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Is a Prostate Screening Test Right For You?

I am a huge believer in the power of cancer screening tests in general. Every year 233,000 men in the United States learn that they have prostate cancer– this is one in every seven men during his lifetime hearing the words: “you have prostate cancer.” However, the situation with PSA screening is more complex than other screenings due to false-positives. If you are at high risk for prostate cancer, talk with your doctor to determine if a PSA test is right for you. Make sure you understand the potential harms of intervention.”

Dr. Kimberly M. Hicks, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy

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Click here for Dr. Hick’s complete article.


OWC Garden Clean Up

Volunteers are welcome to come to a garden clean-up day on Saturday, September 13, from any part of 8 – 11 a.m. at the Our Whole Community Garden behind the Gardens at DePugh Nursing Center. The entrance is on Welbourne Avenue across from the Welbourne Day Nursery.  The garden is on the property of the DePugh Nursing Center 550 W. Morse Blvd. Water and equipment will be provided and no skill is necessary. Personal garden gloves my be useful.

For more information, please email

Active Aging Week Activities Begin September 21


Central Florida’s booming 50+ population—about one-third of the population in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville—will have access to a wide range of activities ranging from an art show and brain health games to community walks and poetry reading during Active Aging Week the last week in September.

Led by the International Council on Active Aging, Active Aging Week is an annual health promotion event celebrating adults ages 50 and older and promoting the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle. It also highlights the ability of older adults to live well, regardless of age or health conditions.

Local host organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada offer activities and events that are free or low cost, educational, and presented in a safe, fun and friendly atmosphere.  The theme of Active Aging Week 2014 is “Let the Adventure Begin.”

Local Active Aging Week activities are being organized and promoted by the Winter Park Health Foundation and the Senior Resource Alliance in cooperation with a variety of local organizations. The schedule of events is extensive.

Each day of the week, beginning Sunday, September 21, will focus on a specific topic including foot health, walking, falls prevention, bone health, intergenerational activities, brain health and a celebration of active aging. The week will end on Saturday, September 27 with a Celebration of Active Aging.

There are some 20 events to choose from presented by a variety of community organizations working with WPHF and SRA to make area’s first community-wide Active Aging Week a success.

The menu of free activities includes podiatric screenings and consultations with physicians; community walks; educational sessions on falls prevention, bone health and osteoporosis; an art show; brain health games; nutrition education; a volunteer fair; container gardening with kids, special movie screenings, and many opportunities to interact with medical professionals.

“We are a community rich in resources that support active aging, though people may not be aware of them,” said Diana Silvey, WPHF Program Director. “This week-long celebration provides a great opportunity for local organizations to showcase the many benefits of healthy living while highlighting their products and services.  We hope that by increasing awareness, we will motivate older adults to try new activities and become engaged in a healthier, active lifestyle.”

For locations, directions & details about Active Aging Week and the full schedule of events, click here.

Lynn Carolan
Communications Specialist
Winter Park Health Foundation
407-644-2300 ext. 234


Neighbors Network Survey


Help Neighbors Network identify how health, community involvement, social relationships, and opinions about neighborhoods contribute to interests in civic engagement or aging in place among older adults by filling out a survey.  

Your responses to the survey are very important to the success of the project as they will help us advance the development of the teaching and community engagement missions of University of Central Florida. The survey project is providing research opportunities for an undergraduate Honors in the Major thesis and student research assistantships. In addition, results from the survey will help a new community organization for adults 55+, the Neighbors Network, plan its initial activities.

The survey consists of 40 questions and should take you no more than 20 minutes to complete. Please click here to take the survey now.

Your participation in this study is voluntary and your survey responses anonymous. There is no benefit, or compensation provided if you choose to participate. You have the option to not answer individual questions or terminate your participation at any time during the survey without penalty. Should you have questions about the survey feel free to contact Denise Gammonley or 407 821 2215.

 By taking this survey, we will be able to provide information to strengthen resources for older adults in our community and prepare the next generation of workers to support our aging population.

Perfect Father’s Day Gift?

Our Whole Community is pleased to be a partner with Neighbors Network, a new non-profit organization that is focused on aging at home with confidence.  Neighbors Network is a membership organization where members have volunteers help accomplish tasks that older Americans may not be able to do themselves.  Some tasks might include minor cleaning tasks, organizing, etc.  Members also have access to a vetted vendor list of services and social events.  Members must live in the Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville areas of Central Florida.

A Neighbors Network membership may be the perfect gift for your mom or dad!  In fact, Neighbors Network is offering a special price until June 30th.  See below for details and/or visit the Neighbors Network website for more information on membership.


CPR/AED & First Aid Certification Class June 5

CPR/AED & First Aid Certification Class June 5 in Winter Park

(May 28, 2014 – Orlando, FL) Become certified and learn how to save lives on June 5, 2014, with first aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training at Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Avenue in Winter Park.

The 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. class in Fellowship Hall, which will include training on adults and children, costs $10 per person.

“Anyone wishing to learn these essential skills are invited to attend,” says Lavon Williams, Board Chair of Our Whole Community of which Winter Park Presbyterian Church is a member.

Space is limited and attendees must register by May 30. For more information, call 407.647.1467 x101, or visit


Annual Macedonia Health Fair, April 26th


WHAT: It’s time to rejuvenate your health. Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Eatonville, FL invites the entire community to their FREE annual Health and Wellness Fair. The event offers participants screenings and education in many areas of health, plus fun for the entire family – all for FREE!

Screenings being provided at the event include: Mammograms, vision, hearing, asthma, HIV, memory, spinal, balance, cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, body fat analysis, mini physicals and medication evaluations (pharmacist). Plus, they will host a blood drive during the event.

In addition to the health fair there will be over 50 exhibitors, door prizes, free entertainment, free food; and free activities for children including: face painting, Wii game theater, bounce house apparatus, and field games.

WHO: Open to the public (FREE)

WHERE: Hungerford Prep High School Gymnasium
100 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Eatonville, FL 32751.

WHEN: Saturday, April 26th
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tonja Williams – 407-647-0010


Employment Training Available


Orange County is offering a 16 week course on job search basics.  If you have been wanting to improve your job searching and interview skills, this course may be just right for you.  The new year is the perfect time to review job search basics.  This training could improve your life… new year, new you!JobBasics

Plant Your Christmas Dinner

Deck the halls and start thinking about your Christmas dinner!  If you are planning on harvesting veggies from your garden for your Christmas dinner, now is the time to start planting.  At tonight’s Our Whole Community program, OWC Consultant Tia Meer taught 20 attendees how to plant seeds to be ready to harvest in December.  Just some of the veggies that Tia talked about were squash, beans, cucumbers, carrots and more.

Tia’s programming always includes a hands on experience and samples.  Attendees walked away with herbs, seeds and more.  They also enjoyed delicious teas infused with herbs from the garden.

The OWC Garden is located at 550 W. Morse Boulevard in Winter Park and the garden entrance is on Welbourne Avenue.

The next OWC garden program is Gifts from the Garden at Novemer 3rd, from 9 am – 1 pm, at the St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church Learning Garden.

Here are some pics from tonight’s event:

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