April 18, 2016
Being active and getting regular exercise is important for people of all ages, so why not get out there and find an outdoor adventure! As spring time nears and the weather is getting consistently warmer, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience all that North Central Florida has to offer.
Want to stretch your legs?
Take a hike to see some amazing wildlife and beautiful scenery.
- San Felasco Park- has beautiful trails of all distances for any person. It also offers trail for biking
- O’leno State Park- is a spectacular park to spend the day with the family.
- La Chua Trail in Payne’s Prairie- offers a 3 mile round trip trail filled with alligators, birds, horses, and buffalo to view on any given day. If you have never done this trail, it is a must do!
- Hawthorne Trail- offers 17 miles of biking trails
Looking for a day on the water?
There are so many places to take out a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard in the North Central Florida area.
- Silver Springs- offers canoe and kayak trips to spend a day on the water to view alligators, fish, and even monkeys!
- Santa Fe River- has so many springs that can offer a day of swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding for the whole family. You can spend the whole day on the river or just a couple hours.
- Ocala National Forest- offers everything from springs to nature trails. It has an abundance of wild life to view ranging from birds to bears.
Looking for Sports?
In the North Central Florida area there are clubs to join. North Central Florida has a club for whatever you are looking to do.
- Golf- there are golf courses throughout the North Central Florida Area that have clubs for all age ranges that you can join.
- Organized sports- there are clubs for soccer, football, baseball, softball, and volleyball.
- Tennis and pickle ball- these are very popular sports for people in the Lady Lake area, but can be very interesting and fun for anyone.
There is an activity for whatever may be of interest to you, from walking to boating and fishing. But most importantly, get outside, soak up some sunshine and get active!
Photo courtesy of: http://floridahikes.com/paynes-prairie-lachua
April 14, 2016
The month of April is designated as Occupational Therapy Month by the American Occupational Therapy Association to call attention to the important role occupational therapists play in patient care. Occupational therapists are part of an important profession to help patients participate in certain tasks they want and need to accomplish through the therapeutic use of daily activities. Occupational therapists focus on treatment to help develop, recover and maintain the daily skills of patients with specialized services and support. TOI would like to give a special thank you to its hand therapy staff at all of its locations!
April 8, 2016
Employee Appreciation Day is a time to honor TOI employees for a job well done. Although we appreciate each individual for their contributions to the workplace throughout the year, Employee Appreciation Day is a special time for management to communicate their heartfelt gratitude.TOI is successful because of the wonderful team of people it employs, and once again, Happy Employee Appreciation Day!
March 17, 2016
First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Most people view this day as a time to wear green (and pinch those who don’t)! It’s also a time to celebrate Irish style with family and friends. But what are we celebrating exactly? Here are some interesting facts you may not know about St. Patrick’s Day:
- St. Patrick is not even Irish! He was born in Britain around 350 AD and lived in Wales. He became a saint because he brought Christianity to the then Pagan Ireland. The official color of St. Patrick is blue. Green is associated with St. Patrick’s Day because Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle”.
- More Irish people live in the U.S. than in Ireland; at least when it comes to their descent. Ireland’s population is around 6.3 million, but there are nearly 7 times more people (39.6 million) of Irish decent living in the U.S.! This can be attributed to the Irish potato famine that caused millions of Irish to escape to the U.S.
- Leprechauns were not associated with St. Patrick’s Day until the 8th century. They became linked to St. Patrick’s Day as another way to represent Ireland’s Celtic beliefs.
Despite these facts, today’s celebration of St. Patrick has little to do with the actual man and more do with celebrating all things Irish. So, go have fun and we wish you this…