Avalon Park Sun Tavares Spring 2022

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40’ Homesites

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Together for Mental Health: You Belong in Avalon Park • Short Commute to Bustling Downtown Mount Dora

• Easy Access to 441 FEATURES

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, recognizes the month of May as a time for bringing awareness to mental health. The focus of the 2022 national movement is on the message of “Together for Mental Health.” By coming together, the Avalon Park community can PAGE 2 help all of its members feel a sense of place and belonging and support a culture of strong menAvalon Park • Mt. Homer Tavares FL 32778 tal healthRoad, through the resources available.

• Granite Countertops visit their online directory here and select the ®* • Home Is Connected non-profit category. Smart Home Technology • Ceramicspending Tile Flooring Additionally, time with friends, fami• All Concrete Block Construction ly and neighbors is a great way to stay positive Stainless Steel Appliances and •healthy. Avalon Park offers many oppor• Ceramic Tile Flooring

tunities to do just that, from meeting up at a favorite local restaurant to getting together at one of the many Lake County community events, rton is equal housing opportunity builder. Home and community information, including pricing, included features, availability and amenities, there areterms, multiple ways to haveare healthy social to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Pictures, photographs, features, colors and sizes are approximate for illustration purposes interactions in the community. Abel Genoa, founder of Avalon Park based d will vary from the homes as built. ^Square footage dimensions are approximate. *Home Is Connected, A smart home is a convenient home setup where non-profit Projecthinkforward, says, “In our ces and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from any internet-connected place in the world using a mobile or other networked device. Florida red Building Contractor License #CBC1252212 everyday lives, we assume that good mental Access to mental health resources is also key. health only has to do with internal feelings, but Projecthinkforward is a non-profit organizathat is only the beginning. Our mental health tion based in Avalon Park Orlando, offering 877.415.0030 | DRHORTON.COM is a mixture of multiple things, with living in sponsored therapy to those that cannot afford a positive community being a main factor. Liv- it. They also curate a regular podcast where difing in a place such as Avalon Park where you ferent mental health specialists discuss various have the tools & outlets to express yourself in mental health conditions. As well as other forPAGE 7 a positive way through many outlets. Making ward thinkers in our community to discuss life friends with likeminded interests, as well as skills, growth, and much more. Access the latexercising and using the many running paths est episodes online. we have all attribute to a positive lifestyle and mental health stability.” Another key resource is the accessibility to mental health counselors and therapists in the Feeling accepted and welcomed by being a part community. For contact information and listof a community is where a sense of belonging ing of the providers, visit the Tavares Chambegins. Whether through civic groups, church ber of Commerce directory here and select the groups, volunteering with a local organization, medical category. or just neighbors who say hi when they see you, having people around you who make you feel The benefits of physical exercise far exceed just PAGE 11 safe and comfortable is essential for optimal the physical benefits. According to TheHelppsychological well-being. Guide.org it can also boost your mood, improve your sleep, and help you deal with depression, A strong social network is one of those things anxiety, stress and more. From joining the local that may not seem important but can make a YMCA, to shooting hoops at the amenity center big difference when life gets hectic. Having or taking a swim in the pool, there will soon be friends and family nearby who can provide a wide range of ways to get physically active in emotional support can be a huge boon to your the community. mental health. Furthermore, keeping up with your favorite people face-to-face instead of on- With such a variety of organizations and opline keeps you present and connected to your portunities, Avalon Park is a community where community. It’s also good for them—keeping all can feel like they belong. Whether you are in touch with friends and family helps prevent living, learning, working or playing, or maybe depression. even all four, in Avalon Park, you belong here! PAGE 15 So, Avalon Park, let’s come “Together for MenGroups like the Rotary Club of Lake County tal Health” this month and every month to enGolden Triangle, are a great way to start build- sure everyone feels like they belong! COMMUNITY ing the strong social network. For a full listing UPDATES of the clubs and organizations in Lake County





Coffee Hour with BEAT in MENS SANO IN CORPORE SANO, (a healthy mind in a healthy body) and understand the importance of mental health.

May is Mental Health Month and as I reflected on writing this Coffee with Beat, I was reminded of the findings AdventHealth made several years ago through a community health survey. AdventHealth and Avalon Park Group were trying to determine what medical specialists Avalon Park needs in its goal to become the healthiest community in central Florida and the conclusion was that we need more psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors. The resounding cry was that above all other needs mental health was one of the most critical and where any community, including ours could improve. While we are not counselors at Avalon Park Group, although my wife Jill holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is my closest advisor, we believe

dance performances, art classes, and more. For the spirit there are several churches of all faith bases located near Avalon Park. In Avalon Park, everything for your daily life will be at your fingertips, you do not have to leave the community, and that the sense of belonging and safety becomes real. We continue to look for ways to improve the mental health opportunities for our community from bringing mental health doctors to the community to adding programming that will create positive outlets for all needs.

first and foremost the community needs God. And while there are many needs, such as clean water, enough food, and shelter, the foundation should remain routed in faith.

We believe that the composition of a I also truly believe healthy community giving back through has a direct impact community service on both the physical helps with positive and mental health mental health. of its stakeholders. There are countless Building communities opportunities to that are holistically give back and help strong includes a focus in the community. I on establishing a place encourage you to where the residents look around to the have a strong sense of local schools, nonbelonging and safety. profits and service When you know your organizations to see neighbors, they often where you can help become friends that the most. you can relax with and check in on you in Around this time With the focus on good and challenging last year, I attended mental health in the the inaugural church May, I encourage you times. service started by to explore the different That sense of our long-time friend ways we can continue belonging and safety Pastor Dale Brooks in to build a healthy is also complemented Bithlo. In his sermon, community together. with outlets for mind, he reminded the body and spirit. And understanding not all congregation that people respond to the same outlets, having GET IN TOUCH a diverse offering is important for the - Have an inclusion for the Avalon Park Sun? health of the entire Email: info@AvalonParkSun.com community. We are building Avalon Park - Editorial Staff: to be programmed Publisher: Beat Kahli to provide outlets Content Editor: Stephanie Lerret for all. For the body Graphic & Layout Editor: Kenzie Farrish there will be activities like yoga in the park 407.658.6565 and youth sports. For the mind there are 3801 Avalon Park East Blvd. #400 Orlando, FL 32828 counselors, music and

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Pinecrest Academy Tavares Updates

Mrs. Visser’s class is learning about 3D shapes. Today we took some different 3D shapes and built new things with them.


Tavares Chamber Update

Hello from the Tavares Chamber! We hope 2022 has treated you well- can you believe the year is nearly halfway over? Please stop by www.tavareschamber.com and find out where we’ll be this month and register for our events. You can also visit our website (www.tavareschamber. com) to join the Chamber, and visit our Facebook page (@TavaresChamberOfCommerce) for the latest news! We recently had Tacos with the Tavares Police Department on May 12th! We also be had a Networking Lunch on May 17th at The Crazy Gator. Join us at more events below! Every Thursday – Take the Lead Industry Exclusive Leads Group Mary’s Kountry Kitchen, @ 7:30am See our golf tournament flyer - contact us to sponsor or play on July 1st at Mission Inn! Business After Hours: June 9th, July 14th, August 11th Networking Lunches: June 14th, July 19th, August 16th Monthly Luncheon: August 31st


How to Stay Safe in the Florida Sunshine

Florida’s nickname as the Sunshine State is well-deserved. While our state has an average of 237 sunny days per year—beating out the national average of 205—depending on where exactly you live, that number can be closer to 270 days, totaling up to an extra month of sunshine. While it can feel great to soak up all this sun, it’s critical that everyone protects themselves properly from harmful rays by using sunscreen. Sunscreen can help prevent a variety of minor and major ailments from age spots and premature wrinkles to painful sunburns and skin cancer. However, there are seemingly endless options to choose from, and trying to figure out what you need can be overwhelming! Check out the information below to learn more about choosing the right type of sunscreen for your needs. Broad Spectrum and UVA and UVB Rays Broad spectrum sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet A (UVA) rays which have aging effects like wrinkles, and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays which result in sunburns. Ultimately, both are harmful and can result in skin cancer. Broad spectrum provides protection against UVA and UVB by creating a barrier that absorbs or reflects the rays before they have a chance to damage your skin. Even if you’re outside on a cloudy day, keep in mind UV rays can still affect you. UVA rays can go through clouds and beneath the surface of the water, and UVB rays can also damage your skin even in the fall and winter months. Understanding SPF SPF is the FDA’s way of putting numeric value to a

sunscreen’s “sunburn protection factor.” While you may already know a higher SPF number leads to more sun protection, you may not know that SPF only indicates a sunscreen’s protection level against UVB rays as a default. However, sunscreens that pass the broad spectrum test can also provide UVA protection. Simply look for a note that says “Broad Spectrum SPF [value]”on the label. Unfortunately, no sunscreen can filter out 100% of UVB rays. While fair-skinned people naturally need a higher SPF, everyone should consider additional protection methods like sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, breath-

application is needed more often, though, as they can wipe off easier in water or after sweating. For people with darker complexions, some types can also leave a white film or cast. Both types have different active ingredients which can be absorbed into your body, so it’s important to review the ingredients before applying. For instance, if a label says “for sensitive skin,” it often means that the sunscreen won’t have some active ingredients found in chemical sunscreens that are more likely to irritate skin. Once you put on sunscreen,

• According to the FDA, sunscreen should never be left out in direct sunlight. Avoid damaging your sunscreen by keeping it in a cool area, or wrapped up in a towel for some shade at minimum. • Similar to water-resistant sunscreen, sunscreen labeled “Sport” should be reapplied every 40–80 minutes. • The American Academy of Dermatology also suggests avoiding sunscreen with insect repellent. That’s because while sunscreen should be applied frequently, ingredients in insect repellent should only be used sparingly. • The FDA requires all sunscreens to come with an expiration date, so be sure to check the date on your bottle or tube to ensure you’re getting maximum protection. American Academy of Dermatology Association. (n.d.). How to Decode Sunscreen Labels. AAD.org. https://www. aad.org/public/everyday-care/ sun-protection/sunscreen/understand-sunscreen-labels

it’ll only last so long against UV rays, sweat, and water. Be sure you’re reapplying sunscreen every two hours Chemical vs. Physical and at least, especially after you When to Reapply towel off or have been in the As mentioned before, sunwater. Remember, there’s no screen protects your skin by such thing as “waterproof” either absorbing (chemical) sunscreen, and UVA rays can or deflecting (physical) UV still affect you while you’re rays. splashing around. If you’re Chemical sunscreens are usu- using water-resistant sunscreen, reapply every 40–80 ally thinner consistency so it minutes. spreads more easily on the skin, therefore less product Additional Factors to Conis needed overall. However, you must wait 20 minutes for sider it to become effective, it can • The American Academy of also be troublesome for people with sensitive skin (espe- Dermatology recommends avoiding using sunscreen cially the higher the SPF is). babies who are younger than 6 months. If they’re 6 months Physical sunscreens are or older, look for a sunscreen naturally broad spectrum that contains zinc oxide or and will offer immediate protection with a longer shelf titanium dioxide, which is better for sensitive baby skin. life. Frequent and thorough able long sleeve shirts, and sitting in shady areas.

Holman, T. (2016, August 10). Can You Get a Sunburn on a Cloudy Day? And Other Less-Obvious Sun Safety Scenarios. DignityHealth.org. https://www.dignityhealth.org/ articles/can-you-get-a-sunburnon-a-cloudy-day-and-other-lessobvious-sun-safety-scenarios U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2010, August 29). Sunscreen: How to Help Protect Your Skin from the Sun. FDA. gov. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/ understanding-over-counter-medicines/sunscreen-howhelp-protect-your-skin-sun Winkler, V. (2015, October 12). These 10 Cities In Florida Have The Best Weather In The Entire State. OnlyInYourState.com. https://www.onlyinyourstate. com/florida/best-weather-fl/

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3 Tips to Find the Right OB/GYN for You

Your OB/GYN sees you through all of life’s changes. From puberty to pregnancy, through menopause and beyond, you need a trusted provider who can help you navigate these seasons with skill, sensitivity and compassion. Choosing the right OB/GYN is important to your whole health. We’re here with 3 tips that will help you select the right provider for your needs.

in advance if the doctor you would like to see accepts your insurance plan. Make sure the OB/GYN you choose is associated with the best hospital network near you, taking into account where you’ll deliver your baby if you plan to have one, or where you’ll have any major procedure you may need, such as a hysterectomy.

2. Consider Your Preferences Your comfort level 1.Start by Focusing on should be honored Convenience when it comes to choosStart with the big picture, and then fill in the ing and visiting an OB/ details. While the docGYN. Personal preftor’s bedside manner erences that add to and interactions with your comfort, such as you are important dewhether your provider tails, you can make your is male or female, and search easier by narrow- if they have a private ing it down to location, practice or are part of a hospital network and bigger medical group, insurance first. Choose are important details to a practice with a conconsider. If you have a venient location so busy schedule, a larger you don’t find yourself group offers easier access to appointments. driving long distances when you might not be If you prefer to see the same OB/GYN every feeling well or if you visit, a smaller group or are pregnant. Find out

to see a physician or a single physician office will best align with your midwife, AdventHealth for Women is honored preferences. to have many of each on our dynamic team This is also where the provider’s communica- whose mission is to tion style and bedside serve you. In fact, many manner come into play. OB/GYN practices now Find someone who offer both physicians makes you feel support- and midwifery care. ed and at ease, whether it’s for your annual well Find an OB/GYN woman visit, an outpa- In addition to exceptient procedure or the tional services, we offer birth of your baby. one-on-one guidance for your health care jour3. Physician, Midwife or ney. Women’s Health Navigation is a team of Both specially trained regisDecide whether you’re more comfortable with a tered nurses who prophysician or a midwife vide expert personalized, clinical assistance for your ongoing care. Many practices already along with educational, have midwives in their emotional and spiritual support. This compligroup who work with mentary service inthe physicians. Many cludes: midwives are also advanced practitioners (APRNs) who can per• Finding an OB/GYN form well woman ex(physician, midwife ams and see patients and/or specialist) that with varying needs. accepts your insurance • Answers to your A midwife is a specialhealth care questions ized medical profes• Assistance with sional who partners scheduling annual office with a woman during visits and screenings their prenatal, labor and • Coordinated care delivery and postnatal among multiple providers and facilities processes. They’re experts in breastfeeding, • Resources and support for you and your delivery, personalized family birth plan development, preconception options and family Whatever your concerns planning, pregnancy and health needs, know nutrition and prenatal you’re not alone. Ask an testing. Midwives have expert who knows you a deep understanding and can provide trusted of a woman’s physical advice. To get connectand emotional changes ed, visit FindMyNewOBGYN.com. You during pregnancy and deserve to feel whole for beyond. life. Whether you prefer

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