A Word from More Health

Happy New Year from MORE HEALTH! We look forward to new beginnings and the opportunity to provide unsurpassed health and safety education in our communities across the Tampa Bay area.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the academic success of America's youth is strongly linked with their health. This comes as no surprise to us at More Health. For over 25 years More Health instructors have been teaching health and safety education to children, teens and adults in a myriad of counties, schools, community centers, hospitals and health centers across Tampa Bay. Through a spirit of local collaboration and partnership we strive to provide the health and safety tools necessary to form habits of healthy living,
A Word from More Health
leading to a lifetime of overall well-being. There are no barriers of access to obtaining More Health education. To learn more about our service offerings please visit or contact us directly at 813-287-5032. We would love to hear from you!

Karen Pesce Buckenheimer
Executive Director
MORE Healthy News MORE Healthy News

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is a bone disease that happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. Osteoporosis literally means "porous bone" and makes an individual more susceptible to fractures. The strength and health of our bones relies heavily on a diet rich in nutrients, especially calcium and vitamin D. Because calcium is not produced in the body, and because vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium, it is vital that we include these nutrients in a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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Board Member Spotlight - Rick Kouwe

We are pleased to recognize MORE HEALTH director Rick Kouwe.

Rick has lived in Tampa with his wife, Jeannie, for 42 years. In these years Rick has built and sold a business, joined the financial sector and served on various boards including that of Tampa Preparatory School and the Tampa General Hospital Foundation before entering retirement. It was in his board capacity at TGH that Rick learned about the hospital's relationship with More Health.

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Board Member Spotlight - Rick Kouwe
Safety Awareness For You Safety Awareness For You

Bicycle and pedestrian accidents are a leading cause of fatalities in children. The facts are startling and speak for themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control:
  • In 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States.
  • In 2013 in the U.S., over 900 bicyclists were killed and there were an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries.
  • In 2013, one in every five children under the age of 14 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
  • Adolescents and young adults (15-19 years) and adults aged 40 years and older have the highest bicycle death rates.
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Student Safety Tips

Heavy Backpacks - How Kids Can Wear Them Safely

Between studying, homework and extracurricular activities, going to school may make kids feel like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. And sometimes, they literally do. After you pile a lunch, school supplies, binders and textbooks - which typically weigh 3.5 lbs each — into your child’s backpack, the load he or she is lugging around could be huge.

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Student Safety Tips
MORE HEALTH is now on AmazonSmile!

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase directly to MORE HEALTH, Inc. It's use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, wish list, registries and other account settings are also the same. Visit today, select MORE HEALTH, Inc. as your charity of choice, and shop away!

2017 SuperSitter Courses

January 14, February 11, March 4, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 4, December 9

The best babysitting class in town is educational and fun, focusing on safety and first-aid. Participants (ages 11-15) receive CPR instruction for infants and children. Classes are held 9:00AM - 1:00PM. The cost is $35.00.

Contact MORE HEALTH at 813-287-5032 or email Laci Stokes at to enroll today!
Bicycle Helmets

All kids under the age of 16 must wear a helmet when riding a bike. Call MORE HEALTH about purchasing or receiving a free helmet at 813-287-5032.
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MORE HEALTH also invites you to make a difference in the community. Donating your time and resources, requesting a lesson and volunteering are easy!

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MORE HEALTH is committed to improving the health of children, teens and adults through innovative, interactive, and effective education. Since 1989, MORE HEALTH has educated and inspired over 3 million students to identify and adopt healthy habits. With your generous support, we can do even more!

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