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Apr 24, 2014

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.  She also addresses the social stigma around the illness, its ties with addiction and prisons, NAMI’s classes and support groups, and how recovery IS possible.  

Apr 17, 2014

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. Current statistics show that here in Tennessee, less than half of all woman get tested for cervical cancer, yet more than 20 million woman in the United States are infected with HPV, the virus that triggers cervical cancer, every year, often with little or no symptoms. That's why no matter your age or your background, it's important to get screened! To find out more, log onto

Apr 10, 2014

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, and if you find yourself in a poison related emergency, call the Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Apr 1, 2014

March is National Nutrition Month. New Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner gives some tips on how to change your diet and routine in simple ways, explains the new health officials are looking at the main food groups, and discusses how your body is already set up perfectly for proper diet and nutrition, you just have to recognize what your body is telling you, and put in a little bit of effort to help it along. For additional nutrition information and meal planning assistance, visit, or

Mar 25, 2014

For March, Colo-Rectal Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Alan Herline joins us from the Vanderbilt Cancer Center says colon cancer is the most preventable and curable form of cancer, if it’s caught early. He recommends one get their first colonoscopy at age 50, and then says if there are no problems, most people can wait 5 years before they need another. He says if someone in your family had colon cancer, your first colonoscopy should be ten years before your family member’s was when they were diagnosed.

Mar 25, 2014

For March, Colo-Rectal Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Alan Herline joins us from the Vanderbilt Cancer Center says colon cancer is the most preventable and curable form of cancer, if it’s caught early. He recommends one get their first colonoscopy at age 50, and then says if there are no problems, most people can wait 5 years before they need another. He says if someone in your family had colon cancer, your first colonoscopy should be ten years before your family member’s was when they were diagnosed.

Mar 18, 2014

This week Anna speaks with a few guests who have first-hand experience with premature births. They will talk about the health dangers that they dealt with, such as their children having underdeveloped lungs, or even weighing under three pounds after being born.

Feb 24, 2014

Patty Clements and Lori Anne-Parker Danley join Anna Marie this week to discuss Go Red, and how they are trying to raise awareness for women's heart disease. They want to raise awareness because 1 in 3 women die every year from heart disease, which is more than all forms of cancer combined. They'll share their personal stories and connections, and what women can do to help prevent heart disease, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, and exercising 30 minutes a day. For more information, please visit:

Jan 28, 2014

Mac Purdy, Director of the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency, joins Anna Marie this week to discuss emergency preparedness. He discusses what the term "emergency preparedness" means, what types of emergencies Middle Tennesseans can face, and what measures Middle Tennesseans should take to prepare for such emergencies ahead of time.

Jan 20, 2014

Margaret Smith of the American Lung Association of Tennessee addresses how smoking puts not only yourself, but other at risk, helpful tips to kick the habit, and what state and national governments are doing to help. More at, and for  by Fast Free Converter">help quitting smoking, visit

Jan 14, 2014

1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of arthritis, of which there are over a hundred, which costs $128 billion a year in lost productivity and hospitalizations, and is the #1 cause of disability in America.  Dorothy Scobey, Development and Services Director for the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, talks about the warning signs of the two most common forms of arthritis, shares what factors, including genetics, can lead to it, and also explains how increasing more children are finding themselves afflicted.  Anna also shares excerpts from All Flared Up: An Ar

Jan 14, 2014

Clinical psychologist Katheryn Sherrod, PH.D. discusses “self-caring” at the holidays, from how to quit being such a taskmaster with cooking and cleaning and ask for help when you need it, to how to let go of self-image issues, deal with continuing grief from losing a loved one this time of year, and how in terms of focusing attention and emotional support on others, giving can be better than receiving. Contact Dr. Sherrod at 615-298-2329 or 

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.

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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:

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.

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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

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.