TOI is a sponsor of the 2014 Gala For Kids

by TOI Admin July 28, 2014

The Orthopaedic Institute is a proud sponsor of this year's Gala For Kids. The event will take place this Saturday, August 2nd, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on the University of Florida campus.  The event will include dinner, dancing, exciting casino games, a live and silent auction and more.

The annual event supports the critical Boys & Girls Club program of Alachua County. The Boys & Girls Club serves thousands of area children year-around, providing a safe, secure, healthy and educational environment where they can grow and achieve.

The evening will include a full casino with a variety of gaming tables and slot machines, silent auction tables loaded with everything from rare sports memorabilia to exotic vacation packages and a live auction that will also feature a variety of unique gifts.

TOI is a proud sponsor of the 7th Annual Dancing With The Doctors

by TOI Admin July 14, 2014

TOI is a proud sponsor of the 7th Annual Dancing with the Doctors Saturday, July 19th at 6pm, benefiting The Boys and Girls Club of Marion County and the YMCA of Marion County. Over the past year, Dancing with the Doctors raised over $100,000 for local children; the past beneficiaries include Munroe Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA and Drayton Florence Foundation. This year, Dancing with the Doctors will benefit the Boys and Girl Clubs of Marion County as well as the YMCA of Marion County. The event will be held at the Circle Square Cultural Center, located at 8395 SW 80th St, Ocala, FL 34481. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click the image below.

July is National UV Safety Month

by TOI Admin July 7, 2014

Now that Summer has officially arrived, it is important to remember that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and is mainly caused by the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizes July as UV Safety Month to help raise awareness about skin cancer and help people take action with prevention. A few simple, everyday steps can be taken to help prevent you from overexposure and the harmful effects of UV radiation. Below are simple, everyday steps you can take to safeguard your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun.

–    Wear proper clothing - Wearing clothing that will protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is very important. Protective clothing are long-sleeved shirts and pants are good examples. Also, remember to protect your head and eyes with a hat and UV-resistant sunglasses. You can fall victim to sun damage on a cloudy day as well as in the winter, so dress accordingly all year round.

–    Avoid the burn - Sunburns significantly increase one's lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. It is especially important that children be kept from sunburns as well.

–    Go for the shade - Stay out of the sun, if possible, between the peak burning hours, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can head for the shade, or make your own shade with protective clothing - including a broad-brimmed hat, for example.

–    Use extra caution when near reflective surfaces, like water, snow, and sand - Water, snow, sand, even the windows of a building can reflect the damaging rays of the sun. That can increase your chance of sunburn, even if you’re in what you consider a shady spot.

–    Use extra caution when at higher altitudes - You can experience more UV exposure at higher altitudes, because there is less atmosphere to absorb UV radiation.

–    Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen - Generously apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. The “broad spectrum” variety protects against overexposure to ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. The FDA recommends using sunscreens that are not only broad spectrum, but that also have a sun protection factor (SPF) value of at least 15 for protection against sun-induced skin problems.

–    Re-apply broad-spectrum sunscreen throughout the day - Even if a sunscreen is labeled as "water-resistant," it must be reapplied throughout the day, especially after sweating or swimming. To be safe, apply sunscreen at a rate of one ounce every two hours. Depending on how much of the body needs coverage, a full-day (six-hour) outing could require one whole tube of sunscreen.

 

 

For more information on UV safety, please visit: http://www.foh.hhs.gov/calendar/july.html

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Firework Safety

by TOI Admin June 30, 2014

Using fireworks on our nation’s birthday is as traditional as cookouts and parades.  And it is equally safe if a few common sense rules are followed. The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these common sense safety tips for using consumer fireworks in the hopes that injuries to consumers can be greatly reduced this season. It is up to consumers to use fireworks in a safe and responsible manner:

  • Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  • Always have water ready if you are using fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; Read the caution label before igniting.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Only light one firework at a time.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
  • Lastly, soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor, fire resistant garbage can away from buildings and flammable materials.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges Americans to follow common sense safety rules this Fourth of July in their holiday celebrations.

 

 

Source: http://www.fireworksafety.com/

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TOI's Top List of Local 4th of July Celebrations

by TOI Admin June 23, 2014

Gearing up for 4th of July weekend celebrations? We put a list together of some of the top family friendly things to do in North Central Florida for the Fourth (and Third of July), from parades and live music to eating contests and family friendly fireworks.

Gainesville:
Fanfares & Fireworks – Thursday, July 3rd – The annual Independence Day celebration features fireworks and music including contemporary jazz by Richy Stano and Mindwalk, rock and pop by InCrisis Band and traditional favorites by the Gainesville Community Band under the direction of Gary Langford, with a special appearance by the UF Billy Mitchell Drill Team Color Guard.  Begins at 7pm, fireworks begin at 9:40pm, Flavet Field, UF Campus, Free. Click HERE for more information.

Williston:
Independence Day Celebration – Thursday, July 3rd – Come to Horseman’s Park to celebrate on the 3rd! Click HERE for more information.

Ocala:
45th annual God & Country Day Celebration – Friday, July 4th – The annual Independence Day celebration is located the at corner of HWY 27 West and 225A, 3 miles W of I-75. Click HERE for more information.

Crystal River:
"An Old-Fashioned 4th." – Friday, July 4th – Join us for games, contests, food & drink, music, a patriotic parade and FIREWORKS over the river. The fun kicks off at 5:00 with local talent Sophie Noel singing your favorite patriotic songs, then Rebel Soul takes the stage at 5:30 with their country/rock sound. The parade starts at 5:30pm followed by sac races, tug of war, & three-legged race. Pie and hot dog eating contests from 8-9 and fireworks at 9:00pm. Click HERE for more information.

Lake Butler:
Annual July 4 celebration in Lakeside Park in Lake Butler, FL. – Friday, July 4th – Fishing tournament starts at 3:30am, antique car show 9am-noon, family fun run 7am, 5K run 8am, music, midway, food, splash park and fireworks at dusk. Click HERE for more information.

Alachua:
Fourth of July Celebration – Friday, July 4th – The City of Alachua will hold its annual Fourth of July Celebration on July 4, 2014 at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex.  The event will begin at 3 p.m. and last through 10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30. The City of Alachua has dubbed its celebration "The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America."  The annual event draws more than 30,000 people to Alachua and has great economic impact on businesses in our area.  There are dozens of activities for the kids, including a petting zoo, bounce houses and water slides.  This year kids can also take advantage of the spray park and skateboard park located on site.  For the adult audience there are several unique vendors, bingo contests, dancing groups and live musical entertainment. Click HERE for more information.

Lake City:
Lake City Fireworks Show – Friday, July 4th – Starting at 4pm, join us onJuly 4th at the Columbia County Fairgrounds for an evening of great live entertainment and free fun for the whole family! Fireworks begin at 9:20pm. Click HERE for more information.

Steinhatchee:
July 4th Celebration Steinhatchee Style – Friday, July 4th – The festivities will begin with a Mullet Toss @ 6:00 PM. There will be plenty of food on hand, served by our local non profits also beginning at 6:00 PM.  THE BRIDGE WILL CLOSE AT APPROXIMATELY 8:15 PM.  The show will begin at dusk. Traffic will be rerouted to US 19.  FWC will also hold boat traffic back in the river. Don't miss this great time of celebrating our great nation's birth! Click HERE for more information.

Micanopy:
Micanopy July 4th Celebration – Friday, July 4th – The Town of Micanopy is planning a day-long celebration of Independence Day on Friday, July 4th, 2014 as it has done for over a quarter of a century. The day will begin with our annual parade at 11:00 am and Fish Fry at the Micanopy Museum immediately following; then onto the Ballpark for music, food, and fun, including a bounce house free for children starting at 5:30 pm; and culminating with the Annual Fire Works display at dusk. Click HERE for more information.

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