Nurse 'can't imagine' not giving CPR

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A First Coast nurse who saved a total stranger with CPR says she couldn't imagine not doing anything to help.

"God put me there at the right time and I was able to help and she's alive and well for that reason," said Jennifer Morton, a Licensed Practical Nurse at Oakleaf Village Elementary.

It was the complete opposite of what happened to a California woman who was deprived of CPR while she was dying. Just before Christmas, Morton was visiting an Orlando theme park with her family when her husband told her someone had collapsed on the ground.

"Well I just wanted to see if I could help. So many people were walking around not paying any attention," said Morton.

Girl raising awareness for grandma's terminal disease

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- It started with a heartfelt post this weekend on the First Coast News Facebook page. Now, a 12-year-old Jacksonville girl on a mission to help raise awareness about a fatal disease her grandmother is battling has connected with people around the world.

Logan Gable's grandmother, Marlene Gable of Orange Park, means the world to her. She said her grandmother has always put others before herself, from helping homeless children to helping the elderly. Now as Marlene battles Multiple System Atrophy, known as MSA, Logan wants to help her achieve her goal before it's too late. They are pushing for the state of Florida to follow in the footsteps of several other states and recognize March as "MSA Awareness Month."

Why I'm Running: Nick Maedel

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Nick Maedel is one of many elite runners in the field for this year's 26.2 With Donna, but he won't have to travel far.

Nick grew up in Orange Park.  He was a star cross country runner at Ridgeview High School, and he earned an opportunity to compete for the cross country team at Florida State University.

Sunday will be Nick's first full marathon.  In addition to wanting to conquer this personal challenge, Maedel is also running to honor his mother, a cancer survivor.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – LA Fitness is pleased to announce that it will open four new health clubs in the Jacksonville, Fla., area this October. The locations of the clubs, which the company selected based on accessibility and convenience, are at Atlantic and Kernan; University Drive and St. Augustine Boulevard in Lakewood; Blanding Boulevard at 9A in Orange Park; and Atlantic Boulevard and Penman Road in Atlantic Beach. Presale memberships are now available for all four locations. 

Clay County Health Department receives national recognition


GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The National Association of Counties (NACo) selected the Clay County First-in-Florida Text for Health Notification Program as the recipient of their 2012 Best in Category Achievement for Health. The award was formally presented at the NACo’s annual conference July 15th. The Association presents awards across 21 categories to innovative programs that modernize county government and increase services to residents.

Take steps to reduce mosquitoes


The Clay County Health Department and Clay County Mosquito Control remind residents of steps to take to reduce the areas where mosquitoes breed. “While there have been no cases of West Nile reported to our health department, we are advising residents and visitors to Clay County to take action to protect themselves from mosquito bites and help remove places where mosquitoes breed by following the drain and cover recommendations,” stated Nancy Mills, Health Department Administrator.

44 percent of workers have gained weight on the job

44 percent of workers have gained weight on the job


It’s happened to most of us, especially desk-bound workers. We’re at work and feeling as if we’ve been snacking all day. A handful of candy here and a bag of chips there doesn’t seem like a lot, but it adds up, especially when it comes to the numbers on the scale.