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Phillips Development project for Skyway Marina District

Beyond downtown: St. Pete's newest emerging neighborhoods

The Innovation District and the Skyway Marina District are among newly branded St. Petersburg neighborhoods that aim to spread enthusiasm and excitement for downtown into other parts of the city.


Health equity solutions: Mobile clinics take care to underserved neighborhoods

Among the solutions to health equity issues plaguing local communities? Take health providers to the patients. Learn what St. Joseph's Mobile Medical Clinic is doing.

Jennifer Collins at USF

What will climate change mean for Florida?

Learn from local experts, including Charles Paxton of the National Weather Service and USF Professor Jennifer Collins, co-authors of "Florida Weather and Climate: More Than Just Sunshine.''

Tommy Richardson, SVP and Chief Technology Officer of Nextech

Learn the secret sauce for Tampa Bay Area tech leader

As the Tampa Bay Area tech community prepares to gather for the annual Tampa Bay Tech Awards, Nextech's SVP and CTO Tommy Richardson shares insights into what makes his company successful.


Local entrepreneurs carve out niche in paleo food scene

Tampa Bay Area companies and consumers embrace popularity of paleo lifestyle, turning hobbies and lifestyle choices into profitable businesses.

Michael Schwaid is an avid cyclist in the Tampa Bay region.

Vision Zero: Tampa bicyclist lives to tell his story after near-fatal crash

A stickler for visibility and safety, Michael Schwaid biked the same route to and from work at the Clearwater Courthouse from his home in Odessa in central Hillsborough County -- for years. But his life changed forever when a car hit him one day in 2016.

John Kuhn, an Associate Professor for  the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

USF patents: Local scientists pursue innovations to make our lives better

How does research being done at USF in Tampa matter to you and your family? See the progress professors and students are making in converting waste to energy, and to prevent and treat strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, paralysis and more.

Bike Walk Tampa Bay

People, places, perspectives: Sharing experiences at Bike/Walk Tampa Bay

Savvy citizen cyclists, bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates, and transportation planners from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties convene for a pedal-powered meeting of the minds at Bike/Walk Tampa Bay's "People, Places and Perspective'' discussion panel and annual awards ceremony.


UF research center in Hillsborough County picks food for your table, plants for your yard

From plant breeding research to selecting which food varieties land in your favorite restaurants and grocery stores, from laboratory specimens to neighborhood yards, agriculture around the globe benefits from work being done at the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center just north of Wimauma.


Local beauty, wellness entrepreneurs focus on healing, health

Meet four female entrepreneurs working in the Tampa Bay Area to change lives one client at time by focusing on beauty and wellness. Their personal philosophies have led them to provide products that heal and services that inspire.

Walden Lake Preschool, Plant City.

For Good: Hillsborough County agencies partner to prevent child drownings

A local partnership sponsored by the Hillsborough County Children's Board is working to reduce and, hopefully, eliminate child drownings. The partnership offers programs that can keep kids safe this summer and year-round.

Freddy Barton and Rosalie Smith of Safe & Sound Hillsborough work on the first Safe Summit scheduled for June 3, 2017.

How to keep communities safe? Efforts to curb violence start with youth

Safe and Sound Hillsborough is designed to defeat the roots of violence in the Tampa Bay Area by working with youth. You can see the program's progress at Safe Summit ’17 on June 3 at University Mall in Tampa.

Some of the decor at Chief's was original to the building.

School garden project celebrates community entrepreneurs

The Edible Peace Patch Project’s annual Cultivating Community Golden Carrot Award goes to Carolyn and Elihu Brayboy, local entrepreneurs committed to rebuilding the historic 22nd Street South Deuces community in St. Petersburg.


For Good: Scallops, clams return to Sarasota Bay thanks to serious cultivation, cleanup

Next time you order local seafood, scallops or clams, consider what it takes to keep them healthy and sustainable in Florida bay waters. And what you can do to help.

The Boys and Girls Club in Wimauma.

Expansion of Wimauma Boys and Girls Club is designed to provide after-school care, help families

Donors from East and South Hillsborough County are investing in Wimauma's future by contributing to a fund at the Southshore Council that is designed to pay for the expansion of the local Boys and Girls Club. You can donate too.


Local physician turns to small business lending to open new practice

Evolve Personal Health is a membership-based concierge medical practice with a personal approach designed to transform patients’ day-to-day lives.

Curtis, Kimberly and Caleb Darby are graduates of the Family Promise of Pinellas County program.

For Good: Family Promise works with interfaith congregations to help homeless families

Fourteen host congregations set up make-shift living quarters for homeless families inside their houses of worship. Volunteers take turns supplying the guests three meals a day, as well as helping in whatever ways are needed, including taking kids to school, donating personal and household items, or offering social and emotional support. 

Scott Adams and Aaron Palermo work at the Louise Graham Regeneration Center.

For Good: Social enterprise employs intellectually disabled in St. Petersburg

Roughly 70 disabled adults spend six hours a day at the Louise Graham Center for Regeneration learning work tasks and social skills that can help them land a job in a local workplace.

Bike lane in downtown Tampa.

Vision Zero focuses on making local streets safer for bicyclists, pedestrians

Whether you’re driving a truck or car, riding a bicycle or walking across the street, you can help prevent deaths and injuries by being more alert to the other guys. Ditto for government. Vision Zero arms urban planners with tools to make streets safer for everyone.


ComfyTree marijuana conference in Tampa

With medical marijuana now legalized in Florida, ComfyTree offers a crash course on what prospectors need to know about getting into the industry.


Imparten clases de cocina para mejorar la nutrición de habitantes de Wimauma

Con educación nutricional y clases de cocina, Hispanic Service Council busca romper esquemas alimenticios para que las familias de Wimauma coman rico y sano y para combatir la obesidad y la diabetes.

Reyna Barragan eats and feeds her family healthy food options.

Free cooking classes help Wimauma residents shop, eat, live better

In Wimauma, the Hispanic Services Council offers cooking classes that can improve nutrition and encourage better eating habits. The goal is to fight obesity and prevent diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.


On The Ground in Wimauma: Healthcare providers struggle to meet needs of indigent population

About 35 percent of the population in Wimauma ages 65 and under is uninsured. The challenges surrounding lack of access to medical care is tripled with the arrival of seasonal farmworkers.

Pastor Carlos Irizarry is lead pastor along with his wife Judy at Wholesome Church.

Organizaciones locales luchan por cubrir la necesidad de servicios de salud en Wimauma

Alrededor del 35 por ciento de la población menor de 65 años en Wimauma no cuenta con seguro médico. Los desafíos alrededor de la falta de acceso a atención médica se triplican con la llegada de trabajadores agrícolas temporales.


For Good: Road to Recovery volunteers drive cancer patients to lifesaving treatment

While family and friends often provide rides to treatment for cancer patients, they can't always be there every day. That's when volunteer drivers step up to make a difference.


Neighborhood care centers aim to enhance patient experiences while lowering costs

As part of the strategy to reduce medical care costs, local healthcare providers are building more neighborhood care centers staffed with skilled professionals who can treat injuries and illnesses that don’t require a visit to more expensive hospital emergency rooms and highly trained physicians.

Jaya Goswami Rao shares Molekule at the May unveiling.

Introducing the revolution of indoor air purification in a single Molekule

A solar technology expert working at USF has invented an indoor air purification system that can oxidize microscopic pollutants, breaking them down into harmless elements naturally found in air. Research and development is taking place in the Tampa Bay region.


What is a wellness district? Vinik-Cascade project in downtown Tampa promotes healthy lifestyle

Designers of downtown Tampa's Wellness District are looking to create innovative spaces and places that promote a healthy lifestyle. Think air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

North Shore Aquatic Complex in St. Pete hosts a variety of swim meets.

Splash on! Local swim scene extends beyond Tampa Bay

The diversity of water fun and fitness opportunities in the Tampa Bay region are as vast as the water it surrounds. From beginners to fitness lovers to up-and-coming Olympians, all find a place. No matter your level of swim prowess, there’s a pool, a program and a body of water beckoning. Let’s dive in.


Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: In10did

DecaTxt enables users to type, text or send emails with one hand by using a pocket-sized, blue-tooth connected gadget ideal for people with medical conditions that make typing on a full-sized qwerty keyboard difficult.


How does your garden grow? St. Petersburg students learn hands-on about fresh food

The Edible Peace Patch Project, originally the vision of an Eckerd College professor, has now expanded to seven schools in South St. Petersburg, with a small army of volunteers helping teach kids about gardening and more.


Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Formerics LLC

Advances in technology, including computer modeling of the human body, are helping healthcare providers better predict  outcomes for testing and treatment of medical conditions. 

Le'Anns Cheesecake 'N More

Food entrepreneur bakes cheesecake in a jar

Part 4 in a series: Ever dream that your grandpa’s signature hot sauce might be your recipe for success? While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.


For Good: Major grants invest in St. Pete projects designed to create healthy communities

Health-related innovations and initiatives win big as the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg awards $3.9 million in inaugural grants to 19 local organizations.


Food entrepreneur takes prepared meals to market

Problem: When it comes to prepared meals, most big food manufacturers aren’t producing the products that people want, i.e. fresh food that tastes great and makes you feel good about eating. Solution? Healthy packaged meals using natural and organic ingredients.


Local hackers gather in Tampa to find solutions to problems of Bay Area homelessness

How to provide technical solutions to problems that confront the Tampa Bay Area homeless population? Invite local hacker volunteers to a 3-day event, called CodaPalooza, in observance of the National Day of Civic Hacking, sponsored in part by Code for America.


Food entrepreneurs in Florida start from scratch

While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

John Richardson prepares his Jon's Gourmet Products Jerk Smoked Turkey Spread.

Local food entrepreneurs find recipes for success

Ever dream that your grandpa’s signature hot sauce might be your recipe for success? While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.


New Tampa Bay Health Alliance aims to restore doctor-patient relationships

The network, called the Tampa Bay Health Alliance, will include the USF Physicians Group and four other practices with various specialties and primary care -- Florida Medical Clinic, Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Pediatric Health Care Alliance and Women’s Care Florida. 

Christine Acosta is owner of Tampa Bike Valet.

Tampa Bike Valet parking service builds loyalty among bicyclists

Tampa Bike Valet Founder Christine Acosta says her service is a safer and more aesthetically sensitive alternative to locking a bicycle up against a sign post or on a standard bike rack.

The Coast to Coast Connector Trail will utilize parts of the Pinellas Trail to connect Titusville and St Pete.

Tampa Bay urban planners design more greenways, trails for future

Part of the solution to the high rate of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities that plagues the Tampa Bay region is the opening of new greenways and trails. Several are in the works -- under construction, in the planning stages or part of a larger vision. 


Rethinking Tampa Bay's water resources as the climate changes

Global climate models generally agree that temperatures in the Tampa Bay area will rise between two and three degrees Celsius (three and six degrees Fahrenheit) over the next half century, which could significantly alter the region's water supply. Florida scientists and researchers are weighing those predictions and others to prepare for climate change.

The storm water vault at Technology Park at ENCORE!

Healthy, green affordable housing in Downtown Tampa celebrates Earth Day

Innovative, sustainable and adding value -- the Tampa Housing Authority is hosting its first annual community Earth Day celebration this year, showcasing ENCORE! Tampa and its green design.

Leo Villanueva went undercover as a homeless person for four days in the summer of 2009, to learn more about their plight.

For Good: Benefit to raise funds, awareness for Tampa Bay area charity that feeds hungry

After Trinity Café 2 opens later this month in the First Church of God, 2202 E. Busch Blvd. in north Tampa, it is expecting to draw 200 to 300 people for free meals on weekdays.


Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Bioscan R

Wearing one’s heart on his/her sleeve is never a good idea. But wearing a personal monitor can save your life. Bioscan R is a biomedical device developer working to increase patient engagement and save lives with wearable devices. 


Top research taking place in Tampa leads to national recognition for innovation, patents

It may not have the reputation of Silicon Valley or Princeton, but the Tampa area, led by the University of South Florida, is becoming a national center of technical and scientific innovation, largely but not solely in the health care field.

A small portion of the lionfish bounty is prepared for processing.

Culinary conservation hunts predator lionfish for human consumption

Tampa Bay innovators battle Gulf invaders with help from local fishermen, scientists and chefs determined to fight back before entire underwater ecosystem becomes at risk.


USF researchers develop off grid NEWgenerator to treat waste around globe

2.6 billion people in the world could benefit from a new wastewater treatment technology developed by a University of South Florida research team.

Christie Bruner warms up the class with daughter Audrey close by.

Moving to Tampa Bay: How to plug into the running scene

The Tampa Bay Area features a melting pot of runners. Weekends year-round, competitive athletes strive for ultramarathon glory and sleep-deprived parents enter stroller 5Ks for the first time. With so many options for the fleet of foot (and the rest of us), one thing is for sure: Tampa Bay is on the run.


For Good: Pig Jig fires up barbecue smokers for a needy cause

Tampa’s Pig Jig started out in 2011 as a backyard barbecue for a friend who suffered from a rare kidney disease. Today it’s a major fundraising event in downtown Tampa that benefits NephCure Kidney International.


Moving to Tampa Bay: Pampering our pets, day and night

Finding the perfect fit for your pet to play while you’re away is less of a challenge in the Tampa Bay region since so many lodges, spas, resorts, parks and sitters now cater to their needs.

Information stands dot the pathway at Brooker Creek Preserve.

Time to get out and play! Find outdoor activities in the Tampa Bay Area

Fall in Tampa Bay is the time of year when local events, parks and other outdoor activities lure locals out of summertime hibernation spent in air-conditioned homes and offices.


Taste of Florida wows national food critics

Over the years, members of the national Association of Food Journalists have feasted their way through Seattle, New York, Boston, San Francisco, San Juan — and now the Tampa Bay region’s emerging food and drink scene. 

Mario Simoes is Chief Engineer at Tampa Bay Research and Innovation Center at CAMLS.

Disney for docs: CAMLS leads training in biotech, medical devices

CAMLS, an innovative medical simulation center in downtown Tampa, is one of the world’s largest free-standing centers fully dedicated to training healthcare professionals. 

St Petersburg Running Company Thursday Run Club run the Pinellas Trail.

Moving to Tampa Bay: The triathlon scene sets global pace to swim, bike, run

The Tampa Bay area’s sun, surf and sand make it a natural hotbed for the sport of triathlon. From St. Petersburg beaches to Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard to Clermont’s rolling hills, devotees -- both professionals and weekend warriors -- grind out training stints to prep for global competitions. 

USF College of Pharmacy earns accreditation

USF College of Pharmacy on track to draw top talent to Tampa Bay region

The University of South Florida’s College of Pharmacy (USFCOP) takes a healthy step forward by earning full academic accreditation.

Paul Rabaut in his garden.

Moving to Tampa Bay: Cultivating the gardening scene

How do green thumbs create a compost pile for successful gardening in Florida? Three Tampa Bay area master gardeners explain how to start with food scraps, leftover lawn clippings and other organic matter. 

Green Mile

In Denver, legal marijuana spurs entrepreneurialism -- and gentrification

Florida voters interested in the medical marijuana issue take note: The Mile High City's booming marijuana industry has created and catalyzed thousands of jobs. While its impact rivals that of any single economic development initiative in the city's recent history, there are plenty of challenges and growing pains as well.


Get outdoors with locals on Tampa Bay area bicycle trails

Have bicycle, will travel? While Florida's cities increasingly invest in bike lanes to improve safety for bicyclists along streets and highways, the Tampa Bay region offers some fabulous bike trails and paths designed for non-motorized traffic. Read about and ride along on a few local favorites.  

The lobby of Mary  Lee's House is warm and inviting for families.

For Good: Mary Lee's House in Tampa provides one-stop-shop of services for children in need

Florida’s child advocacy professionals count on Mary Lee’s House in Tampa to take in, treat and protect neglected and abused kids who end up in state custody. The success of the 7-year-old nonprofit emanates from its Founder, Mary Lee Farrior, one of the newest inductees into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.


For Good: Military vets find peace in yoga classes

Charitable donations and foundation support enable Garden of the Heart yoga studio in Sarasota and Goodwill Manasota Community Center to offer free classes to military veterans seeking peace of mind and wound recovery. 

Drew and Nickolas Graham play at Water Works Park. - Julie Branaman

Splish! splash! Kids movin' and a groovin' in Tampa Bay area parks

Move over swimming pools. Make room for splash pads, the latest water craze to pop up in parks and public spaces in the Tampa Bay region. Cities and parents are gravitating toward new water parks as more cost efficient, lots of fun and safer for kids.

Nurse practioner Trudy Grossman greets patient Gary Babcock. "They treat me like gold," Babcock said

For Good: St. Pete Free Clinic launches Saving Grace Project

St. Petersburg Free Clinic seeks donations for its new Saving Grace Project designed to more than double the number of beds available for homeless women in Pinellas County.

Doug Fyvolent. - Julie Branaman

Hyperponic farm merges agriculture with technology, innovation and philanthropy

A new high-tech, sustainable urban farm in south St. Petersburg will soon be part of the Tampa Bay region’s growing urban agriculture community. A portion of the harvest will go to feed the needy.


A Game For Life: Amputees Learn Movement Through Virtual Reality

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa uses innovative technology to treat survivors of accidents, disease and war with a new, more effective form of physical therapy assessment and rehabilitation.

Ashley Cantero works on the ring as aerial instructor Jessica Watson closely watches. - Julie Branam

Aerial Dragons Defy Gravity in Tampa

Motivation, strength and flexibility are keys to success for any start-up company. Through Aerial Dragons, her newly launched aerial arts school, Circus Performer Jessica Watson demands these characteristics of her individual students, too.


Foggy On Details? USF Researchers Patent Formula To Enhance Brainpower

A nutritional supplement developed at the University of South Florida that combines the mind-building strengths of blueberries, green tea and more is finding scientific confirmation and a place on supermarket shelves across the nation. 

Tampa Bay. - James Branaman

Happy Memorial Day! Tampa Bay

The 83 Degrees Media team will be taking a week off in honor of Memorial Day and as a short break before summer. See you again on the first Tuesday in June!

Abby Paterson paints St Joseph's patient Reagan Kelly's hand during an art therapy session at the ho

Tampa Bay Hospitals Engage Arts In Healing

Tampa Bay healthcare providers increasingly engage artists -- musicians, painters, dancers, etc. -- to reduce stress and recovery time for patients and families (and medical talent) by transforming the healing experience.

Art in Health students discuss Disarm by artist Pedro Reyes. - Julie Branaman

USF Leverages Arts, Sciences To Provide Better Healthcare

In a league with Harvard, Yale, the University of Miami and other big name academic centers, USF Health leads the way in using art to teach future doctors, nurses, physical therapists and public health professionals how to sharpen their visual observation skills to become better healthcare providers.


Walking Through Tampa's Past To Shape Its Future

Do The Local Motion, twice monthly walking tours of downtown Tampa, share stories from the city's rich history. A February walk honoring Black History Month explores Tampa's deep music roots, the genesis of one of the world's most well-known ministries and how the area played a role in desegregation and the social changes of the 1960s.

Tracy Ingram works on his teams Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE entry representing Intention Technology. -

Tampa Team Competes For $10M Global XPRIZE

The Intention Technology team from Tampa Bay is competing with other innovative international teams to design a portable wireless device that can transform the delivery of healthcare and win a $10 million prize.


Fresh Greens, Anyone? Urban Gardens Sustain Communities

Urban gardens sponsored by community groups, churches and neighborhoods have caught on like wildfire in St. Petersburg as local residents pursue the idea of sustainable agriculture, small urban farms and healthier eating.

Faith House bananas

Innovative Urban Food Park Would Span Food Experience

Emmanuel Roux, a former restaurateur and farm kid from France now living in St. Petersburg, looks at the city's poorest neighborhoods and envisions an Urban Food Park that could grow healthy foods, teach preparation skills from farm to table and feed the hungry. His longtime dream is getting closer to reality.

Lettuce from Geraldson Community Farm in Bradentons. - Julie Branaman

Sustainable Buzz Surrounds Tampa Bay's Locavore Movement

Celebrating the Tampa Bay region's locavore movement, the Sustany Foundation teams up with local farms and restaurants, food trucks, breweries, wineries and spirits companies to present a tastebud-tantalizing Sustainable Buzz Fest on November 7 at the Straz Center.


St. Pete Entrepreneurs Launch Micro-Juicery

Kelly Lessem's small home-based business grows into a full-time operation with the opening of Squeeze Juice Works, a trendy new St. Pete juice bar that she operates with co-owner Amy Losoya, former manager of the popular downtown Tampa Fly Bar and Restaurant.

Photo provided by CAMLS.

CAMLS Expansion Extends Tampa Bay's Reach As Biotech Hub

USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) moves forward with its first  international expansion into Panama.

Pickled Shrimp at Indigenous. - Julie Branaman

Ready To Sink Your Teeth Into The Locavore Cause?

From gardens to the Gulf, the locavore movement is beginning to thrive in Tampa Bay and across Florida with pioneers like Steve Phelps and Katie and Emilio Sosa at the helm.


Center For Building Hope: A Place Designed For Healing

The designers of the Center For Building Hope at Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota created a place where cancer patients and their families find peace and sustenance in surroundings influenced by nature.


MediFuture 2023 Aims to Disrupt Healthcare Delivery

MediFuture 2023 in Tampa will focus on rethinking how traditional healthcare is delivered to create new models for patient care.


M2Gen At Center Of Growing Research Corridor In North Tampa

M2Gen, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, USF Health, Shriner's Hospital, the James A. Haley VA Hospital and Florida Hospital are key collaborators in North Tampa's growing research corridor.

- Photo by Julie Branaman

Playing Unplugged: Kids, Parents Take A Break From Computers, TV

See Sophia run. See Liam jump. See Emma race Aiden. Unplug children for a day from computers, TV, cell phones and electronic games and see how they play, exercise and learn in the park. "Playing Unplugged'' in Pinellas County is just one antidote to the nation's obesity crisis.


City Bike Tours Tap Brakes At Indie Eats In Tampa

Imagine touring your tastebuds through Tampa's indy restaurants while imbibing on local brews, meeting new peeps and getting a little exercise. Too good to be true? Not if you ride along on one of City Bike Tampa's monthly bicycle tours. Take a look at images of the last ride in this photo slideshow.


USF Disease Warriors Explore New Use For Research

Drs. Csilla Ari and Dominic D'Agostino, USF researchers studying ketones as weapons against diseases like ALS, cancer and Alzheimer's, find a mutual interest in diving leads to discoveries about oxygen deprivation that may help the U.S. Department of Defense battle other kinds of enemies.


Photo Slideshow: Outstanding In The Field, Florida

Please pass the beer-poached Florida shrimp! Then let's try some Jamaican jerk alligator ribs. Yum! Outstanding in the Field, a farm-to-table dinner company, visited Florida in January to serve up such local culinary treats.

Deborah Hilbert and Abby Sucsy identify a plant in the Eckerd College garden. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay: Urban Gardens Create Sense Of Place, Build Community

Where's the perfect place to meet your peeps, get to know the neighbors or build collaborative spirit among your co-workers? Urban gardens, where the love of the outdoors merges with a desire for healthy eating to serve a dual purpose of growing food and community.


Pinellas Family Farm Renews Community Partnerships, Clearwater

Gateway Organic Farm in Clearwater is recognized for innovation and leadership for partnerships that promote organic gardening and self-sufficiency.


Health Hero: Tampa Bay Startup Uses Technology To Encourage Employees To Get Healthy

Costs for health benefits continue to climb even as employers and employees seek tangible ways to reduce them, say the founders of a new Tampa startup company called Health Hero. Health Hero’s mission is simple but vital: Save money by creating a healthier workforce. The company is betting on the power of social media to help make it happen.

Kathleen Flinn

Kathleen Flinn: Sharpen Your Knife, Cook Fearless

Anna Maria Island snowbird Kathleen Flinn pursued her dream of earning a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. After wrestling with her purpose post-graduation, she's found her niche -- imparting the skills she's acquired to hesitant and fearful home cooks in her latest book "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School."


Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Workout Scene

Non-conventional workout options -- think spinning classes ala virtual reality tours and running up a replica of the Santa Monica Stairs -- contribute to the popularity of Powerhouse Gym Downtown Tampa, which is already in expansion mode after only three years of operation.


You Are The One: Victim Advocates Take Message To Masses

Three Tampa Bay area women -- Kelly Addington, Becca Tieder and Barbara Rosenthal -- team up to empower students against sexual assault in a new documentary called "You Are The One.'' The film premiers Saturday (Sept. 22) at the Reeves Theater at the University of Tampa.


Moffitt: Targeted Radiation Zaps Cancer, Speeds Recovery

Advances in radiation therapy at Moffitt Cancer Center increasingly turn diagnoses that once spelled a death sentence or necessitated life-altering treatments into experiences that patients walk away from to return to normal lives.


USF Health Grows Blood Bank, Studies Genetics Of Heart Diseases, Tampa

USF Health is collaborating with the American College of Cardiology and other hospitals to bank blood for genetic studies much like Moffitt Cancer Center is already doing with cancerous tumors.


Photo Slideshow: Real Food Dinner, Tampa

A sold-out crowd packs the Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City to hear words of wisdom from Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, the author of "Folks, This Ain't Normal,'' "You Can Farm'' and "Salad Bar Beef.''


USF Attracts Nurses To New Degree Program, Tampa

USF redesigns degree program for nurses to meet needs cited by community members as well as healthcare professionals.


Tampa Bay Shines, Front Row Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Shines and Front Row Tampa Bay aim to attract investors in the region by showcasing people, places and things that promote civic pride.


Grilling 101: 2 Tampa Bay Chefs Share 6 Tips For Summer

If it's edible and doesn't fall between the grates, we'll find a way to grill it -- meat, fish, fowl, veggies, fruits, tofu, even desserts. Two Tampa Bay chefs fire up six tips to raise your grilling skills and put together a crowd-pleasing meal that's charred from start to finish. Ready, set, grill!


USF Diabetes Center Targets Type 1 In Families

The new Family Centered Diabetes Center at the University of South Florida ramps up the university's goal of being a major player in the cure for diabetes. It brings together cutting-edge research, clinical trials, medical treatment, education and counseling in one setting. Dr. Sureka Bollepali is among the physicians there who hopes to make a difference for Tampa Bay families.


Tampa Bay Gardeners Unite For International Permaculture Day

What is permaculture? For some, it means a "permanent culture." For others, it's "permanent agriculture." But for all of its followers, it's a way of life. In Tampa Bay, it's one piece of a larger green food movement. Through the use of compost, rainwater harvesting and strategic plant selection, anyone can learn to reap the benefits of a self-sustaining garden.


Focus On Females: Popular Health Symposium Returns To Tampa

The Tampa Convention Center plays host to the 7th annual Focus on Females Healthcare Symposium on March 31st. The free event aims to provide something for everyone who faces health issues or wants to stay healthy.


Lion's Eye Institute Sees End To Blindness, Tampa

Advances in research and medical treatment at the Lion's Eye Institute in Tampa make cornea transplants and other treatments for the sight-impaired more readily available and accessible all over Florida.


CAMLS By The Numbers: USF In Downtown Tampa

Among the phenomenal facts about USF Health's CAMLS, a new robotic training center that is expected to attract 30,000 physicians and other medical personnel in just the first year, is the fact that it was built using private money and no tax dollars.


Video: Criterium & Street Festival, Tampa

Observers are welcome as some of the world's fastest bicyclists will race around downtown Tampa on March 31. The route will take riders in a loop north on Franklin Street, west on Polk Street, south on Tampa Street and east on Kennedy Boulevard.


USF College Of Pharmacy Shines Under Scrutiny

USF rallies support around the USF College of Pharmacy as it is proposed for elimination during Florida Legislative budget debates. To learn more about the College, take a look at videos USF has produced in recruiting faculty and students.


Moffitt Doc Targets Cancer With Unique Radiation Therapy

The Radionuclide Therapy being developed by Dr. Michael Tomblyn at Moffitt Cancer Center does less damage to healthy tissue and has fewer side effects. It works by acting like a heat-seeking missile, riding antibodies through the body to target specific proteins.  


Tampa Bay Hooping Connections Span The Globe

Hooping, a 1950s rock-n-roll phenom, is fast becoming a popular activity for fitness and meditation, performance art and social connection, especially among 20-somethings looking for new ways to connect with each other.


USF Health Prepares To Open Medical Simulation Center, Downtown Tampa

When the University of South Florida opens its $38 million Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in February, it will put Tampa on the map as the "go-to'' place for training using the latest high-tech robot patients that do everything but talk. The new downtown medical facility is designed as a state-of-the-art educational place for health care professionals to test their skills in scenarios that mimic real-life -- everything from surgery and trauma to childbirth.


TGH Medical Records Make Epic Digital Conversion

The digital conversion of Tampa General Hospital's massive medical records gives patients and doctors much faster access to information used in care and treatment. The $128 million investment means some 900 monitoring and measuring devices are now integrated into a computerized system that allows medical personnel to quickly assess a patient's totality of care.


HEAL: Networking For Your Health In Tampa Bay

A small but hugely focused Tampa Bay networking group urges young professionals to expand their public health and personal wellness knowledge as a critical step toward making health -- their own and the community's -- a greater priority.


USF Science Students Win ARCS Tampa Bay Scholarships

A Tampa Bay chapter of ARCS, a national philanthropic organization founded and run by women to advance science, awards scholarships to students at the University of South Florida and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.  The first scholarship awards were given out in 2010 and two more graduate students will receive the $15,000 award at a luncheon on October 28 in Tampa.


Ready For Life: What's Next For Pinellas Foster Teens

When the state of Florida serves as your parent, turning 18 doesn’t come with a birthday cake and presents. Instead, foster youth are "emancipated.'' They must pack their bags and leave their foster or group home and fend for themselves, whether they’re emotionally and financially ready or not. Ready for Life, a two-year-old Pinellas County program, is stepping up to help.


83 Degrees Media: Not Your Average Speakers Series

83 Degrees Media kicks off the "Not Your Average Speakers'' series Oct. 20 with a panel discussion at the Jaeb Theater in downtown Tampa that will focus on "what's working in cities,'' a continuation of an ongoing story theme as we help tell the Tampa Bay region's economic success stories featuring talent, innovation, diversity and environment or sense of place. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, follow this link.


Photo Slideshow: Stand Up Fitness, St. Petersburg

Brody Welte, owner of Stand Up Fitness, is teaming up with USA Today writer and fitness author Pete Williams to produce a book about his efforts to teach fitness by offering paddle tours of the scenic waters around Tampa and St. Petersburg.


Happy July 4th! 83 Degrees Takes Holiday Break

Life in Florida and in Tampa Bay remains good for most of us as we head into a mid-summer break designed to renew and refresh. We'll be back with more stories about the Tampa Bay region's talented people, innovative ideas and investments, global diversity and sense of place when we return with fresh content on July 12.


Photo Slideshow: Get R.E.A.L., Tampa

Remember the first time you shared s'mores over a campfire? Cast a fishing line? Saw an alligator? Hiked in the woods? Pitched a tent? All of the traditional outdoor activities that girl and boy scouts often tackle together? Get R.E.A.L., a special outdoor program, exposes city kids to all those experiences and more.


Former Army Docs Team Up To Open Athletic Training Facility In Tampa's Citrus Park

Drs. Kevin Scott and Chris MacLaren, owners of WestChase Sports Medicine, are negotiating with investors to build an athletic training center in northwest Hillsborough that is expected to serve amateur as well as professional athletes.


Intezyne: Grad School Lab Mates Hatch Cancer-Fighting Biotech Firm At USF Incubator

Intezyne's patented "Trojan horse'' drug delivery system, developed at the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator in Tampa, is a rising star in the pharmaceutical industry. Now the company's lead product faces the ultimate test: clinical trials on humans.


Photo Slideshow: Berkeley Prep, Tampa

How do you get exceptional middle- and high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine? That's the challenge presented in today's competitive marketplace where the best and the brightest are a hot commodity. Dr. Lennox Hoyte, a surgeon, visits Tampa Bay area schools to talk about his work in hopes of convincing a few to follow in his footsteps.


USF CAMLS: Robots To Attract Docs From Around The Globe To Downtown Tampa

The USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation will be a sci-fi geek's dream when it opens in early 2012 in downtown Tampa. Designed and built by the Beck Group, CAMLS will feature the latest medical technology, including virtual reality surgery and human patient simulators.  


MERIT: USF, Draper Lab Create Next Gen Medical Tools

USF and Draper Lab are teaming up to develop novel medical devices that can make treatment less invasive and ease recovery for patients. The goal is to develop breakthrough technologies that improve patient safety, reduce surgical complications and increase medical-related benefits.


USF Bulls Turn To Heat Sensor To Keep Players Cool

With Auburn still riding high following its Fiesta Bowl victory, universities around the nation are already gearing up to put their football players through the heat of next summer in preparation for the 2011 season. USF in Tampa is among those leading the way for safety by sharing what coaches have learned using a special pill designed to monitor players' body temperatures.


Teens Help Test New Drugs For Diabetes Research At USF, TGH

A clinical trial being conducted by USF researchers at Tampa General Hospital seeks to test the effectiveness of a drug designed to treat Type 1 diabetes. The trial involves patients between the ages of 10 and 20, who have been diagnosed within the past three months.


Broken Hart Bords: Bradenton Skateboarder Ramps Up Fight Against Heart Disease

Jacob Brockhoff's mom never imagined what her son would come up with after she urged him to draw pictures to relieve his anxiety. He did what she asked and soon also drew up a business plan to sell uniquely designed skateboards to benefit other children with heart disease.


"Good Guy'' Hockey Star Melts Tiny Hearts, Comforts Families At All Children's In St. Petersburg

The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center occupies most of the seventh floor of All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. It includes 28 individual patient rooms and takes up more than 26,500 square feet. It also allows for accommodations for parents of patients and three Ronald McDonald houses are on site for parents who need to be near their children.


Skincare: Peeling Back The Layers At Dermazone In St. Petersburg

Dermazone Solutions combines innovation and technology to produce growing lines of natural skincare and beauty products in a a woman-founded, woman-run and woman-managed company in the heart of St. Petersburg.


Play Ball! Auburndale Sports Complex Aims For Strike-It-Rich Zone

Even a visitors' center opening at the end of May at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in eastern Polk County is all about playing sports and participating in sporting competitions for residents and tourists alike.


New USF Robotics Lab Aims To Improve Lives By Studying How Bodies Move

USF's new Motion Analysis Laboratory brings together researchers and students across multiple disciplines to share perspectives that can improve the lives of those with disabilities. In the new lab, researchers will be able to study lower extremity motions involved in walking up a ramp, climbing stairs, turning a doorknob, lifting a box, putting away dishes and other everyday activities that can be daunting for people with disabilities.


Tampa Vet Sees That The Eyes Have It

Most of the vision problems Veterinarian Dr. E. Dan Wolf of Tampa sees involve cataracts. He specializes in a technique that he says is simple and mostly painless to the animal. Basically, he places a lens inside the eye of the animal. It's a relatively common procedure, similar to a human putting in a contact lens; only with an animal, it's permanent.


Photo Slideshow: Stand Up Fitness, St. Petersburg

Brody Welte's Stand Up Fitness combines outdoor exercise with scenic natural beauty by offering paddle tours of the waters around Tampa and St. Petersburg. The tours often include trips along the Hillsborough River.

Consciousness Blossom in Palm Harbor. - Julie Busch

Best Bets For Vegan Foodies in Tampa Bay

Today's trend toward more healthy eating and an apparent increase in the Tampa Bay region's pro-animal rights, vegetarian and vegan populations have helped restaurants that serve primarily vegan fare – or at least offer multiple options that are sans-animal products – become increasingly common and increasingly profitable.


Q&A: Len Polizzotto, Draper Laboratory

Draper Laboratory, an MIT spin-off based in Cambridge, MA, and pioneer in the development of MEMS technologies for 25 years, opened facilities in October at the University of South Florida in Tampa and in St. Petersburg. Dr. Len Polizzotto, principal director of strategic business development, talks with 83 Degrees about Draper's expansion into Florida.

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