This week we explore the beautiful ways Floridians are preserving the historic structures in our area. We'll go inside an 18th century Italian theatre, that has called Sarasota "home" for over 50 years. And we'll head to Polk county for a trip down memory lane, where Elvis Presley and Judy Garland were known to stop by. Then Larry Elliston takes us back to St. Petersburg's "yesteryear" to show us how what's old is new again. Also: Occasionally, we hear about a building under dispute because it has historic value to some people but another group of people wants to tear it down. The Belleview Biltmore and Sarasota's Riverview High School are two recent examples - one was saved, the other will soon be gone. But the question remains: why does historic preservation matter?
Will Michaels and St. Petersburg Preservation
When it comes to St. Petersburg, Will Michaels knows his history. Will is one in a growing number of St. Petersburg residents who continually fight for the preservation of their city's historic landmarks. Michaels is the former head of the city's Museum of History and now president of St. Petersburg Preservation and he's seen buildings such as the Soreno Hotel in St. Pete fall victim to the wrecking ball. At the same time he's helped landmarks like the Detroit Hotel find new life through preservation. Producer Larry Elliston brings Will Michaels front-and-center in this episode of Florida Stories.
Meet Dr. Eric Coris, a physician with USF Family Sports and Medicine, who shares a list of 47 health conditions that he says can be reduced, if not eliminated, by a modest amount of exercise. Viewers may be surprised to see even mental health conditions on the list. Carson Cooper demonstrates alternative forms of exercise that might tickle your funny bone as well as teach you how to strengthen your bones. Irene invites us into her kitchen for tips on better nutrition and how to make a heart-healthy meal. As the saying goes: It's not just what you do, it's also what you EAT. Then back to the studio for a demonstration from dietician Christine Miller on healthy choices for people who eat "on-the-go." And Larry Elliston introduces us to Dr. Bob, an 85-year-old retired physican who volunteers at a local health clinic and puts his own advice for exercise to practice. Also: Once you're admitted to the hospital, you're already sick. But while some patients are trying to heal, they get an infection and get worse instead. The Centers for Disease Control reports that 1.7 million people develop these healthcare-associated infections; about 99,000 people die from them. Learn how Florida hospitals are fighting to stop people from getting sicker once they are admitted.
Dr. Bob Stubbins
Bob Stubbins found that the secret to his good health and positive outlook was a commitment to a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. He realized at age 50 that if he wanted to keep moving at the steady pace that marked his career as a doctor in a rural Canadian province, he'd have to get moving - literally. Now at 85, he's bicycling regularly, volunteering his time at a free medical clinic in Clearwater and spreading the word about how he's managed to 'live the good life.' Producer Larry Elliston introduces us to Dr. Stubbins in this episode of Florida Stories.