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One great way to keep the positive vibes flowing in your home is to listen to upbeat music. While the widely panned celebrity attempt at singing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ may not have done much to cheer you up, there are certainly many songs that will. Here are 15 great tunes we suggest playing to help improve your mood while you're in quarantine.

1. "Happy," Pharrell (2013): When bad news comes, talking this and that, this song brings the positivity.

2. "Better Be Good to Me," Tina Turner (1984): If there's a bad Tina Turner song, we've yet to hear it.

3. "Blessed," Elton John (1995): "I promise you that, promise you that, promise you that // You'll be blessed." Thanks, Elton.

4. "Good as Hell," Lizzo (2016): Lizzo knows her worth. Do you?

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While there is still no cure for the Coronavirus there are things we can do to help keep ourselves safe and limit the spread the disease.

Here are some suggestions that have been endorsed by the CDC and World Health Organization:

Wash Your Hands Frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain Social Distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are

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Yesterday health officials announced that the number of Floridians diagnosed with the Coronavirus has soared to more than 9,000, including 737 in Palm Beach County.

The 1,235 new cases are the most in any 24-hour period since the state confirmed its first case a month ago. The 121 new cases in the county are a 20 percent jump in 24 hours. Statewide, the number of confirmed cases grew by 16 percent in one day.

This all means that we in Palm Beach County need to continue to take social distancing seriously and avoid any kind of unnecessary physical interaction until we have successfully “flattened the curve” in our area.

Good News

Officials at the county’s Health Care District, which has been running the testing center at the FITTEAM

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Fort Lauderdale Psychologist Gretchen Heinsen recently shared some insights for mental health and wellness for those struggling in quarantine.

1. Stick to a routine.  Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.

2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have.  Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth.  Take the time to do a bath or a facial.  Put on some bright colors.  It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.

3. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes.  If you are concerned of contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less traveled streets and

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There are many questions circulating about the Coronavirus. Some of them we have already covered in other posts. But it’s still important to learn as much as you can and then use that knowledge to keep you and your family safe.

What happens when you get the Coronavirus?

People with COVID-19 generally develop signs and symptoms, including mild respiratory symptoms and fever, on an average of 5-6 days after infection (mean incubation period 5-6 days, range 1-14 days). Most people infected with COVID-19 virus have mild disease and recover.

What is the risk of my child becoming sick with the Coronavirus?

Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been

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The CDC has released a self-checker for those questioning whether or not they should get tested for the Coronavirus. The best thing any of us can do at this point is self-quarantine and avoid as much physical interaction with others as we possibly can. With that in mind, the online CDC tool is meant to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care.

Click here to try the CDC Coronavirus self-checker.

Coronavirus Symptoms

Among other things, the self-checker will ask you about some of the following symptoms:

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

When to Get Help

If you develop emergency warning signs for

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While many restaurants understandably had to shut their doors, there are still some great options available in Palm Beach County.

As of today, April 2nd, you can support local businesses by ordering takeout or delivery from any of the following Palm Beach County restaurants.

Casa Mia Trattoria

  • Location: 337 Indiantown Rd., Jupiter, 561-972-6888, 561-972-6888

  • Website: casamiajupiter.com

  • Specialty: Italian classics and wood-fired pizza

  • Services: Takeout, curbside pickup, free delivery

  • Hours: Tues-Fri noon-8pm, Sat-Mon 4-8pm

Twisted Trunk Brewing

  • Location: 2000 PGA Blvd. #5506, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-671-BEER

  • Website: twistedtrunkbrewing.com

  • Specialty: Craft beer

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Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order yesterday instructing the entire state of Florida to “take a pause” for 30 days and stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

DeSantis said the statewide stay-at-home order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Residents will still be allowed to go out to get essential supplies, including food and groceries.

More than 30 other states had already issued such orders, including other large states like California, New York and Illinois.

“We’re going to be in this for another 30 days and that’s just the reality that we find ourselves in,” DeSantis said.

What Does this Mean?

In effect, this order means you need to limit your movement outside the home more than you already have. Only essential

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The city of West Palm has more than doubled its contributions to Restaurateur Rodney Mayo’s nonprofit established to feed workers who have been laid off because the Coronavirus.

Mayo is one of the owners of Subculture Group, which is one of the Palm Beaches most successful restaurant organizations owning 17 establishments from Subculture Coffee, to Howley’s, Camelot, and many other popular destinations.

Like many restaurants, the Subculture Group was forced to lay off workers due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. But owner Mayo committed to keeping one location (Howley’s) open to ensure his laid-off employees continued to get fed. They set Howley’s up like a giant kitchen where employees could come and pick up their meals.

Starting with just

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While there are plenty of great workouts you can do from home, most of them are cardio-based or built for high repetition. During this time of quarantine and social distancing, many of those who prefer strength training have the choice to either switch things up for a bit and focus instead on fat burning and improving their cardio, or they can come up with more creative ways to continue their strength training routines. If you choose the latter, here are some strength training workouts you can do straight from home.

Bodyweight Squat

You squat every time you sit or stand, but don’t take this exercise for granted. It works your legs and your glutes, the most powerful muscle group in the body.

Challenge yourself and try doing this exercise for a

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