast and the First Coast Relocation Guide is the perfect tool for newcomers and established residents alike to discover what the First Coast has to offer.

Copies are being mailed to all advertisers and distribution will commence next week. You can pick up your copy at area libraries, the JAX Chamber of Commerce, etc. In the meantime, please access our digital flipbook at myjaxchamber.com or heritagepublishinginc.com.

 

Bringing Change One Yoga Pose at a Time with Kathryn Thomas

By Katherine Odom-Tomchin

Yoga is known as a mind-body exercise that requires concentration on breathing and physical techniques to be performed properly. Kathryn Thomas, founder and executive director of Yoga 4 Change, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit organization that teaches yoga as a therapeutic exercise to struggling individuals, believes that yoga is much more than fitness. It is a tool to be utilized in unstable environments to promote healing and rehabilitation while preventing those in at-risk areas from falling into the mistakes more likely to occur in rougher settings. Yoga 4 Change aims to tap into the beneficial properties of yoga by teaching its ways to inmates, at-risk youth, veterans and those with mental health disabilities. Family! spoke with Kathryn on the creation of Yoga 4 Change and how it is making a difference on the First Coast.

Photo courtesy of Aidee Douglas (6)Why did you form Yoga 4 Change?
I was a naval helicopter pilot and I was in the Navy for a full seven years. I was medically retired because I fell while I was on deployment, so during that whole medical retirement process I kind of lost myself because I made my identity all about being a naval helicopter pilot and how awesome that was and suddenly in this one second it was, not totally taken away, but it was just not a possibility anymore. While I was going through the medical retirement process—it takes about a year—I started putting on a lot of weight and getting really depressed, and my physical therapist said that I should start doing something that would help me potentially keep weight off but at the same time maybe help me with stress and anxiety.… Read the rest

Caring for Your Soldier: Your Guide to Making the Best Care Package

By Tina Rymar

The military takes care of our country and our freedom, so it is important that we take care of them. During the holidays—and year round—putting together a care package is a great way to show your appreciation and remind a deployed soldier that they are loved and remembered. We have put together a list of some great treats that can be placed in the next package you send to your soldier.

Food
Your soldier will always appreciate snacks, and shareable items will get you points with their roommates, too. Here are some good options:

  • Beef jerky
  • Coffee (both ground and instant varieties)
  • Tea bags and instant cocoa (for soldiers deployed in colder areas)
  • Protein bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Chips that come in a hard package (like Pringles)
  • Flavor packets to add to water, especially ones with electrolytes for added hydration
  • If your soldier has a sweet tooth, candy such as M&Ms would be a safer bet than anything that can melt or get sticky during shipping

Soldiers are provided with meals, but they tend to lack flavor and can get a little boring. Try including these items every now and then to spice up dinner:

  • A small container or individual packets of hot sauce
  • A bottle of barbeque sauce from a local restaurant
  • Seasoned salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Seasoning packets

Personal Care
To make sure your soldier is always feeling their best, occasionally include these items in your care packages:

  • A quality razor/razor head replacements
  • Non-aerosol shaving cream
  • Lip balm
  • Topical pain remover (such as IcyHot) for sore muscles
  • Aspirin or other pain medicine
  • High quality socks to be worn under boots
  • Foot powder
  • Baby wipes

Photo by Natalie Swift Photography (3)Entertainment
While those deployed certainly put in a lot of hard work, they also have downtime every now and then.… Read the rest

A Heartfelt Thank You

By Mindy K. Urueta

Not too long ago, it was considered quite normal and expected for a child to respond to a gift with a handwritten thank-you note. For the most part, this form of etiquette has gone by the wayside in today’s fast-moving, technology-obsessed world. These days, it is considered the norm to send a quick text in place of a personal letter. It’s easy, efficient and gets the message out. But is it enough? There is something meaningful and gratifying about a thank-you card that someone took the time to choose, write and deliver.

With the holiday season right around the corner, the time for giving and receiving gifts is here; what better time to get your children in the swing of writing thank-you notes than during the most magical time of the year?

Most children don’t eagerly volunteer to get right to work on thank-you cards after receiving a gift, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made into a fun, family activity. One tip is to make sure thank-you note writing isn’t presented as a chore, but rather as an enjoyable and creative outlet for trying new penmanship, stationary or even poetry. The recipient will be thrilled that your child took a moment to recognize their gift.

If your little ones are too young to write a note, a colorful thank-you picture is just as meaningful. Markers, crayons, glue and some construction paper are the perfect tools for children to use when creating beautiful works of art to show someone how much their thoughtfulness means.… Read the rest

A Heartfelt Thank You

By Mindy K. Urueta

Not too long ago, it was considered quite normal and expected for a child to respond to a gift with a handwritten thank-you note. For the most part, this form of etiquette has gone by the wayside in today’s fast-moving, technology-obsessed world. These days, it is considered the norm to send a quick text in place of a personal letter. It’s easy, efficient and gets the message out. But is it enough? There is something meaningful and gratifying about a thank-you card that someone took the time to choose, write and deliver.

With the holiday season right around the corner, the time for giving and receiving gifts is here; what better time to get your children in the swing of writing thank-you notes than during the most magical time of the year?

Most children don’t eagerly volunteer to get right to work on thank-you cards after receiving a gift, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made into a fun, family activity. One tip is to make sure thank-you note writing isn’t presented as a chore, but rather as an enjoyable and creative outlet for trying new penmanship, stationary or even poetry. The recipient will be thrilled that your child took a moment to recognize their gift.

If your little ones are too young to write a note, a colorful thank-you picture is just as meaningful. Markers, crayons, glue and some construction paper are the perfect tools for children to use when creating beautiful works of art to show someone how much their thoughtfulness means.… Read the rest

Bookmark! Holiday Edition

Reviews by Betsy Dailo

For the Grown-Ups

Festivus The Holiday for the Rest of UsFestivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us (2008)
By Allen Salkin
On Dec. 18, 1997, “The Strike” first appeared on TV. This Seinfeld episode seemed to change the world by creating Festivus, a holiday celebrated on Dec. 23 to serve as an alternative to the commercialized holiday Christmas has become. The day includes the Festivus pole, dinner, the Airing of Grievances and of course, the Feats of Strength.

Allen Salkin provides readers with not only a hilarious book, but one that shows how Festivus has been around for centuries, beginning in ancient Rome. However, the Seinfeld version of Festivus originally began in 1966 in the O’Keefe household. Dan O’Keefe was one of the writers for the show and brought his family’s traditions to the TV screen.

Families now celebrate Festivus as a real holiday, even purchasing their own aluminum pole to display. But don’t forget, as Frank Costanza says, “Until you pin me, George, Festivus is not over!”

For the Children

Daddy Christmas and Mama HanukkahDaddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama (2012)
By Selina Alko
In the U.S., families of different faiths are celebrating multiple winter holidays. In Selina Alko’s children’s book, she introduces Sadie, whose parents practice different faiths. Despite celebrating Christmas, Sadie’s dad is the one who makes the latkes, a traditional Jewish food. Her Jewish mom hangs the Christmas stockings.

Throughout the book, Alko shows how people can embrace other traditions to make one happy, diverse family. Their family visits later in the book to discuss their different traditions.… Read the rest

Bookmark! Holiday Edition

Reviews by Betsy Dailo

For the Grown-Ups

Festivus The Holiday for the Rest of UsFestivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us (2008)
By Allen Salkin
On Dec. 18, 1997, “The Strike” first appeared on TV. This Seinfeld episode seemed to change the world by creating Festivus, a holiday celebrated on Dec. 23 to serve as an alternative to the commercialized holiday Christmas has become. The day includes the Festivus pole, dinner, the Airing of Grievances and of course, the Feats of Strength.

Allen Salkin provides readers with not only a hilarious book, but one that shows how Festivus has been around for centuries, beginning in ancient Rome. However, the Seinfeld version of Festivus originally began in 1966 in the O’Keefe household. Dan O’Keefe was one of the writers for the show and brought his family’s traditions to the TV screen.

Families now celebrate Festivus as a real holiday, even purchasing their own aluminum pole to display. But don’t forget, as Frank Costanza says, “Until you pin me, George, Festivus is not over!”

For the Children

Daddy Christmas and Mama HanukkahDaddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama (2012)
By Selina Alko
In the U.S., families of different faiths are celebrating multiple winter holidays. In Selina Alko’s children’s book, she introduces Sadie, whose parents practice different faiths. Despite celebrating Christmas, Sadie’s dad is the one who makes the latkes, a traditional Jewish food. Her Jewish mom hangs the Christmas stockings.

Throughout the book, Alko shows how people can embrace other traditions to make one happy, diverse family. Their family visits later in the book to discuss their different traditions.… Read the rest

Ways to Help Veterans This Holiday Season

By Betsy Dailo

Many of the men and women who sacrifice so much for this country are honorably discharged and left struggling to make ends meet. To help our veterans during these hard times, take a few moments with your family, friends or coworkers to help the physical and financial security of our veterans.

 

Some veterans have to rely on donations from nonprofits and volunteer organizations. In turn, these organizations need assistance to continue helping. Whether it’s donating or volunteering your time, let’s spend some time this holiday season helping those who need it most. Below are resources for you and your loved ones to begin helping veterans live a happier and more secure life.

MMS K9 image 1K9S FOR WARRIORS

To provide even more service dogs to wounded vets, nonprofit K9s for Warriors opened a new 17,000-square-foot facility that can house a total of 16 veterans each month. The project was completed entirely with donations from the community. Veterans return to their homes after the program with their new battle buddy, who stays by their side around the clock.
www.k9sforwarriors.org

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CHAPTER 38

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 38 is a volunteer organization whose mission is to build better lives for all of America’s disable d veterans and their families. They offer many opportunities for civilians to volunteer.
www.dav.org

HOMES FOR OUR BRAVE

The Emergency Service s & Homeless Coalition of Northeast Florida works to provide temporary financial assistance, transportation assistance, housing counseling and financial planning services, and information on referrals to community agencies for low-income and homeless veterans in the Duval, Clay and Nassau county areas.… Read the rest