Immokalee bulletin
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Thursday, September 27, 2012 V ol. 45 No. 37 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Business News ...Page 5 Soccer Pit Cobras Still Undefeated ...Page 4 Inside... UF researchers nd rural America obesity rates higher ...Page 7 Letters to the Editor ...Page 3 BUY A NEW 2012 F150Get 0% APR Financing for 60 Months.* With approved credit through Ford Credit. Not all customers will qualify for 0% APR. See Dealer for details. Images are for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 10/01/12. A job well done!By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Give it your best and leave to grow. That’s the philosophy Rick Heers, the mind and the heart behind iHOPE, is following. By the end of the week, Rick and his wife Judy will be on the road, headed out to spend a month unwinding with family and friends. Under his guidance, iHOPE has become one of Immokalee’s best known agencies. Since its initial mission, providing decent housing for victims of Hurricane Wilma, the group has expanded to supporting local distribution and collaborative leadership, planning, recovery and advocacy. Rick is not abandoning his brain child. He’ll still be on the board, helping to navigate what will surely still be dif cult times ahead. However, recent months have shown some improvement, and he is con dent in the future. Rick admits keeping iHOPE a oat has been a nancial struggle for the last two years. In fact, he admits that his dream organization has been “rather consuming,” as he spends 40-50 hours per week at his “volunteer” position. Originally, iHOPE had nine staff. Now, since the economy has soured so much, the only paid staff member Dave Schubert, the warehouse manager. His wife, Misty, is a “full time volunteer.” Rick is looking forward to the day when iHOPE has three full time staff members the minimum he feels necessary to be ef cient. iHOPE’s future success is tied to its warehouse store, which offers quality new and used household and construction goods at incredible savings. All you have to do is become a member for just $25 per year for a family or $100 for a business, to bene t from the savings. iHOPE now has 480 family member and 21 business members, for a total of 501 members at this time. Rick said that 99.9 percent of iHOPE’s customers leave “really happy,” knowing they’ve got a wonderful deal at minimal cost. Rick Heers to retire as I HOPE Director Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantI HOPE’s longtime director, Rick Heers, will be retiring from the organization as of this month’s end. Mr. Heers’ amazing accomplishments are evident within the Immokalee community. See RICK — Page 2 By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin The promise of a college education is one of the biggest opportunities of all and Immokalee High School senior Candace Perez just learned that she’s been given the key to that dream. In a surprise presentation Sept. 19, she was presented with the Sun Life Rising Star $5,000 scholarship in front of the entire student body. This is the second year in a row an I.H.S. student has been chosen for this honor. Last year Mariela Vega was was surprised by representatives of the Miami Dolphins Foundation and Sun Life Financial. For Candace Perez, opportunity began in the second grade. She was born in Naples to a Guatemalan mother who supported her as a migrant worker. At home her mother, Silvia, spoke only Spanish and she had no formal education at all. Candace struggled in school. She attended Pinecrest Elementary, Immokalee Middle and is now a senior at Immokalee High School. In the second grade, Candace was losing her battle to get an education. Then she met Megan McCarthy with the after school program and things began to turn around. She was nally constructing her educational foundation. In the eighth grade she saw Ms. McCarthy again this time at the Guadalupe soup kitchen with her family at a time they had no work. By then Ms. McCarthy was running the Guadalupe after school program and she recruited Candace for the program. Candace said she made a connection with Ms. McCarthy she made her feel special, unique. Ms. McCarthy is responsible for getting Candace involved in the Tutor Corps at Immokalee High School. Because migrant children often enter school late and leave for the year, the Tutor Corps can be a very important opportunity for them to stay on track educationally. In her fourth year as a tutor, Candace has found a way to share her opportunity with other struggling children. With the small stipend tutors earn, Candace often helps Rising Star' Candace Perez gets surprise rewardSee STAR — Page 2 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantIHS senior, Candace Perez, the rst in her family to graduate high school will now enjoy a $5,000 college scholarship.


iHOPE’s origins came in a $10,000 Operation Blessing grant from Pat Robertson’s program, Rick recalls. Those original funds w ent to former United Methodist Church Pastor Peggy Benson, who went to Rick with it to “see who needs it most.” FEMA provided the names of the most desperate victims and IHOPE’s work began. Rick’s 24 years experience as a pastor, assistant pastor and school principal at private, Christian and public schools guided him to his achievements at iHOPE. At his retirement, Rick has a total of 35 y ears in helping people. In the beginning, Rick and Dick Rice visited several disaster organizations from Hurricane Charlie and got great advice on how to proceed with the dream and serve the v ictims of Wilma. In November 2005 Rick chaired a group of 40-50 community members which met w eekly at Community Park to draw up plans for the new organization. The group prepared to build iHOPE from scratch with the Community Foundation of Collier County as its scal agent till receiving its only non-pro t status in early 2006. Its main function was as a disaster recovery program, focusing on xing homes for low income owners. In the intervening years, hundreds of volunteers from all over the US have traveled to Immokalee to support iHOPE’s housing mission. After Wilma, iHOPE paid FEMA $500 for each trailer, and also paid their set up fees, w hich were to be repaid by the families. Rick said that all but eight have been paid off, and they’re still paying. Even after seven years, many of these original owners still live in their renovated trailer. Rick recalls that children were the main focal point in building iHOPE healthy homes were the goal for families in Immokalee. To that end, iHOPE has garnered some $3 million in total grants for the cause. In 2007, 17 retirees went through Immokalee and identi ed homes beyond repair. Using CDBG and SHIP grants. iHOPE built four green homes on the homeowners’ property, then built three more with Collier County and Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, for a total of seven green homes. The recipients are mainly the elderly and minorities, proud not to rely on others and enjoying a fresh start in a healthy home environment. Over the years, iHOPE has brought in $500,000 in volunteer labor to Immokalee. At the iHOPE warehouse, which has grown to three full bays from the original one, iHOPE enjoys the support of programs like Home Depot Gifts in Kind program, which provides returned and new discontinued items for iHOPE members to purchase, and World Vision donations. Rick credits Bob Just and Walter Burdick, who built the TMI building, affordable to iHOPE when the school district moved out. iHOPE now has three of these bays packed with home items discount prices for members. Proceeds from the warehouse are then used for iHOPE’s essential mission, housing. Before the warehouse was available, iHOPE held its inventory in seven semi tractor trailers a true nightmare Rick can smile about now. iHOPE partners with the Florida Interfaith Network with Jody Hill, the Florida and National VoAd Volunteer Organization Action in Disaster. Rick can easily tick off other groups that iHOPE has partnered with, including Community Foundation of Collier County, Presbyterian Destruction Assistance, Lutheran Service of Florida, United Methodist Community in Relief, United Way, Beasly Broadcast System, Catholic Charities, Church of Christ and Mountain ReSource (which provides goods purchase goods at minimal cost. Rick is ordained in the Assembly of God and Southern Baptist ministries and holds a Masters Degree in Administration in Christian schools and public schools, He started his educational career in St. Petersburg and Fort Myers K-12 with 700 students. All this prepared him for his life’s work and Rick acknowledges, “God brought me to Immokalee.” He said the door opened for him to teach at Immokalee schools, along with his wife, with whom he has shared his life for 47 years. Here in Immokalee he has served as principal at Highlands, Lake Trafford and Immokalee Middle School. Rick’s career in education was not his rst choice. His rst love was the ministry. He didn’t get into education until he met his wife, whom he appreciates as a “an absolutely fantastic teacher.” Starting out in the Adirondacks as a pastor and his wife a teacher, he said he got an “emergency” job teaching in October 1967 and, to his surprise, he loved it. In St. Petersburg he became an assistant and youth pastor, taught at a Christian school that he began. While serving as a pastor and teacher he earned his masters degree. Rick wears many hats. He serves as music director at First Baptist Church of Immokalee, chaplain at IFD and CCSO to help when “unrest” rears up. He worked on the Master Plan for eight years, was a mentor at IMS and volunteered at the old Drill Academy. He’s on the Health Care Network of Southwest Florida as secretary to the board, with the Rotary Club, is a past board member at the Friendship House, is on the school advisor y committee at Village Oaks and even occasionally writes for the Immokalee Bulletin. At Everglades First Baptist Church he was the interim pastor where he held services twice a week. He and his wife have three children their daughter Rebecca Perez was the IHS 1994 Valedictorian. He earned the Collier Emergency Management Award for starting the Immokalee Recovery Coordination Center to coordinate efforts for future disaster response with the sheriff’s of ce, re department, code enforcement and the schools. Rick hopes to rejuvenate the Communit y Emergency Response Team (CERT), which has lost momentum since IFD’s nancial struggles. A man with the energy and talent of Ric k Heers certainly has plans for his retirement. He’s looking forward to substitute teaching at Immokalee’s schools. “Teaching children is a pure joy,” he said. His wife has subbed for the past three years. Rick will remain on iHOPE’s board of directors. Still, he’ll miss seeing all the smiles from the families the organization helps. In addition to the physical improvements he’s helped to bring about in Immokalee, Rick said he’s proud of all church organizations that are working together. “It’s nice to be known by the community, to be welcomed with open arms. This is a special place,” he said. The Leadership Foundation is planning to honor Rick with the very rst Rick Heers Community Service Award. Like Rick’s own legacy the award will not stop with one person. The award is to be presented to a different true friend and hero of the Immokalee people every year. 2 Immokalee Bulletin September 27, 2012 To Reach UsMailing Address: P.O. Box 518 LaBelle, FL 33975 Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave. Website: www.newszap.com/immokaleeTo Submit NewsThe Immokalee Bulletin welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, story ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (239) 657-6000 to reach our newsroom. The deadline for all news items is 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the following Thursdays publication. 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All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ To operate this newspaper as a public trust and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. their own intelligent decisions about public issues. purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. the prominence it deserves. compassion. RICKContinued From Page 1 her mother out nancially. Candace said she still struggles with reading and comprehension, but “English is like my rst language now.” With the Sun Life scholarship and the $4,000 in scholarships she has earned for each year as a tutor, nothing stands in the between Candace and her opportunity. As important as these opening doors are to Candace, she is even more thrilled for her little brother, Elias, because she can give him the help she needed for so long. After graduating from college, Candace sees her future in a social work or sociology, back home in Immokalee, using her talent and hard-earned knowledge to help other kids like herself. She looks forward to giving others what she received. Said Candace, “I’m a very fortunate person.” Candace is very willing to share the credit for her success with others, saying she would not have these opportunities without being urged on by others. Her mother, for instance with no formal education is her biggest supporter. In addition to Tutor Corps, Candace also volunteers at the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, where her mother now works. At the CIW she helps by archiving media stories on the organization and has been involved in some protests. She has made a public speech in Georgi a in front of a crowd of 35,000 crowd about the CIW and traveled with other students to other parts of Florida, Georgia and New York. She did a presentation for the Girl Scouts in 2009 on what it’s like to be the daughter o f a migrant worker. She even was part of a group of students who attended President Obama’s inauguration. Candace said others have provided her with help along the way, including Donn a and Allan Ryans, mentors from the Guadalupe Center who are helping her go through the college process. Still, she said her mother is her most important supporter. Candace will be the rst person in her family to graduate from high school. “The day I graduate will be the happiest,” she smiled. She also wants her little brother to loo k up to her, so that he realizes he can achieve really big dreams as well. She says of her little brother, Elias, “He’s really something special to me.” She spends time reinforcing his lessons at home. Candace said her most important talent is the ability to set and meet goals. She ghts through things, does not stop, and does it the right way. For her part, Candace is very clear. After earning her education, she wants to come back to Immokalee. She wants to be a lin k to opportunity for other kids like herself. STARContinued From Page 1


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Survivors include his wife of forty-seven years, Golda Pauline (Skipper) Snyder; daughters, Karen (Waddy) Thompson, Laverne Massey and Gerri Lester; grandchildren, Brad Justice, Steven Justice, Robbie Massey, Ryan Massey, Emil y Lester DeVaney, and Erin Lester; and three great-grandchildren. Service was held on Sat., Sept. 22, 2012, at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle with Chaplain Bob Moore of ciating. Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle. Obituaries Christmas around the World Parade and GalaThe Immokalee Christmas Around the W orld Committee and the Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting its 20th A nnual Christmas around the World Parade and Gala on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 5:30 PM. The parade will start on the corner of Carver and First Street directly across from the Immokalee Seminole Casino. This year’s Christmas Parade and Gala Theme...”Fun N’ Games” The parade will feature oat competition entries. This year is very special. Our beautiful Christmas Parade is vying for the W orld’s Guinness Book Record for the “Second Largest Winter Festival” in Southwest Florida. We need our entire community to join in with making History in Immokalee. W e need lots of entries into the parade. The Gala will start immediately after the Christmas Parade. This year Park & Rrecreation will be charging an entrance fee to the Gala. It will cost $1 per person, children 6 y ears and under FREE!. The Gala is hosting a “COMMUNITY BABY PHOTO CONTEST.” If you think you have the cutest baby or the most photogenic baby, please send the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce,(1300 North 15th Street, Suite #2) a Photo. Starting Date is Oct. 1, to Nov. 23. Send only One 8 X 10 photo(non-returnable) of y our baby for Of cial Judging. All babies must range in age from 0 to 24 months. All baby pictures must be dressed in Christmas colors of...red, green. gold or white. Each w inner’s photo will be displayed the night of our Gala under Santa’s Tent and receive a beautiful Christmas Certi cate. On the back of each Photo..Mothers or Guardians must give her correct name and the name of baby with a current phone number. The Christmas committee will notify all winners by telephone by December 3. If you have questions concerning this Event..please call Patricia at The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce239-657-3237 (Parade) or Derrick Dimas at Parks & Recreation239-657-1951(Gala). Thanks for your continued support Cherryle ThomasChristmas Event ChairChildish Behavior As a Democrat candidate for county commissioner, I support funding for the Collier Area Transit (CAT) bus routes in Immokalee. Local Routes 8a & 8b serve the daily needs of low income families. Route 5 from Immokalee to the Gov’t Center is the only way many residents commute to their jobs in Naples. And Express Route 7 from Immokalee to Marco Island ef ciently transports workers to the Marco Island hotels. Unfortunately, at a CAT Transit Workshop meeting last week, Commissioner Georgia Hiller, a supporter of my Republican opponent Tim Nance, used false unscienti c data to suggest that only 1.33% of the county population uses CAT, implying that government should reduce funds for poor people. Her lack of knowledge of transit statistics shows an insensitivity towards the needs of minorities in Immokalee, and is another example of the “culture of discrimination” in Collier County. I challenge Georgia to re ect on her childish behavior, through her use of awed data, and to please understand that public funding of transportation is vital to Immokaleeans. John “Robinhood” Lundin Immokalee Letters to the Editor Using social media to build your business A workshopLet social media increase your market share! A workshop to help business owners understand the bene ts of social media in business is planned for Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. until noon. This workshop is Free but pre-registration is essential. The workshop, presented by Ingrid Molina and Javier Fuller of Fuller Online Solutions will introduce such concepts as: Why your business should be on Social Media; do’s and don’ts when marketing; social media etiquette; best techniques to increase your business bottom line and how to build your list of friends, followers, likes, etc. The workshop will be held at 1320 N. 15th Street, Immokalee. Call 239-867-4121 ext 206 or go online: MarieCapita@immokalee.biz By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin A new Immokalee Master Plan still eludes members of the county commission. Proponants of the new plan were still unable to build a majority at the September 25 county commission meeting supposedly the nal opportunity to pass the overplan that would govern Immokalee’s future layout. After another three hours of wrangling and going over details, District 5 Commissioner JIm Coletta unwapped a surprise package another chance at reviving the plan. Saying people had “too much invested to walk away,” Commissioner Coletta revealed that CRA Director Penny Phillippi had been in contact with the Department of Economic Opportnity in Tallahassee and had secured another six months extension. Commissioner Coletta suggested that Immokalee come up with its own plan. After the September 11 commission meeting, the CRA worked to address eight sticking points remaining in the plan. After Tuesday’s meeting, several still remained in contention, with Commissioners Henning and Hiller immovable in their opposition. Commissioners Coyle, Coletta and Fiala voted yes to accepting the six-month extension. Sticking points included the inclusion of the 103-acre area by the airport in the plan, the existence of mobile home parks in Immokalee and farmworker labor camps in the commercial area. Another extension for Master Plan


4 Immokalee Bulletin September 27, 2012 Town Hall meeting informs hundreds By Joe LandonCollier County District Schools The Superintendent’s Town Hall Meeting held in the Immokalee High School Auditorium on Tuesday night was “very helpful” according to one of the 250 attendees. Someone else appreciated “the openness of our Superintendent,” saying “thank you for taking the time to recognize our community and to address our concerns.” Yet another attendee liked “the sharing of the simple ways to help our kids – in easy to understand words, too.” And yet another appreciated “Dr. Patton making time to come to our community of Immokalee,” claiming to be “still in awe hearing Dr. Patton speak.” Based on that feedback alone, the Town Hall Meeting hosted by our Superintendent, Dr. Kamela Patton, was hugely successful. During the Q&A portion of the evening, a good number of questions were received from the audience. There was a question posed about a math program that’s being rolled out, there were a couple of questions about FCAT, and a parent in the house wanted to know how parents can become more involved in their child’s education. Dr. Patton was given the chance to share her philosophy regarding education when someone asked what she felt the purpose of education is. Many there took advantage of the translation services that were made available, and right before the meeting began, everyone seemed to enjoy the awesome performance of the Marching Indians band in the courtyard and a video showing off students from several Immokalee schools. All in all, it was a wonderful evening. Now here’s another opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Patton and the ve members of the Collier County School Board. There’s an of cial School Board Meeting planned for the afternoon of October 9th, a Tuesday, and it too will be held in the beautiful Immokalee High School Auditorium. It is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and you are most cordially invited to attend. Dr. Patton, and the School Board Members, would love to have you join them. One of the highlights of the evening – the Immokalee High School BETA Club will be recognized by the School Board for being crowned National Champions in the Campaign Skit team competition at the National BETA Club Convention. BETA stands for “Better Education Through Achievement,” and the club’s motto is “Let us lead by serving others.” Its members certainly do, in so many ways. “We hope to see you at Immokalee High School on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9.” And that’s a personal invitation extended especially to you by School Board Chair Roy Terry. See you there! Students First Edison State College Collier Campus is hosting a Dual Enrollment Information Night for all Collier County high school, technical school and home school students and their parents. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 in the new Allen & Marla Weiss Health Sciences Hall, Building, N-148 of Edison State College Collier Campus. “This is a great opportunity for area high school students to learn how they can simultaneously earn college credit while working on their high school diploma,” said Dr. Robert R. Jones, Campus President, Edison State College Collier Campus. “This is an excellent chance for students to get a head start on their college education goals.” Students participating in dual enrollment earn college credit without paying for tuition, fees or books. “We appreciate the collaborative partnership we have with Collier County schools so that dual enrollment for high school students is possible,” said Dr. Christine Davis, Campus Dean of Student Affairs. For additional information and to RSPV, please email Ashley.sunyog@edison.edu. Edison State Collier Campus to host dual enrollment night By Manny TouronSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin It was a great weekend for three Cobra teams at the Immokalee Sports Complex. It all started Saturday September 22nd with the U18 Boys. The team faced The Brandon Flames at 11 a.m. Brandon went ahead early in the rst half but the boys quickly tied the score on a goal by Eric Leon. The Cobras scores three more goals before Brandon scored the last goal. The boys continue to stand alone in rst place in the South Division of the USA League. The next game will be this weekend at the Sports Complex at 11 a.m. against Englewood. The U12 boys continue the weekend w inning ways by defeating the Lee County Strikers by the score of 5-2. This was a team that they were not able to beat last year. This is a well prepared group of players. Coaches Aniceto Hernandez and Hector Barrera have done great work with these boys. We are expecting a lot of great things from this group of boys throughout the season. The U18 girls nished out the weekend by beating the San Carlos Scorpions by the score of 2-1. The Scorpions scored a goal late in the rst half as the half ended with the Scorpions ahead by a 1-0 score. The Cobras tied the game in the second half and went ahead for good when Maria Leon converted a penalty kick late in the game. The girls have played well so far this season and are getting better each game they play. Soccer Pit Cobras teams sweep weekend games Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Manny TouronThe U18 Soccer Pit Cobras are once again victorious in season play. The team was just one of three local Immokalee teams that played in last Saturday’s games against the Brandon Flames. Other local teams faired well during the games including the U12 boys beating Lee County Strikers 5-2 and also the girls’ U18 team took a big win over San Carlos Scorpions. Head on over to the Sports Complex this coming Saturday at 11 a.m. to see our hometown teams take another win over Englewood. Go Cobras! G o C o b r a s Go Cobras!


5 Immokalee Bulletin September 27, 2012 Celebrations .newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? Birthday? Holiday? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineFor a modest charge, each package includes: and family Submit your good news today at Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Immokalee Chamber of CommerceChamber recognitionThe Immokalee Chamber is proud to recognize Mr. Daniel Rosbough and Jennifer Saldivar for their outstanding support! From left to right. Daniel Rosbough, Jennifer Saldivar and Bernardo Barnhart, president of The Immokalee Chamber. It may not be the rst service you think of, but eventually, everybody needs to have something printed. So, having a great printer right here in Immokalee makes the whole process simple. Print Shop franchise owner Letti McConnell said the of ce opened in July and offers all types of printing for local customers. Need new business cards? How about pamphlets or planners? The Print Shop can customize a whole array of promotional items for your business or for your personal use. Metal banners by the Print Shop are displayed at Immokalee High School and Middle School at the football eld and gym. How about a promotional ag for your business? Bring in your own items for printing single pieces or large quantities, the Print Shop has affordable prices, as well. And then, there are T-shirts. Choose from hot press or screen print. Letti promises "awesome quality" either way. Big plans are in the future, too. Think car w raps. She said in most cases customers can expect a three-to- ve day turn around in their orders. And don't forget the free delivery in Immokalee. A hometown girl, Letti (Ramos) McConnell is a 2005 graduate of Immokalee High School and got her graphics instruction in iTECH's multi media design course. She had her brother-in-law Joe Boney run the shop and partner with the Naples, Bonita and Marco Island stores, working together and backing each other up as needed. The Print Shop is the largest printing service in Southwest Florida. The Print Shop rents space at the Chamber of Commerce. As chamber members Letti said she enjoys the informative monthly breakfast meetings, adding that it's good to let other members know you're here. Letti is proud of the good personal relations small town businesses have with their customers. The Print Shop is just getting started. Letti looks forward to expanding to a wide format printer for the biggest jobs. Okay, so you've got a computer and a printer. You can do lots of printing on your own. But for those special jobs you will save time, ink, paper and get low cost quality at the Print Shop. Printing services business opens in Immokalee Special to the Immokalee BulletinNew business owner, Letti McConnell, shows off a great eye-catching t-shirt designed in her new printing shop. The former IHS grad has just opened her own franchise printing business “The Print Shop” in Immokalee and brings a comprehensive list of services and services provided. If your business is looking for a great new banner, look no more. This new business will surely ll the order along with needs for business cards and stationary, t-shirts for events, brochures for information and a whole array of other items as well.


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Business & Service Directory AUCTION1995 Pontiac1G2HZ52K0S4232702 Time for a new car? Check out this auction onOct 8, 2012 at 9amKeiths Towing (239) 657-5741 Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Lic#CCC1325950 Of“ce: (863) 675-704 5 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 7 Immokalee Bulletin September 27, 2012 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The occurrence of obesity in rural areas of the U.S. is signi cantly higher than in urban areas, a new study from University of Florida researchers and colleagues has found. Forty percent of rural residents are obese, compared with 33 percent of urban residents. The study is the rst to use body mass index, or BMI, classi cation based on researcher-measured height and weight to compare rates of obesity in rural and urban adults. Previous studies relied on participants’ selfreports of height and weight, which led to too-low estimates of obesity, the researchers say. “I was surprised by the magnitude of the rural-urban difference — it was larger than expected and much larger than previously estimated,” said senior author Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., a professor and dean of the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions. The ndings appear in the fall issue of the J ournal of Rural Health, published by the National Rural Health Association. Nearly 60 million people, or 19 percent of the population, live in rural areas, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Perri and fellow investigators Christie Befort, Ph.D., and Niaman Nazir, M.D., both of the University of Kansas Medical Center, analyzed data from the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, which gathers health information through interviews and clinical examinations. Survey participants included 7,325 urban and 1,490 rural residents between the ages of 20 and 75. Height and weight were measured in a mobile examination center and participants reported all food and beverages they had consumed over two 24-hour periods and the frequency and intensity of their physical activity. Age, race, gender, marital status, education and income data was also collected. Almost 40 percent of rural adults were obese — having a BMI of 30 or greater — compared with just over 33 percent of urban adults. Among rural participants, several factors were associated with higher rates of obesity, including being married, being AfricanAmerican, or consuming a higher daily calorie intake or a higher percentage of calories from fat. Urban dwellers were more likely to be obese if they were older, African-American, had less education, were inactive and consumed a higher percentage of calories from fat. There was no difference in physical activity between the rural and urban participants, but rural participants consumed a much higher percentage of their daily calories from fat. That nding is in keeping with reports from previous rural health studies that heavy meals and limited access to healthy foods are common in rural areas. A diet with a higher percentage of calories from fat was the strongest determinant of obesity and a major contributor to the obesity disparity between rural and urban Americans. When age was taken into account, the rural-urban disparity was seen in participants ages 20 to 39, but not among older adults. The researchers theorize that a combination of heavier meals and increased mechanization of traditional rural occupations such as farming and logging might account for the increased obesity rates among young rural workers. “This analysis can be a turning point in the efforts to ensure adequate attention to obesity in rural America,” said Shiriki Kumanyika, Ph.D., M.P.H., a professor of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study. “Not only does it document the higher prevalence of obesity, particularly among young adults and blac k Americans in rural areas, but it also provides a solid baseline for measuring future progress in addressing the disparities. The ndings about demographic and behavioral factors that relate to obesity remind us that approaches for addressing obesity differ somewhat in rural and urban areas.” Greater attention should be paid to the problem of obesity in rural areas, where residents have higher rates of chronic disease and premature death, and poorer access to health care services, the researchers say. “Rural areas have fewer resources to assist residents with lifestyle changes related to weight management,” said Perri, a professor of clinical and health psychology. One solution may be to tap the expertise of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service, an educational network with of ces in nearly ever y U.S. county, said Perri, who has led several behavioral weight management studies for rural residents in collaboration with that service. “The infrastructure offers an ideal opportunity for providing weight management services to residents of rural counties,” he said. “We have demonstrated the real bene ts of offering such programs in this way to children as well as adults.” Recent UF&Shands news releases are available at https://ufandshands.org/news / media-resources A guide to UF health and medical experts is available at http://www.experts.u .edu/ Studies show obesity higher in rural America -State Surgeon General sees progress with PDMP-TALLAHASSEEThe Florida Department of Health continues to see progress as a result of the passage of legislation that created the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Since the implementation of the bill following the 2011 Legislative session, the creation and use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has helped to protect public health and safety by reducing deaths in Florida due to prescription drug abuse. “We are seeing appropriate use of PDMP to save lives though a safer system of controlled substance prescribing and dispensing,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “The funding of PDMP is sustainable through the end of scal year 2012-13, and I have every con dence that any additional funding needs will be addressed.” The multi-faceted approach to the prescription drug abuse and diversion components in the law include increasing penalties for overprescribing controlled substances, tracking of the wholesale distribution of certain controlled substances, and supporting the continued efforts of collaboration among state agencies, state and local law enforcement, and state prosecutors. In 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS) reported that 90 of the top 100 oxycodone purchasing physicians in the nation were located in Florida. This number was dramatically reduced by 86 percent as a result of the passage of HB 7095 during the 2011 Florida legislative session, which prohibited doctors from dispensing opioid based pain relievers, increased law enforcement activity, added regulatory actions against doctors’ licenses, and more stringent reporting timeframes to the PDMP. The number of Florida doctors who appeared on the top purchasers list was reduced to 13 out of the top 100 as a result of these changes. The Florida Department of Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For news story ideas, interviews, videos and more from DOH Communications visit the DOH Online Newsroom. Rx drug monitoring program protects Floridians Collier County residents who wish to vote in the 2012 General Election must be registered by Oct. 9. The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6, General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 9. Once the registration books are closed, voter registrations may be accepted for the purpose of subsequent elections only. To register, eligible citizens must complete a voter registration application form. A pplication forms are available at the CollierVotes.com “Register to Vote” web page, the Supervisor of Elections of ces, driver license of ces, public libraries, government satellite of ces, recruitment of ces of the armed forces, and state agencies that prov ide public assistance and services to disabled residents. Application forms must be printed, signed and returned to the Supervisor of Elections of ce. The main of ce in the Collier Government Complex, 3295 Tamiami Trail will extend its hours to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9, to acommodate additional new registrants. To verify voter registration status, registered voters may go online to the CollierVotes.com “Am I Registered” web page. For more information on Collier County Elections, visit www.CollierVotes.com or contact the Supervisor of Elections of ce at 239-252-8450. V oter registration books to close in two weeks Immokalee High School Class of 1992 Reunion plannedAttention Immokalee High School class of 1992: Our 20 year class reunion is set, schedule as follows: Friday, Nov. 9. Meet at 6 p.m. at the IHS homecoming game, after party at the casino, Saturday, Nov. 10, formal dinner at Lani Kai in ft.myers beach,at the Sabal Palm Room, (coctails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing at 9 p.m.) and Sunday is open for anything. For more information please go to our page on facebook, “Immokalee class of 1992 reunion group.”


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