Health and Family

Join Sam’s Fight and Help Local Child

January 14, 2016 - 20:21
Sammy Sleeping After a Hard Day

Hernando County- Six year old Sammy Huett has been fighting for his life, after being diagnosed with Bilateral Wilms’ Tumor, a rare kidney cancer primarily found in children. Although it has been a very difficult journey for the family, parents Brandy and Robert do their best to not let Sammy see the pain and worry they experience. Sammy’s constant smile and energy for life has been key in helping the family get through this trying time.

Mental Health Organization Receives Generous Donation from Local Students

January 04, 2016 - 14:41

Hernando Sun Staff

Pay it Forward Students Left to right, front row:  Tiffany Egli, Geri Anderson, Heather Phillips  Second Row:  Ethan Egli, Lisa Anderson, Gabrielle Anderson, Kara Peters, Cheryl Peters, Rayna Phillips and Aiden Phillips

SPRING HILL- Students at Gulf Coast Academy and Gulf Coast Middle School recently made a remarkable contribution to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Hernando . Students taking part in the Pay It Forward Project raised $1,431.70 to support NAMI Hernando and those of our community living with mental illness through various fundraising efforts.

In appreciation for their contribution, NAMI Hernando held a pizza party for the students at the Beautiful Mind Center. The students decorated the center for the Holidays while they were there.

Natural Flu Remedies

December 04, 2015 - 20:19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu virus is constantly changing. Each winter a different strain finds its way into our communities. With the peak of illnesses occurring between December and February, now is the perfect time to learn how to prevent the flu from finding its way into your body, and you can do it naturally!

Side by Side…Stone Style

November 11, 2015 - 09:39

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Stone Family From Left to Right: Tommy, Mike Stone Jr., Mike Stone III, Mary Stone

No two siblings are alike, some are best friends, some have years between them and others have different interests and goals. Different interests and goals is not the case with the Stone Brothers. They have been side by side throughout their growing life and now shoulder to shoulder in the sport that continues to drive their brotherly bond.

How to Fit a Backpack Properly on a Child (or Adult!)

August 25, 2015 - 10:14

Dr. Allen is a chiropractor serving Hernando County. You can find her online at .

Now that school is underway, make sure your child's backpack is properly fitted to avoid potential harm. The most important thing to consider when fitting a backpack on a child is to not allow them to carry too much weight. No one should carry more than 20% of his or her body weight in a standard-style backpack. For your kindergartener, this 20% is likely 8-12 lbs.

Compassion is Key to Dementia Care

May 15, 2015 - 08:13

NATURE COAST- Florida is a well-known retirement destination, and it shouldn’t be surprising that we have a high number of seniors in our communities. The baby boom generation, which includes births from 1945-1964, produced over 77 million babies in the United States. According to the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, it was estimated that the number of Baby Boomers are expected to reach 5.3 million in Florida by 2020 and they will continue to account for a larger proportion of Florida’s population well through 2050.

Chiropractic Care for Allergies

May 14, 2015 - 08:54

As most of the country is entering one of the prime seasons for allergies, I have many helpful tips for you. As we know, allergies are a disorder of the immune system. When your immune system overreacts to a typically non-harmful substance (cat dander, pollen, dust, etc.), it initiates a response to neutralize and flush out the allergen. This is how your watery eyes, itchy nose, and scratchy throat come about.

Respite Care: Positive for Caregiver and their Loved One

May 13, 2015 - 14:16


Respite Care is available for those with early stage Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or other types of senile dementia in Citrus and Hernando County. Often taking care of a loved one with a memory loss illness is extremely demanding. Respite care offers a break for the caretaker and beneficial social interaction for the affected individual. The program is available through Catholic Charities and serves anyone in need.