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[Sponsored] Orange County Has ‘Got You Covered’ During COVID-19 Pandemic



Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings dons a facemask with the U.S., Florida, and City of Orlando flags behind him. Photo: Orange County Government.
By Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings
Wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic is not a political statement or a personal opinion. It is a moral and civic obligation to yourself, your family, your neighbors and your community, so that we can slow the spread of the virus and ultimately, contain it.
Since there is not an FDA-approved vaccination at this time for COVID-19, the CDC experts say wearing a face covering or mask is our best chance at stopping the spread of the virus.
To make sure everyone is masking up, I issued an Executive Order in June. It mandates the wearing of face coverings for anyone working, living, visiting or doing business in Orange County. It will remain in effect until further notice.
My other priority is to keep all of you informed. I have led more than 60 news conferences reporting the latest COVID-19 information for our residents. At each update, the Florida Department of Health Orange County’s Health Administrator Dr. Raul Pino stresses the importance of the three W’s:
  • Wear a mask or covering over your nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
  • Watch distance— stay six feet apart, avoid close contact and large crowds/gatherings

These actions are working. Our numbers are going down, but we must all continue to follow the CDC guidelines and wear a mask. We cannot stop now! We are finally seeing our efforts pay off in this war against the coronavirus.

To that end, I am proud to announce Orange County Government’s latest public health campaign: We Got You Covered. It is a reminder to protect yourself and others by doing the right thing and wearing a mask. This initiative will strengthen our coordinated response to the virus’ impact on Orange County.

In addition to protecting the health and well-being of our residents, we want to make sure our local businesses are safe as well. The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force’s Consumer Confidence Survey found that 69% of consumers are more likely to patronize a business that requires its employees to wear face masks.

In order to improve adherence to CDC guidelines, we formed “Strike Teams,” which are made up of code enforcement officials and others to make sure businesses are in compliance. So far, they have visited over 1,100 establishments and were delighted to find nearly 85% of business owners following the rules to help keep customers and employees safe.

Please know that Orange County Government is working hard to keep you safe during this unprecedented time. Thank you for your commitment in helping us grow stronger and safer together! For more information on the “We Got You Covered” campaign, visit


iHerb® and NFL Alumni Health Team Up to Provide Valuable Membership Perks



NFL Alumni Official, Mike Brodsky, Host and Associate Editor of Super Bowl Events for Florida National News, iHerb Global Advisor Dr. Mehmet Oz, Bill Davis, NFL Alumni Health, and Kyle Richardson, NFL Alumni visits Super Bowl LVIII Radio Row at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Brion Price / Florida National News

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — iHerb, one of the world’s leading e-commerce retailers for vitamins, minerals, supplements and other health and wellness products, announced a strategic alliance with the National Football League Alumni Association to offer its members and the general public access to a curated selection of wellness products.

To promote the newly formed partnership, iHerb Global Advisor Dr. Mehmet Oz was a featured speaker at the “Huddle for Health” NFL Alumni Health Symposium held Feb. 6 in Las Vegas. With numerous members and guests in attendance, Dr. Oz discussed the essential role vitamins and nutrients play in extending one’s longevity.

“One of the primary reasons our nonprofit organization exists is to help ensure the long-term health of our members,” said NFL Alumni CEO Brad Edwards. “As iHerb and Dr. Oz work together to make health and wellness more accessible, our members and supporters can access this platform as a crucial component of taking a proactive approach to optimizing their health and improving their overall well-being.”

Starting today, NFL Alumni members and fans are eligible for up to 15% off iHerb orders of $60 or more using promo code “NFLALUMNI.” As part of the NFL Alumni’s “Get What the Pros Get” initiative, iHerb is extending the “NFLALUMNI” promo code to the public for a limited time. A portion of the proceeds from each order will help the NFL Alumni advance its support of community organizations that serve children and families in need.

iHerb is proud to join other health and wellness providers that offer information, resources and tools to help NFL Alumni members enhance their quality of life long after their time on the field.

To learn more about the NFL Alumni and its charitable partners, please click here. To view all press releases from iHerb, please visit:

About iHerb:
iHerb is one of the world’s leading e-commerce destinations dedicated to offering a vast selection of vitamins, minerals, supplements and other health and wellness products. Supported by a global workforce of 3,000 team members, iHerb serves more than 10 million global active customers across more than 180 countries and 19 languages. iHerb’s sophistical global logistics network is anchored by eight climate-controlled fulfillments centers located in the U.S. and Asia, providing customers a seamless and reliable shopping experience. Founded in 1996 and based in Irvine, California, iHerb is on a mission to make health and wellness accessible to all. For more information, please visit

About NFL Alumni (NFLA):
NFLA is an organization with a nationwide reach comprised primarily of National Football League players, coaches, and other employees whose mission since 1967 is “Caring for our Own” and “Caring for Kids.” The mission of the NFLA is furthered by numerous efforts, including raising funds to support its members, their communities, and qualified youth-oriented charities. NFL Alumni Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of NFL Alumni, offering informational resources, programs, services, and other offerings for NFL Alumni members and the general public.

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Being Health Launches With $5.4 Million in Funding and a Mission to Bring the Best of Psychiatry and Novel Treatments Under One Roof



Being Health Reception. Credit: Alexandra Rowley

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Being Health, a psychiatrist-founded modern mental health practice, launches today to bring the best of psychiatry, psychotherapy, novel treatments (such as ketamine infusion therapy), functional medicine and wellness services (such as acupuncture and nutrition) all under one roof for a seamless patient experience in New York City. Being Health has raised $5.4 million to date in funding from 18 Park and HDS Capital.

“Opportunities for enhancing the mental health care system are rapidly expanding and we see ourselves at the forefront of these innovations”

In a world that offers one-size-fits-all solutions, Being Health was created for patients who desire a truly personalized approach to mental health care that emphasizes the impact of both mind and body on a person’s well-being. Being Health offers a multi-dimensional approach and provides access to a diversity of evidence-based treatments to patients experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress.

Co-founded and led by Cornell-trained psychiatrist Dr. Allie Sharma, Being Health’s care team includes a diverse array of clinicians – such as psychiatrists, psychotherapists, nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), functional medicine physicians, nutritionists, acupuncturists and care advocates – all working together to provide exceptional patient care and better patient outcomes.

“We are combining the best of what is tried and tested in psychiatry with what is new and novel in our field,” said Dr. Allie Sharma, Being Health co-founder and Chief Medical Officer. “More and more Americans are grappling with mental health conditions, with far too many feeling overwhelmed by the burden of navigating their own care. At Being Health we’ve created a modern mental health practice that seamlessly incorporates a diversity of therapeutic approaches including, for example, ketamine infusion therapy for treatment resistant depression or functional medicine combined with nutritional support to optimize both health and mental health outcomes, which we know are inextricably linked.”

Being Health’s modern mental health practice is guided by empathic clinicians and clinical excellence under the leadership of Medical Director Dr. Hudson Elmore. With multiple disciplines offered under one roof, Being Health’s team of clinicians collaborate with each other to personalize care according to individual needs, offering the potential for optimized mental health outcomes.

“Being Health’s integrated model of care leveraging traditional and novel treatments is positioned to play a leading role in transforming mental health care as we know it,” said Haim Dabah, founder of HDS Capital and lead investor. “By expanding the mental health toolkit and building a team of best-in-class clinicians coupled with gold standard safety protocols, Being Health can serve as a bridge to bring innovative treatments to patients in a safe, clinical environment.

“Today there are more than fifty biotech and pharmaceutical companies investing hundreds of millions of dollars into the development of promising therapeutic applications of novel treatments with approximately thirty clinical trials in Phase II and Phase III with promising results. Upon FDA approval, these novel treatments will likely require delivery to patients in clinically-monitored settings. Being Health is poised to become first-to-market to deliver these novel treatments to patients.”

Being Health offers both in-person and virtual care, with a two-story, 7,000 square foot built-to-suit clinic located in Lower Manhattan at 76 Beaver St. The state-of-the-art facility features 22 spacious rooms for in-person services. New patients can book consultations online at

“Opportunities for enhancing the mental health care system are rapidly expanding and we see ourselves at the forefront of these innovations,” said Stephen Dabah co-founder & president. “We are creating a new standard for modern mental health care and are developing an ecosystem for the future delivery of novel treatments as they become FDA-approved.”

About Being Health

Co-founded in 2023 by Dr. Allie Sharma, a Cornell trained and board certified Psychiatrist and behavioral health strategist, and Stephen Dabah, a healthcare entrepreneur, Being Health is an integrated mental health practice that leverages the best of psychiatry, novel treatments, psychotherapy, functional medicine and wellness services to personalize care and help people feel better in their everyday state of being. Being Health is setting a new standard for mental health by bringing together diverse therapeutic modalities under one roof. The Being Health team of empathic, highly skilled clinicians collaborates to optimize outcomes for individuals seeking support and treatment across a spectrum of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma. Clinical services are offered virtually and in-person at their clinic in New York City’s Financial District, opening in January 2024. Being Health is committed to fair and transparent pricing, with prices always upfront and no surprise bills or fees. To learn more about Being Health, please visit

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Romero Britto, Pamela Silva, Maity Interiano, Adrianne Calvo celebrate 20 years of St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign at star-studded Miami event



MIAM, Fla. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Artists, chefs, media celebrities and tastemakers alike came together for a dazzling evening of festivities last week at Britto Palace to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign.

“Thank God we have St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I am so grateful to support such an amazing organization that helps spread hope, healing and love through its incredible work.”

The signature holiday campaign offers shoppers the chance to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® by making online and in-store donations or purchasing limited-edition products from the nation’s top retailers. Funds raised help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food ― so they can focus on helping their child live.

World-renowned artist Romero Britto shared, “Thank God we have St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I am so grateful to support such an amazing organization that helps spread hope, healing and love through its incredible work.”

Guests enjoyed learning about the beloved campaign and the incredible partners and products that benefit St. Jude. Guests heard from a St. Jude patient family and enjoyed a delicious feast courtesy of celebrity chef Adrianne Calvo. Live entertainment was provided by Leslie Cartaya and guests mingled with media celebrities, including national TV anchors Pamela Silva and Maity Interiano and enjoyed a private tour of Britto Palace.

Calvo added, “I feel blessed to be able to support St. Jude for the last 16 years. Every year, it brings such joy to my family and me to travel to St. Jude in Memphis and prepare a ‘taste of home’ meal for patient families spending the holidays there who may be missing their Nochebuena meals with their extended families. Sharing food brings us together, and it’s an honor to be part of the St. Jude family.”

This holiday season, find ways to give back through the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.

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