By Dr. Richard Chern, M.D. How often does this happen? You wake up but don’t feel rested. You won’t be productive so maybe just skip the day. You drag yourself out of bed and go through the motions. The goal is to get back home and end the day. You...
HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital celebrated the completion of the first phase of its $100 million expansion Aug. 30, which includes a new four-story, 95,000-square-foot patient tower and 10,000-square-foot renovated dietary space. This phase of the expansion adds 10 ICU beds, eight cardiovascular ICU beds and 24 surgical care beds...
By Greg Durette What could be more simple than picking the right Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan for you?! HAH! When you stop laughing (or crying), understand, you are not alone. This is the time of year when you have the opportunity to review your Medicare coverage and make...

A Focus on Sleep

By Kay Leaman, Health Architect I’ve dealt with sleep issues over the years. What I’ve discovered is that getting quality sleep means developing a routine and sticking with it. I have also found a couple nutritionals that have helped me sleep better. As our lives ebb and flow, so does...
You can make a difference in the lives of children every day! Children in Crisis (CIC) is in need of live-in foster parents. The mission is simple: Providing homes while keeping brothers and sisters together. A non-profit organization, CIC works to provide homes and care for the abused, neglected...

Love That Traffic?

By Dr. Richard Chern, M.D. How are you handling life’s little frustrations? I know this article goes outside the immediate area, but I would bet everyone reading this article knows exactly how life in Destin has changed in the last ten years. I know for me, if there’s a bridge,...
By Lori Leath Smith In 2018, Kristyn Szala’s youngest son, Asher, was given a life-limiting diagnosis. Kristyn was only halfway through her pregnancy. “We were told that he would either pass away before birth or shortly thereafter,” she said. “You imagine you’re going to have a lifetime with your child...
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 | 2 – 6 PM MATTIE KELLY ARTS CENTER AT NWFSC Who’s ready to kick off another exciting Savor the Sound concert fundraiser, but in cooler weather and with an outstanding guest speaker? The Taylor Haugen Foundation has announced that Sammy Lee Davis, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient...

The Collagen Craze

By Kay Leaman, Health Architect From commercials to magazine ads, it’s all about collagen. But what is it and why do we need it? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It has an adhesive quality that is only matched by its ability to provide connection, structure and strength....
By Lisa Leath Turpin, Health & Wellness Coach Everyone wants a strong and sexy back, but all too many times your back – especially the spine – takes the brunt of weakness and improper lifting. The back has different muscle groups that work together to allow movement. Some have multiple...