Don’t want the flu? Here’s what you can do

Tarrant County Public Health reports that the Fort Worth area is experiencing a flu outbreak that is one of the more serious of the past decade.

“Recognize the early symptoms of this disease and consult your health care provider so you can get on an antiviral medicine like Tamiflu or Relenza. This could lessen the severity of the disease for you,” said Russell Jones, chief epidemiologist with Tarrant County Public Health.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to hospitalization or death.

Important flu prevention tips for everyone:

  • Get a flu vaccine and avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you’re sick, limit personal contact to keep from infecting others. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever ends.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean shared spaces more often — desks, office equipment such as keyboards and phone receivers.
  • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness. They are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines and are not available over the counter.

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May 5, 2018, Election Draws Near

On January 16, 2018, the Southlake City Council called a General Election for May 5, 2018, to elect the positions of the Mayor and Council Place 2.

Mayor Laura Hill and the Council Place 2 position held by Shawn McCaskill are up for re-election.

The last day to file an Application for Place on the Ballot is February 16, 2018. Early voting begins on April 23, 2018, and ends on May 1, 2018. The last day to register to vote is April 5, 2018.

Election Dates

Last Day to file an Application for Place on the Ballot:  February 16, 2018

Early Voting:  April 23, 2018 – May 1, 2018

Election Day:  May 5, 2018 – Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Last day to register to vote:  April 5, 2018

Candidate packets may be picked up in the City Secretary’s Office on the second floor of Town Hall during normal business hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, the City Secretary’s Office is happy to assist you. The number is 817-748-8183.

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TCC to Explore Diversity and the Law with Presentation of “The Defamation Experience”

Underscoring its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Tarrant County College’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) is hosting a program designed to help participants understand bias and how it affects the work and learning environment.

In partnership with TCC Northeast Student Development Services, OIDI will host “The Defamation Experience,” an interactive, live performance dealing with diversity issues and the law on Wednesday, February 14 at 11 a.m. at TCC Northeast in the Larry J. Darlage Center Corner (NSTU 1615A). TCC is the first higher education

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Interested in Health, Wellness and Your Community? Join the new Health and Wellness Committee.

Would you like to help shape the future in Southlake? Are you someone who is interested in health or wellness? Is your community important to you?

If you answered yes to these questions, apply now to the new Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee.

Need to know more?  Southlake is full of health and wellness experts, enthusiasts and advocates who we’d like to help us put together the new Health and Wellness Master Plan. Here are a few examples of ideas the committee could explore.

Built & Natural Environment – How can parks be more senior-friendly? This topic may include looking at how landscape and lighting requirements can increase public safety, and developing criteria to evaluate the overall safety of development proposals;

Transportation – This could include highlighting existing Community Service Agreements, such as Call a Ride Southlake (CARS). The committee may also explore sidewalk connections and how incorporating Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) into roadways might encourage safety and increase mobility;

Aging Population – Another important focus area includes examining opportunities to increase the quality of life for seniors in the community and those that wish to “age in place” through policies and programs. This may consist of reviewing ordinances in terms of existing requirements for family or “mother-in-law” quarters as families may serve as caregivers for aging relatives;

Mental Health & Wellness – Topics within this category may include working with healthcare professionals on community needs related to anxiety and depression and other mental illnesses;

Partnerships – This ultimately speaks to how the City of Southlake will pursue partnerships with groups such as health care providers, the Carroll Independent School District, and possibly other community service organizations that focus on health and wellness initiatives.

Southlake City Council recognizes the importance of health and wellness issues and has included this new component in the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan. While this plan element is new, it will build on recommendations from other plans. For example, the LiveFit Program has been successfully implemented as a health and wellness program in the City. “The success of LiveFit demonstrates that health and wellness is something we can all relate to. I’m looking forward to the invaluable insight committee members will provide us as we move forward with this new component of the 2035 Master Plan,” says Senior Director of Planning & Development Services Ken Baker.

City Council is seeking applicants of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging those with professional experience or interest in health or wellness topics to apply. Committee members will be asked to meet about once a month over the course of several months, to work alongside City staff to develop this master plan element. They will be reviewing existing city policies; evaluating the current health and wellness landscape in Southlake; analyzing current and future wellness needs and topics; and formulating recommendations to City Council related to health and wellness.

Interested in applying? Visit the Health and Wellness Plan page on the City website to learn more about the application process. Applications are due by February 16, 2018.

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Book talk and signing to focus on African-American and Latino history

Attend a book talk and signing by Paul Ortiz, the award-winning author of “An African American and Latinx History of the United States,” at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at TCU’s Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom, 2901 Stadium Drive.

The event is free, but online reservations are encouraged.

Ortiz’s lecture will focus on his latest book, released by Beacon Press in January 2018 as part of the ReVisioning American History series, which consists of accessibly written books by notable scholars that reinterpret U.S. history from diverse perspectives.

Ortiz is an associate professor of history and director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida.

This event is sponsored by the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies program at TCU and the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Unit.

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Carroll Robotics Team Advanced to State Competition

Carroll Robotics hosted a VEX In the Zone competition at CSHS on this past Saturday.  All ten Carroll teams performed outstandingly with many teams bringing home trophies.  Team 7110E won the Excellence Award which qualifies their team for the State Competition in February.

Additionally, Fox4 News produced a segment on the competition which included an interview with two of the Carroll Robotics students.

Team 7110E: Excellence Award (state qualifying)
Team 7110B: Robot Skills Champion & Think Award
Team 7110D: Tournament Finalists
Team 7110A: Innovate Award
Team 7110S: Create Award
Team 7110W: Build Award
Team 7110Z: Amaze Award

The Robotics teams will compete next on February 10, at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas.  The State Competition will be held on February 24, in Greenville, Texas.

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Mayor Laura Hill Presents LiveFit Southlake Month Proclamation

At the Tuesday, January 16 City Council meeting, Mayor Hill recognized February as LiveFit Southlake Month.

Good health and an active lifestyle are essential to the overall well-being of individuals; and,

Whereas, exercise, through participation in sports and other fitness-related activities, helps to fight obesity among children and adults, which also prevents related medical problems while also reducing overall health care costs; and,

Whereas, a wholesome, well-balanced diet is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle; and,

Whereas, LiveFit Southlake provides an opportunity for citizens to live healthy lifestyles and to recognize the importance the City places on leisure and recreational programming; and,

Whereas, the City of Southlake will hold a 9-week community-wide wellness challenge devoted to inspiring families to LiveFit with such free events as a health fair, LiveWell Lecture Series, Events with the Mayor, Couch to 5K, Southlake Superhero 5K and Fun Run, 1 Million Step Challenge, daily challenges, food tracking challenges; now,

Therefore, I, Laura Hill, Mayor of the City of Southlake, do hereby proclaim the month of February as LIVEFIT SOUTHLAKE MONTH in Southlake and encourage our citizens to learn more about the importance of diet and exercise and to take steps towards better overall health.     

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