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3D MAMMOGRAMS BRING BRING NEW DIMENSION TO CANCER DETECTION

WHAT PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS WANT YOU TO KNOW

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THE WOMEN LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID

FALL PET T0-DO LIST

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WHY THE GRAVES DISEASE COMMUNITY SHOULD FOCUS ON EYE HEALTH

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3D Mammograms Bring New Dimension to

Cancer Detection

by Leena Kamat, MD

Since the 1960s, mammograms have been the best way to detect breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Still, the technology has had its limitations. With 2D digital mammography, a potential trouble spot could appear as just that — a spot. If the radiologist sees an area of density and can’t be sure what it is, the patient must return to get more images taken or undergo a biopsy. In the medical world, this is referred to as a “callback.” For patients, it’s a hassle and a significant source of worry. If the radiologist could have looked above and beneath the spot, she could have seen whether the dense area is a harmless clump of breast tissue or a dangerous tumor. Now she can, thanks to 3D mammography.

Taking a Closer Look With 3D Mammography 3D mammography allows you to investigate and scroll through multiple levels of imaging to see if an area of concern is regular tissue or a possible tumor. It also allows radiologists to find small tumors that could be hiding in denser areas of the breast. These areas appear as white spots on mammograms and can sometimes block our view of tumors, which can be disguised as white spots. 3D mammography gives us a view through the tissue, making it possible to catch something that would’ve been obscured.

How 3D Mammography Helps Women With Dense Breasts A woman’s breasts are composed of several kinds of tissue, including fat, milk ducts and supportive tissue. Different women have different amounts of

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each, and they change over time. A woman who has more dense tissue than fatty tissue is said to have “dense breasts.” Having dense breasts is common; about 4 in 10 women have them. Traditional 2D mammography has limitations for women with dense breasts because dense tissue appears white on its images. With 3D mammography, your radiologist can get a better idea of what these spots truly are by looking above and below them.

Why the Best Mammography Matters The ability to catch cancer early is what makes a mammogram such a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. In fact, it can detect breast cancer up to two years before a tumor can be felt by you or your doctor. Finding a small tumor during a screening mammogram can feel like a tragedy. But in reality, it’s a victory: Finding a tumor when it’s small is the goal of screening.


Catching breast cancer early through a mammogram means:

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Evidence continues to show that 3D mammograms are better at finding cancer. An October 2018 study that tracked 15,000 women over five years found that 3D mammography detected 30% more cancers than traditional mammography. And we know that when cancer is found in its earliest stages (often because of routine mammograms), women are more likely to make a full recovery — and less likely to need aggressive treatment to get there.

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We focus on the safety of our imaging facilities so you can focus on your health. A mammogram is a potentially life-saving screening that shouldn’t be delayed. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 866366-PINK or visit ScheduleYourMammo.com. To further support community members through their breast cancer journey, register for AdventHealth’s first-ever virtual Pink on Parade 5K at PinkOnParade.com. DR. LEENA KAMAT is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist, subspecialized in breast imaging for AdventHealth Medical Group Radiology – Central Florida Division.

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The Women Leading the Fight Against

Less than 30 percent of the world’s researchers are women, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. However, one team fighting against COVID-19 is not only leading the charge to save lives, but also in empowering women in science, encouraging the next generation of girls and young women to pursue STEM education. At biotechnology company Allied BioScience, chief science officer Maha El-Sayed, PhD leads a female-dominated team of researchers, and their work has the potential to be a game changer in the fight against COVID-19 and other future viruses. Their product, SurfaceWise2, continuously kills 99.9 percent of viruses, including, most importantly, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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“When it comes to women in STEM, there’s a lot of untapped potential. It’s my hope that our team can inspire young women to pursue careers in science, and inspire other research teams to bring more talented women into the fold and elevate them to positions where they can drive real change,” says Dr. El-Sayed. As Dr. El-Sayed explains, human coronaviruses can persist on inanimate surfaces such as plastic, glass, fibers, and metals for up to nine days. This makes it critical to protect high-traffic facilities where the contamination of surfaces is continuous, such as schools, stadiums, restaurants, offices, and retail spaces. More advanced than comparative products in reducing chemical and disinfectant exposure, SurfaceWise2 was proven in independent studies


conducted by infectious disease experts to be effective against Human Coronavirus 229E, the EPA-approved surrogate, demonstrating the ability to successfully protect against COVID-19. It is the first such product to be EPA-approved.

non-irritating, odorless and containing no chemicals that produce harmful vapors or gases, it is already used by airlines, hospitality, and travel companies, and in healthcare spaces. In the coming months, Dr. El-Sayed and her team expect to see further use in professional sporting facilities, restaurant dining rooms, offices, schools, and other spaces.

So how is it used? Compatible with virtually all surfaces, SufaceWise2 is applied via an electronic spray As the nation fights to safely reopen, for efficient, complete, and uniform the work of dedicated, female scientreatment. Droplets are small -tists is making a vital difference in 900 times smaller than an average saving lives and in helping businessdroplet -- and applied at a force of 75 times greater than gravity, es, communities and families return to normalcy. causing a “wraparound effect,” and a natural force of attraction To learn more about the work and between the sprayed droplets and achievements of Dr. El-Sayed and target surfaces. Once applied, the her team, visit www.surfacewise. long-lasting antiviral coating Maha El-Sayed, PhD com. physically breaks down the cells of bacteria and viruses that land “Shedding light on the scientific achievements of on treated surfaces, effectively and continuously women, particularly at this critical time in history, killing them without giving the bacteria a chance is essential to inspiring the next generation of to mutate and build up girls and young women to pursue STEM resistance. education and careers in science,” says Dr. El-Sayed. Despite its potency, this solution is very safe for humans, even in enclosed spaces. Non-toxic,

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Why the Graves’ Disease Community Should

FOCUS

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eople living with Graves’ disease have a lot to focus on. The disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes an overproduction of the thyroid hormone, causes a variety of troublesome symptoms, many of which can happen with other diseases, leading to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Some common symptoms include anxiety, tremors, heat sensitivity, weight loss, hair loss, change in menstrual cycle and irregular heartbeat. A related, yet separate condition that is important for people living with Graves’ to focus on is Thyroid Eye Disease (TED), a serious, progressive, and vision-threatening autoimmune disorder affecting up to half of the Graves’ community. In support of Graves’ Disease Awareness Month, Horizon Therapeutics and patient advocacy o rganization, Prevent Blindness are working together to help people living with Graves’ understand their risk for TED and how to manage symptoms if they appear. Spotting the signs and symptoms of TED early can help decrease the chances of serious, and potentially permanent, eye damage.

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If You or Someone You Love Has Graves’ Disease, It’s Time to Focus on Eye Health The first step is to understand your risk for TED. Primary risk factors include gender, age and smoking status. Women are five times more likely than men to develop TED, but men are at greater risk for more severe symptoms. The disease also occurs most often in people between the ages of 40-49 and 60-69 years old, and people who smoke are eight times more likely to develop TED. The next step is to observe the symptoms. TED causes inflammation and pressure behind the eyes that lead to symptoms such as sensitivity to light, a feeling of grittiness in the eyes, excessive tearing, swelling of the eyelids, redness and irritation. As the disease progresses, symptoms may include eye bulging, eye misalignment and double vision. All of these symptoms can reduce a person’s independence, ability to work and self-confidence. “The profound physical changes to my appearance were devastating,” said Christine Gustafson, who has lived with Graves’ and TED for more than 10 years. “I did not recognize myself and actually


frightened others as my face was transformed by TED. After years of living alone with this rare autoimmune disorder, I discovered a community of others with TED. Connecting with the right specialist and other TED patients was lifechanging in the absolute best ways.”

Getting the Care You Need If you have Graves’ disease and suspect you might have TED or notice changes in your eyes, you should contact an eye specialist who has experience treating TED. These include ophthalmologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, and oculoplastic surgeons. After receiving a TED diagnosis, resources can be used to stay informed and take action. For

example, a symptom tracker can help monitor disease progression and alert your doctor to any changes. It is important to be your own best advocate and speak up for the care you deserve. Tips for getting the right care include not downplaying symptoms when at the doctor’s office, asking questions to ensure all treatment options are presented, and bringing a friend or loved one along to provide support and help take notes during the appointment. To learn more about TED and access resources like a symptom tracker and the TED Specialist Finder, visit ThyroidEyes.com.

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The Health Consequences of

Loneliness Loneliness is a universal human emotion that is both complex and unique to each individual. Because it has no single common cause, the prevention and treatment of this potentially damaging state of mind can vary dramatically.

For example, a lonely child who struggles to make friends at school has different needs than a lonely older adult whose spouse has recently died. In order to understand loneliness, it's important to take a closer look at exactly what we mean by the term "lonely," as well as the various causes, health consequences, symptoms, and potential treatments for loneliness.

For example, a college freshman might feel lonely despite being surrounded by roommates and other peers. A soldier beginning their military career might feel lonely after being deployed to a foreign country, despite being constantly surrounded by other troop members.

Definition of Loneliness

Contributing factors to loneliness include situational variables, such as physical isolation, moving to a new location, and divorce.2 The death of someone significant in a person's life can also lead to feelings of loneliness. Additionally, it can be a symptom of a psychological disorder such as depression.

While common definitions of loneliness describe it as a state of solitude or being alone, loneliness is actually a state of mind. Loneliness is defined by researchers as feeling lonely more than once a week. Loneliness causes people to feel empty, alone, and unwanted. People who are lonely often crave human contact, but their state of mind makes it more difficult to form connections with other people. Loneliness, according to many experts, is not necessarily about being alone. Instead, if you feel alone and isolated, then that is how loneliness plays into your state of mind.

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Causes of Loneliness

Loneliness can also be attributed to internal factors such as low self-esteem. People who lack confidence in themselves often believe that they are unworthy of the attention or regard of other people, which can lead to isolation and chronic loneliness.


Health Risks Associated with Loneliness Loneliness has a wide range of negative effects on both physical and mental health, including:

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Alcoholism and drug use Altered brain function Alzheimer's disease progression Antisocial behavior Cardiovascular disease and stroke Decreased memory and learning Depression and suicide Increased stress levels Poor decision-making

If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for support and assistance from a trained counselor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911. These are not the only areas in which loneliness takes its toll. Lonely adults get less exercise than those who are not lonely. Their diet is higher in fat, their sleep is less efficient, and they report more daytime fatigue. Loneliness also disrupts the regulation of cellular processes deep within the body, predisposing us to premature aging.

What Research Suggests About Loneliness Researchers have found that low levels of loneliness are associated with marriage, higher incomes, and higher educational status. High levels of loneliness are associated with physical health symptoms, living alone, small social networks, and low-quality social relationships.

Close Friends Help Combat Loneliness Researchers also suggest that loneliness is becoming more common in the United States. Since 1985, the number of people in the U.S. with no close friends has tripled.The rise of the internet and ironically, social media, are partially to blame. Experts believe that it is not the quantity of social interaction that combats loneliness, but it's the quality.

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...Can Be Contagious One study suggests that loneliness may actually be contagious. In a 10-year study, researchers examined how loneliness spreads in social networks. The results indicated that people close to someone experiencing loneliness were 52% more likely to become lonely as well.

Tips to Prevent and Overcome Loneliness Loneliness can be overcome. It does require a conscious effort on your part to make a change. In the long run, making a change can make you happier, healthier, and enable you to impact others around you in a positive way.

Here are some ways to prevent loneliness: Consider community service or another activity that you enjoy. These situations present great opportunities to meet people and cultivate new friendships and social interactions. Expect the best. Lonely people often expect rejection, so instead focus on positive thoughts and attitudes in your social relationships. Focus on developing quality relationships. Seek people who share similar attitudes, interests, and values with you. Recognize that loneliness is a sign that something needs to change. Understand the effects of loneliness on your life. There are physical and mental repercussions for loneliness.was like? 

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FALL PET TO-DO LIST Whether fall is when you

switch out your exercise regimen or schedule your annual flu shot, staying healthy is at the top of most "to do" lists right now. Just remember your four-legged family members when considering seasonal changes to your wellness program. Fall is the perfect time to taksteps to keep pets healthy, too.

1. Plan that vet visit.

Annual check-ups that include immunizations, physical exams, routine blood work and prescription refills are as important to pet health as they are to human health. Routine wellness visits can also save pet-care dollars in the long run through preventive care and early disease detection. If your pet missed his or her annual check-up last spring, consider getting that visit rescheduled. Most veterinarians offer pet wellness appointments with curbside drop-off and pick-up to help safeguard owners' health.

2. Get off the couch.

Summer's heat is giving way to cooler temperatures, so resist the temptation to forgo your dog's evening walk for yet another movie marathon.

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Not only will outdoor exercise help whittle your pet's waistline and promote joint health but getting outside to enjoy the fall colors can boost your own caloric burn and mental outlook as well.

3. Don't "fall" back on

parasite prevention.

Just because you aren't slapping mosquitoes like you did in July doesn't mean you should stop protecting your pets from parasites. The American Heartworm Society recommends giving heartworm preventives - many of

4 . Rethink your pet's fall wardrobe.

Protective wearables make more than a fashion statement for many pets. Arthritic senior dogs, as well as short-haired dogs or lean breeds that chill easily, will be more comfortable if you slip on a cozy fleece coat when clipping on their leash. Just make sure your pup's garment has a snug vs. a tight fit - and consider coats with reflective fabric if you favor nighttime walks. And if your fall activities include hunting with your dog, make sure to outfit your four-legged companion with a hunting vest.

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Halloween treats.

which prevent a host of common parasites - to dogs and cats year-round. While heartworms are spread by mosquitoes, it's nearly impossible to guess when you'll see the last one in the fall or the first one next spring. Disease-carrying mosquitoes can also survive as temperatures drop by migrating indoors or to protected areas near houses and other buildings.

Whether or not your kids go trick-or-treating this year, you may be making plans to stock up on Halloween candy. Just remember that certain human treats may be toxic to your pets. Chocolate is hazardous to both dogs and cats; sugar can throw off your pet's electrolyte balance and certain artificial sweeteners can cause liver failure in dogs. So, go ahead and keep the candy to yourself. Just keep it away from your pets while you're at it. Staying healthy has never felt more important than it does this fall. Do your pets a favor and prioritize their health, too.


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Many Americans are feeling things like their health, job and retirement savings are at risk. U.S. adults are most concerned about protection in times of economic uncertainty, according to a June 2020 Protection Study by Lincoln Financial Group and CivicScience. Specifically, the study found the pandemic has increased Americans’ concerns around having enough money saved for emergencies (39%), the impact of market volatility on their investments (30%), as well as having enough money for a comfortable retirement (29%). This year’s volatile market, along with the pandemic, has reinforced for many consumers just how important it is to have a well-rounded financial plan, one that can help weather these challenging times and set you up for success in the long-term,” said Jamie Ohl, executive vice president and president, Retirement Plan Services for Lincoln Financial Group. “Make it a priority to have open conversations about your finances and your retirement goals with your loved ones so you can create a strategy to protect your future.”

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Now is the perfect time to explore how to best protect against risk. Here are five suggestions from Lincoln Financial on how consumers can create a more robust financial protection plan:

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Fund the Future. Life insurance can be more than just a death benefit, with some types of policies offering income replacement for unforeseen events. It can also protect your financial security from the impact of taxes, market volatility and longevity. It’s not just for individuals and families either, but businesses too.

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to help cover expenses in retirement and ensure you have a stream of income throughout retirement.

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Reimagine Your Retirement Plan. As a result of the SECURE Act, in-plan guaranteed income options can serve as a powerful tool to protect savings during periods of market volatility, while still benefitting savers when the market goes up. Savers should also stay focused on the longterm, and remember that saving for retirement is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Create a Cushion. The expense of an unexpected long-term healthcare event may not be something you’ve considered in your plan. Unfortunately, these events can come on suddenly, and be very costly, so don’t wait – make sure you have a strategy to cover the cost of care if you or a loved one needed it. To protect your future, it is important to have a robust, multifaceted financial plan in place, particularly during times of economic uncertainty.


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READY! Whatever method of voting you choose, make sure to plan to vote!

Election Day is coming. This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone but you might not know all of the necessary details. The last day to register to vote for the General Election is October 5. You can register online at www.voteosceola.com at any time! If you’re unsure if you’re registered to vote, visit www.voteosceola.com or call 407-742-6000 to check your voter status. There are three ways to vote in the state of Florida. You may vote by mail, vote early or vote on Election Day. You can choose any method you’d like but you can only cast one ballot. It is against the law to attempt to vote more than once in an election.

If you choose to vote by mail:

Mail ballots will start going out on September 24 The last day to request to have a mail ballot sent to you is October 24 All mail ballots must be received by the Elections Office by Election Day at 7pm All Early Voting sites will have vote by mail drop boxes available during the Early Voting period from October19- November 1 ★ A 24-hour vote by mail drop box will be available outside of the Elections Office ★ Make sure to sign your envelope! ★ ★ ★ ★

If you choose to vote early: ★ ★ ★ ★

There are eight locations available from October 19-November 1 from 8am to 8pm daily You can vote at any location during this period Early Voting locations are listed at www.voteosceola.com Bring your photo and signature ID with you to the polls

If you choose to vote on Election Day: ★ ★ ★ ★

Election Day is November 3 You must vote in your home polling location Polls are open from 7am to 7pm Bring your photo and signature ID with you to the polls

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School Season Tips for Productive Days and Restful Nights Whether your child is learning in a classroom or digitally, establishing a steady family dynamic is essential to a successful school year. One area where this is particularly important is ensuing that kids and parents alike get plenty of sleep. Good sleep equates to better health and performance, stronger immune systems, and plays a key role in the ability to learn, solve problems, and maintain a healthy mental outlook. Setting a regular bedtime and wake time, limiting screen time before bed, and turning to solutions such as Melatonin Gummies can help get more restful sleep.

Kids crave routine: it lets them know they are in a secure and loving environment and helps them perform better at school. Maintaining the same meal time, down time and bedtime routines that you would during a typical school year can help establish a sense of normalcy during this period of uncertaintyl

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Nail Polish Shades That Are Perfect for Your Weekend’s

Fa Pedicure

By Megan Decker

The best part about getting dressed this time of year is that you can wear just about anything in your closet. You're no longer limited to the most lightweight floral maxi dress you own because you'll sweat through anything else (paired with sneakers, because you'll slide right out of sandals). The cooler temps mean you can throw on the vintage jeans you haven't worn since February, paired with any cardigan, and your favorite transitional peep-toe mules or slides. The only thing that might need an update is your toenail polish. For most of us, that means taking a cotton ball and polish remover to our chipping polish — be it the white, baby pink, or red you loved in August — and popping on a more autumnal shade. If you're not sure what that should be, seasoned nail pros break down the best pedicure shades for fall 2020, ahead.

Chocolate Brown Pedicure trends tend to mirror their manicure counterpart. So, if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck when polish shopping, take a cue from Kate Hudson and grab a bottle of dark, glossy brown for your inaugural fall mani-pedi.

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Navy Blue The best part about a shiny navy-blue pedi is that it looks great on every skin tone, which is one of the reasons it will be trendy this fall. The other reason is that the deeper jewel tone feels moody and chic, but more dimensional than black.

Rich Burgundy Dark purple burgundies are a fall classic. This specific bottle by Pear Nova pick is a foolproof sophisticated red-wine shade with a subtle hint of sparkle.

Baby Blue When you want something light, but ballerina pink feels too soft, a glossy pastel blue is the move. Plus, consider it the best pick to show off what remains of your summer tan in September.


Olive Green Whether you call it army or olive, earthy shades of green are taking over the trend reports this fall, according to editorial nail artist Betina Goldstein. For toes, we're especially into this deep green from OPI's Scotland collection.

Milky Beige

Before it's officially boots season, you can't go wrong with a light, but nuanced, neutral. We love this milky beige by Olive & June because it's a little white and a little pink, but both are cool and subdued, making it less summery.

Burnt Orange

According to nail pro and Jin Soon founder Jin Soon Choi, shades of orange will be everywhere this fall.

not too bright, and shares shade similarity to the autumn leaves," Choi says.

Slate Gray Instead of a soft, creamy gray, consider a darker slate tone for your toes. "I love this CND Asphalt shade for a dark-gray pedicure," Choi says. "It's a little unexpected — a grunge or hipster vibe — but also feels sleek and sophisticated at the same time."

Black Ink

Rita Remark, Essie's global lead educator, tells us that you can never go wrong with a full-shine black pedi. "I love a black pedicure because it's bold, but will also work with whatever you're wearing," she explains. "Essie's Licorice is a glossy patent-leather black that's perfect."

"This polish, called Koi, is the perfect transitional shade because it's

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and all-purpose seasoning. Bring to a simmer and add the Parmesan cheese, ½ cup cheddar cheese and stir until smooth and creamy. Remove from heat and set aside. Preheat a sauté pan on medium-high heat, season ground beef and brown, draining excess oil. Next, sauté the vegetables until crisp tender. In a large bowl combine the cooked beef, sautéed vegetables, cooked pasta, fresh herbs, ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, and mix. Place into a buttered casserole dish and pour the cheese sauce over the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup cheddar cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

F lorida Avocado Crostini INGREDIENTS

F lorida Beef & Vegetable Casserole INGREDIENTS 1-pound Florida lean ground beef 1 cup heavy cream 1-pint Florida mushrooms, slice thin ½ cup milk 1 Florida zucchini, medium dice ½ stick unsalted butter 1 Florida squash, medium dice ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded 1-pound pasta (your favorite) 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine 1 teaspoon oil, for cooking 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning (your favorite) 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped fine Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste.

PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare pasta shy of al dente, drain, and set aside. In a saucepot add the milk, heavy cream, butter,

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2 Florida avocados, halved, pitted, and peeled 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 3-inch pieces 1 medium baguette, sliced into ½-inch-thick rounds Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing 2 cloves garlic Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

PREPARATION Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange prosciutto in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until crisp; let cool. Arrange baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush with oil. Bake until light golden brown around edges. Rub bread with garlic cloves. Mash avocados with a fork and season with salt and pepper. Spread avocado on baguette slices. Top each with a piece of prosciutto and serve.


F lorida Upside Down Mango Cupcake INGREDIENTS

F lorida Mushroom Bisque INGREDIENTS 2 pounds Florida mushrooms (mixed varieties), roughly chopped ½ onion, diced 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 2 quarts vegetable broth 1 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning blend (your favorite) 2 tablespoons butter 5-8 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves removed Canola oil, for sautéing Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

PREPARATION Melt the butter and oil together in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions and sauté until translucent (about 5-8 minutes). Add in the minced garlic and continue to cook for another minute. Reduce the heat to medium and add in the chopped mushrooms and the thyme leaves. Cook until the mushrooms release some of the water content, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Next, add the vegetable broth, heavy cream, all-purpose seasoning blend, sea salt, and fresh ground pepper. Cook this mixture for an additional 10-15 minutes then reduce the heat to low. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or use a counter-top blender and blend in small batches. (If using the counter-top blender, use caution when blending hot liquid). Serve warm.

2 cups Florida mango, diced small ½ cup light brown sugar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup whipped cream (store bought or homemade) Fresh mint, for garnish (optional) 1 cake mix (store bought or homemade)

PREPARATION Preheat oven to 375 degrees if using the homemade recipe (if using store bought, follow package instructions). Prepare cupcake batter using box mix or homemade recipe provided. Once the batter is prepared, place cupcake liners in the cupcake pan and set aside. In a small saucepan over low heat combine the brown sugar, butter, vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the diced mangos and stir to combine. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Once cool, add a tablespoon of mango mixture to each cupcake liner. Using an ice cream scoop, evenly divide the batter into the liners (about ⅔ full) do not overfill. Bake for about 16-18 minutes (if using the scratch made recipe) or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Set aside to cool completely. Top with whipped cream and mint sprig, if desired.

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HOW DOES GERMICIDAL

UV light WORK?

Perhaps you realize that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) results in painful sunburn. But were you aware that another variety of ultraviolet light can be used to keep your house’s air clean?

This makes UVC light a powerful replacement to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is employed in many disinfection procedures, including medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also employed to sterilize drinking water and other liquids created in food processing.

The sun lets off two types of harmful UV rays, UVA and UVB. These dangerous rays can lead to sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other kinds of premature aging.

These days, it’s becoming a popular choice to purify air in homes. That’s due to the fact it can also wipe out common indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added advantage if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

There’s another concentration of UV light, known as UVC. While unprotected exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be utilized to disinfect air, water and various surfaces. Osceola Air uses this light in some of our systems to improve air filtration in your house.

Having Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

We put a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is put in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its rays safely restricted while delivering great disinfection for your residence’s air.

This distinct wavelength is classified as “germicidal” because it destroys the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens pass through this light, they eventually cease to exist as they can’t multiply.

This whole-house product is greater than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in one area. Portable air purifiers also can’t purify your

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Dirty air is freshened in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light prior to flowing around your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t on, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort equipment clean. ductwork or the inside of your HVAC unit. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that may even last for an extended period of time. And some portable air purifiers are known for producing ozone.

When thinking about buying a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s essential to look for one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is great at getting rid of odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory troubles.

We at Osceola Air can help, if you’re looking for methods to purify the air in your house! We have a large range of options to help your family breathe more easily. Give us a call at 407-908-8651 for your no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!

ZACK MCMORROW, Osceola Air

Need help paying your water bill? Toho Water Authority in partnership with the Osceola Council on Aging has the Toho Assistance Program (TAP) to ease financial hardships for customers. TAP provides water bill assistance for income eligible customers as well as households with elderly or disabled individuals or families with children under the age of 18.

For more information please visit tohowater.com/tap.

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5 FUN DIY Craft Projects for FALL Give your home a warm and cozy vibe this fall with a few DIY projects that are sure to add seasonal cheer to any space. Whether you are looking for a rainy-day activity to keep kids busy or searching for affordable dĂŠcor options, these fall craft ideas are a great place to start -all you need is your creativity

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Celebrate Fall Foliage. Add fall flavor to a tabletop or mantel by filling mason jars with wheat and dried baby’s breath flowers. Give the mason jar an elevated look by wrapping it with jute ribbon and lace. Or you can simply roll coordinating scrapbooking paper into decorative cuffs that slip inside.


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Have a Pumpkin Party.

Carving pumpkins can be messy and dangerous for little ones. This year skip the mess and decorate pumpkins using duct tape. Duct Tape provides a fun and creative way to craft stylish and spooky pumpkin designs. Available in a variety of colors, designs and licenses, there is a tape for everyone in the family. Kids can simply cover a pumpkin with the tape of their choice or cut out a scary stencil to provide the illusion of a carved pumpkin. Duck Brand even offers Glow in the Dark Duct Tape so creations can be enjoyed at night. Pro tip: use craft pumpkins that will not go bad or attract unwanted guests. You can even enjoy them year after year.

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Give Thanks Banners

are an easy way to mak make your own décor without spending a lot of money. DIY banners look great on a front porch to welcome guests or they can be used on a mantel. Easily create a banner with paper and duct tape. Write your own message or cut out shapes like leaves and pumpkins and attach them to twine or string.

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Get Cocoa Cozy.

Nothing is better on a crisp fall day than a cup of hot cider or cocoa. Make sure everyone in the family has their own customizable mug by using chalkboard paint. Use a quality painter’s tape, such as Duck Clean Release painter’s tape, to create a crisp border. Then paint on a writable area. Remove the tape and bake the mug for a custom creation that can be personalized with names or festive phrases.

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Craft a Welcoming Wreath.

Wreaths are the ultimate seasonal décor item -- they are perfect on the front door to welcome guests into your home or can be used to line interior windows for a festive feel. However, store-bought versions can be expensive. Test your crafting skills with a duct tape leaf masterpiece. All you have to do is create a variety of leaves in fall hues out of colored Duct Tape: make two of each leaf, then add wire to the sticky side of one of the leaves so it can easily be shaped, place the two leaves together and repeat the steps until you have your desired amount of leaves.

For more fall craft projects and DIY inspiration, visit duckbrand.com.

There is no time like the present to get crafty, so grab a cup of cider and schedule a fun family “crafternoon.”

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