FORT WALTON BEACH — The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County is celebrating its 125th anniversary.


FORT WALTON BEACH — The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County is celebrating its 125th anniversary.



The department's Okaloosa branch was formed in 1941, but the State Board of Health — now the Florida Department of Health — was formed Feb. 20, 1889 to control epidemics sweeping the state.



The local branch will celebrate the anniversary throughout 2014. DOH will release a list of Public Health Heroes from all 67 counties, and the celebration will continue April 7-11, during National Public Health Week.



In September, the department will unveil a full historical exhibit of Florida Public Health heritage at Florida’s Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee.



DOH invites Florida’s residents and visitors to help recognize 125 years of protecting, promoting and improving the health of all Floridians through integrated state, county and community efforts.



More information is available at www.FLHealth125.gov.