Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, December 29, 2013

KEY WEST

'Aqua yoga' classes start

An outdoor yoga studio is diving into the water.

Yoga on the Beach will offer "aqua yoga" in a heated pool at a local hotel, starting Wednesday, just in time for those New Year's resolutions, owner Nancy Curran said Thursday.

Classes will be taught by certified yoga instructors from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday and Friday at the Pineapple Pool at the Southernmost Hotel, 1319 Duval St.

In its 10th year, Yoga on the Beach offers classes year-round at three locations in Key West.

The aqua yoga classes are great for beginning yoga students as well as people with arthritis or chronic illness, as the buoyancy helps many people move freely again, Curran said.

For information, call 305-296-7352 or visit www.yogaonbeach.com.

KEY WEST

VNA/Hospice gets a veteran home

Thanks in part to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/Hospice), retired veteran and local carpenter, David Kiese, made it home for the holidays.

Kiese looks forward every year to visiting his daughter and grandkids in Tennessee. But earlier this month, Kiese underwent an emergency coronary artery double bypass surgery. After the life-saving surgery, Kiese's only wish was to be released in time to spend the holidays at home.

"If it weren't for the home health care that VNA/Hospice provides, I wouldn't have been able to come home," Kiese said.

VNA/Hospice is a non-profit home health and hospice agency that serves all of the Florida Keys. From the uninsured patient with cancer needing hospice care to the uninsured car accident victim requiring home health care while recovering from severe injuries, VNA/Hospice is there for all who need them.

First State brightens holidays

First State Bank of the Florida Keys employees continued their support of Poinciana Elementary School with a donation of holiday gifts to needy local children.

Each year, bank employees help spread holiday cheer in Key West by adopting children and families in need of assistance.

"Our First State Bank family gives back to our community in so many ways, but it is especially rewarding to be able to help families in need during the holiday season," said Angie Walterson, public relations and communications manager. Whether through adoption of Poinciana Elementary students or toy drives for Wesley House and ABATE, First State Bank wants to help ensure every child in the Keys has a happy holiday."