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Dec 12, 2013

John Baker, a grief counselor with Alive Hospice, explains how to cope with grief during the holiday season and throughout the year, where you can get help, what the varying forms of counseling are, and how to find the right fit for you, as well as dispels some myths about what counseling is like.

For immediate help, call the Grief Hotline at 963-4732.

For more information please visit:

www.AliveHospice.org

Dec 12, 2013

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist with the Vanderbilt Department of Preventative Medicine, gives tips for treating common winter ailments, such as which over the counter medicines actually work and which ones are over-hyped, which home remedies are effective and which are old wives tales, how to avoid both contracting and spreading viral infections, and why such illnesses are more common in winter.

Dec 12, 2013

Avery Smith, ASE certified mechanic at Little Brothers Shell, explains the importance of antifreeze and how often to change it, as well as what maintenance to perform regularly to avoid a breakdown.

Mark Cox, director of the Bridgestone Winter Driving School, explains which tires are best for winter driving, how you can tell if you're about to hydroplane, and how to execute driving maneuvers that might help you avoid a crash.

Also, Gale Kimbrough, Interstate Batteries Technical Service Manager, explains the effect of cold weather on batteries.

Dec 12, 2013

Franklin Fire Marshall Andy King explains how to decorate for the holidays safely to avoid fires, as well as how to develop an emergency plan for your family in the event of an accident, how to get free fire alarms, and the best placement for them. Additional safety tips and information at:

www.NFPA.org

Nov 13, 2013

This week for Focus, Anna Marie sits down with a few different representatives from the Salvation Army, and discusses what we need to know about the cause as the holiday season approaches. 

First, Lieutenant Colonel Charles White of the Salvation Army joins Anna to discuss the charity's mission, its start, purpose, and the reward of the hard work, among other things.

Nov 7, 2013

This Sunday Anna Marie is sitting down to speak with Ron Leonard of the Wounded Warrior Project of Nashville. Ron will discuss the 'Train a Dog Save a Warrior' program, and its benefits to returning veterans. These service dogs are given for free to returning veterans that are suffering from PTSD and other similar struggles, and these service dogs are providing comfort as well as new opportunities for our returned soldiers.

If you would like more information on this subject, please visit both of the following sites:

Nov 7, 2013

Program director of the Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee, Becky Taylor speaks with Anna Marie on the main two types of pollutants that Middle Tennesseans are dealing with. Becky also discusses the different types of symptoms and dangers of these pollutants, and what steps Nashville's citizens can do to improve the air around them.

If you would like more information on this topic, visit: http://www.itscleartome.org/main/

Oct 18, 2013

Ted Bleymaier and Bill Soto from the Tennessee Chapter of the ALS Association join Anna Marie on Focus to discuss their battle with the crippling disease, as well as their hopes to raise awareness on the disease. Ted and Bill both shed light on their diagnoses, the everyday battles they face, how they hope to inspire others, and their hopes for the future. They both plan to participate in The ALS's Walk to Defeat ALS.

Oct 16, 2013

Tifinie Capehart with NashvilleNext discusses Nashville's future and the challenges the city faces as it continues to grow. Nashville is one of the most rapidly growing cities in the country, and in this FOCUS Tifinie discusses the age gaps in Nashville's population, growing business plans, planning for growth equity, and many other challenging issues as well as opportunities that YOUR growing city is planning for.

Jul 14, 2013

Mike Ward with Total HVAC talks about how to properly maintain your air conditioning unit to avoid a breakdown, what to look for when purchasing a unit or selecting a repair service, how to adjust your thermostat to save the most money AND the most energy, and why it's so important to use high quality air filters and to change them often.  For additional questions, contact Mike and his staff at 615-577-1777, and visit Total-HVAC.com.

Jul 14, 2013

Kim Lawson, Deputy Chief with the Nashville Fire Department shares tips on safety when grilling, the dangers of fireworks, advice for proper smoke alarm placement, and how to get one for free.  She also shares the warning signs of heat exhaustion, and gives advice on how to stay cool and hydrated, as well as which types of fires you can take care of yourself and which ones you'll want to call 911 for immediately.  For emergencies, call 911, for non-emergency concerns, call 862-8600.  

Jul 14, 2013

June is Men's Health Month.  Men's health is an often ignored and downplayed topic in today's society, where men are often taught to suck it up and not complain about medical and mental issues they may be facing.  Dr.

Jul 14, 2013

Avery Smith from Little Brothers Shell in Brentwood explains how to tune up your car for summer travel, including proper tire care and maintenance schedule, and Mike Prusinski, a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, talks about the biggest scams being pulled on travelers these days, and how to avoid having your credit card information stolen while on vacation.  Valerie Bass from the TN Beef Industry Council also talks about tips for selecting, preparing, and storing the best meats for your grill this year, and shares tips on making the perfect burger.  

Jul 14, 2013

Sgt Adam Widner explains how the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and the transition to civilian life, is not only helping veterans get back on their feed financially and physically, but how allowing service men and women to connect with others who have been through the same experience can heal the mental and emotional wounds as well.  Adam shares his own personal story, as well as discusses the impact that battle, life in a third world country, separation from your comrades, and other

Jun 6, 2013
With today's economy, now more than ever people are opting for "stay-cations", and it just so happens that Tennessee is the perfect place for one.  Susan Whitaker, Commissioner of the TN Department of Tourist Development, talks about all the great attractions we have right here in our own back yard, from music festivals, to the historic TN Trails & Byways system, to the #1 visited park in
Jun 6, 2013

Dr John Benitez from the TN Poison Center speaks about common poisonous or toxic plants that you may encounter outdoors this summer, how to properly treat poison ivy and other contact poisons, and safe procedures for eating wild, potentially harmful plants such as polk salad.  To learn more, visit TNPoisonCenter.org, and if you find yourself in a poison related emergency, call the Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.  Professor Frank H

Jun 6, 2013
May is Asthma Awareness Month.  Gail Bost with the American Lung Association of Tennessee talks about how asthma is more common now than ever, having increased over 200% in the last 20 years, explains what happens to the body when you have an asthma attack, dispels the myth that asthma is only common in children, and explains some risk factors.  She also addresses other lung related dise
Jun 6, 2013
School’s out, the weather is heating up, and kids are out at play, which means more cuts, scrapes, and breaks are just a moment away.  Dr.
Jun 6, 2013

1 in 4 Americans have been diagnosed with some sort of mental illness.  Robin Nobling, the Executive Director at NAMI of Davidson County, the local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says that mental illness knows no boundaries of age, gender, income, or race, and that everyone has their own mental troubles; the point where it crosses over to illness is all about how you cope with it.  Robin says what makes mental illness so hard to deal with is that the patient’s mind is giving them the signal that what they’re experiencing is normal; it’s only the friends and lov

Jun 6, 2013

Recent studies show that there has been a 20% decline in deaths from cancer since 1991, but that’s just the beginning.  As the American Cancer Society’s new slogan reads, we need to “finish the fight”.  Greg Broy, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at the American Cancer Society, discusses risk factors that can contribute to any form of cancer like age, diet, smoking, and genetics, dispels some myths surrounding cancer and things like cell phones, underwire bras, etc., and reveals the 24 hour cancer support hotline for people who have been recently diagnosed, as we

May 7, 2013

With Earth Day coming up on Monday, you might be wondering what you can do in your own back yard to help out the environment.  Thomas Solinsky, founder and Executive Director of Sound Forest, a non-profit offering sustainability consulting and ecosystem enhancement programs, explains how they planting more trees in the right areas can lower your energy bill, contribute to cleaner water supplies, and even reduce stress and some medical conditions.  He also explains how Sound Forest will tell you exactly what trees are best for your needs, and will even plant then FOR you, free of c

May 7, 2013

April is Organ Donor Awareness Month.  Kim Kennedy from Donate Life TN says that Tennessee has a waiting list of over 2,100 people in need of organs or tissue, donations which statistically only about 1 in 10 of them will get. There is no cost to be a donor, and nearly everyone, regardless of age or certain health conditions, is eligible to donate.

Apr 12, 2013

April is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, one of the most detectable and treatable cancers of all, and one that is impacting more and more people every year.

Apr 12, 2013

March is National Nutrition Month, and Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr.

Mar 27, 2013

March is National Nutrition Month, and according to recent statistics, a lot of us are struggling.  66% of the population is considered overweight or obese, and Tennessee currently ranks 39th of 50 in national health rankings.  Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner says if you're having a hard time getting healthy, you are not alone; anyone can get healthy with the proper attitude.  Dr.