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Florida Department of Health - St. Johns County

  •  904-506-6081

    Mailing Address

    200 San Sebastian View 


    Saint Augustine, Florida 32084 

  • Diabetes & Prevention
  • Prevent Respiratory Illness
  • Parents, safety gear doesn’t work if you don’t click it.
  • Tobacco Free Florida
  • Healthiest Weight Florida
  • Healthy Eating
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Helpful Links
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Learn about COVID-19 & Diabetes

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a life-long disease that affects the way your body handles glucose, a kind of sugar, in your blood. Your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose, which your body uses for energy. Your blood takes the glucose to the cells throughout your body. Your blood always has some glucose in it. But too much glucose in the blood is not good for your health. Diabetes means that your blood glucose (sugar) is too high.

The glucose from food needs insulin to get into the body's cells. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas, an organ near the stomach. The pancreas releases insulin into the blood. If your body does not make enough insulin or the insulin does not work right, the glucose can't get into the cells, so it stays in the blood. This makes your blood glucose level high, causing you to have diabetes.

More than 1 in 3. 88 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes — blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes.

There are four types of diabetes described below.  Click on the links to learn more.

Type 2 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes
Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

Lifestyle change programs offered through the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which is led by CDC, can help participants adopt the healthy habits needed to prevent type 2 diabetes.  Trained lifestyle change coaches lead classes to help participants improve their food choices, increase physical activity, and learn coping skills to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes.

Know where you stand. (It will only take a minute!)

If you have or are at risk for prediabetes, lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, increased physical activity, and losing just 5-7% of body weight, can help you prevent diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based program that can help you make these changes and prevent diabetes. Recognized DPPs are listed on the CDC registry at or simply dial 211 for a DPP near you.

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Smoking and COVID-19: What You Need To Know

Prevent Respiratory Illness - It's in your hands!

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you don’t have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol based.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Stay home when you’re sick, and keep your children home when they’re sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Try not to touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t touch or shake hands with people who are sick .

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View: Safe-At-Home Drowning Prevention

What makes you click?

What makes you click?

Your child makes you click and that’s why the Florida Department of Health’s What makes you click? campaign was designed to increase injury prevention awareness: click helmet straps before biking or riding a scooter, and click lifejackets before swimming and boating. For more safety tips, visit WaterSmartFL and Safe Kids Florida.

Safe-At-Home:  Drowning Prevention

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Smoking and COVID-19: What You Need To Know

Tobacco Free FloridaThere are many reasons to quit tobacco, find yours at Tobacco Free Florida and Tobacco Free St. Johns .


Sign Up for a Smoking Cessation Program


Whatever your reason to quit is, Tobacco Free Florida offers free tools and services to help you get started.


The scientific and medical community is learning more about the health implications smoking has on COVID-19, but there are reasons for concern. We do know that COVID-19 patients who smoke might be at higher risk for severe disease or death from COVID-19.1

Know the Risks

smoking suppresses immune function in the lungs and triggers inflamation. 3.   Smoking can cause a higher risk of getting lung and chest infections in general. 4.

Peope who smoke have a higher risk of dying from respiratory infections such as influenza and pneumonia. 4.   Using e-cigarettes can increase your odds of developing respiratory disease by 95%. 3.

Smoking is a major cause of heart disease and lung disease. 4. People of any age with severe underlying health conditions, like heart disease and lung disease, might be at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19. 5.

Tobacco Free Florida is Here to Help

If you ever had a reason to quit smoking, here’s another one. The best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking. If you need help quitting, Tobacco Free Florida offers free tools and services, like 24/7 access to speak to a Quit Coach and a 2-week supply of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges shipped to your home. Learn more about all our tools and services at:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preliminary Estimates of the Prevalence of Selected Underlying Health Conditions Among Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 — United States, February 12–March 28, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:382–386. DOI: Accessed April 3, 2020.
  2. Strzelak, Agnieszka et al. “Tobacco Smoke Induces and Alters Immune Responses in the Lung Triggering Inflammation, Allergy, Asthma and Other Lung Diseases: A Mechanistic Review.” International journal of environmental research and public health vol. 15,5 1033. 21 May. 2018, doi:10.3390/ijerph15051033. Accessed April 3, 2020.
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Offce on Smoking and Health, 2014. Printed with corrections, January 2014. Accessed April 3, 2020.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 Mar. 2020, Accessed April 3, 2020.

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Educate yourself on what is known about vaping (E-Cigarette Use) devices that have risen in popularity across the state. Learn more at – E-EPIDEMIC: VAPING AND YOUTH.

Youth are vaping at Much higher rates compated to Adults. In 2018 & 2019 e-Cigarette rates were nearly 25% for Florida High School Students VS. Approximately 5% for U.S. Adults in 2018. #eEpidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has more information about E-Cigarette, or Vaping, product-use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI).

E-Cigarette videos:

Mobilize from Epidemic to Action. It's time to take action to end this epidemic. Learn more tips on how you can get involved at

Visit YRBS webpage

Learn about the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a statewide, school-based confidential survey of Florida's public high school students.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

  Healthiest Weight.

2019 Florida Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report (YRBS)

 The YRBS provides school districts and their community partners with data that identify the most critical issues and needs of Florida's public high school students.

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Take the Florida Health 60-DAYS to Better Health Challenge Take the Florida Health 60-DAYS to Better Health Challenge!

Healthiest Weight Florida

Small Steps to Living Healthy: Healthy Eating

Visit our March: National Nutrition Month Event for information and resources for a Healthful Lifestyle from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Coming soon...

April marks the return of our WIC Farmers Market season in collaboration with the Florida Department of Agriculture. A Farmers Market stand open to all, will be on site in the parking lot of the Health and Human Services Building.

Specific days and times to follow. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to access locally grown fruits and vegetables!

If  you are a WIC recipient and have any questions on the Farmers Market Nutrition Program please call or visit the DOH – St. Johns WIC office.

10 Tips to Make Eating Healthy Easy 10 Tips to Make Eating Health Easy (PDF, 2MB)

World Health Organization Video — #40seconds Suicide Prevention Campaign

WHO Video — 
Suicide Prevention Campaign
(Video Length 0:51)

It’s okay to not be okay, but there are a lot of people who want to help you get better. If you’re thinking about hurting yourself or like life isn’t worth it, reach out now!

Get Immediate Help in a Crisis: 

Find a health care provider or treatment for substance use disorder and mental health:

What is Suicide?

CDC Video - What is suicide? Suicide; Verb: 1. Death caused by self-directed violence with an intent to die. 2. Is Preventable.

CDC Video — What is Suicide?

(Video Length 1:38)



  • St. Johns County Statistical Data

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