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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.

Mar 27, 2013

In today's uncertain economic environment, it helps to be prepared.  Melissa Hammel, a Certified Financial Planner and Nationally Certified Counselor, joins us to talk about how to lay the groundwork for solid financial planning, and how to identify if you're in trouble.

Mar 8, 2013

In the state of Tennessee, about 30 babies are born prematurely every single day, and there will only be an explanation as to why for about half of them.  That's why March of Dimes, with their research funding, education outreach, and volunteer efforts are so important.  Tamara Currin, Program Services Director for March of Dimes, explains the biggest risk factors and warning signs of a premature birth, as well as a risky new trend of professionally induced early labor.  Amy and Bob Pate, this year's March of Dimes Ambassador Family, also share the story of their son, Hawkins

Mar 8, 2013

Over 71% of baby boomers still have a living parent in need of care, while taking care of themselves and often children as well.  This is called the "Sandwich Generation".  Van Cluck, CEO of the Blakeford senior living community discusses how to identify when an aging loved one is going through a lifestyle change, what senior living care options are out there and how to approach the topic, and what you should do to plan now for yourself. For more, visit FiftyForward.org or Blakeford.com.

Mar 8, 2013

What if there was a one-stop-shop for all the services you needed from the from the city?  Well, there is!  Gwen Hopkins and Don Reid from Metro Nashville Public Works explain how from trash collection, recycling, street sign and traffic light maintenance, mowing grass and trimming trees along roadways, roadside litter cleanup, pothole repair; Metro Nashville Public Works is responsible for all of it.  If you have a question, request, or complaint, simply call Public Works at 311, or find them online at Nashville.gov/Public

Feb 18, 2013

Every year, heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined, about 1 in every 3.  That’s because women display the symptoms differently, and often, in much more subtle ways.   Patty Clements from the American Heart Association explains how to lower your risk through heart disease through diet and exercise, the huge role that reading your food labels plays, and how Go Red for Women, celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year, is making a difference.  Lori Anne Parker-Danley shares her personal account of how she suffered 2 massive heart attacks at a

Feb 18, 2013

You might be shocked to know that 1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of arthritis, of which there are over a hundred, which costs the economy $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

Jan 31, 2013

Does the crazy weather we've experienced lately have you feeling a little nervous?

Jan 27, 2013

As the old saying goes, "you are what you eat", so wouldn't you rather be something healthy?  Nan Allison, Registered Dietician, joins the program to give us simple tips and tricks that we can use everyday to avoid overeating, stay satisfied, and do it all in cheap and cost effective ways.  She also dispels common myths about diet pills and serving sizes, and explains the importance of meal planning.

Jan 27, 2013

Assistance League of Nashville is a nonprofit volunteer organization that puts caring and commitment into action through community based philanthropic programs.  Four of the Assistance League's former and current leaders explain their two biggest programs, Operation School Bell, which provides clothing to children of low income families, and Hand in Hand, which provides food and clothing to children who are victims of abuse, as well as share testimonials from the families these programs are doing so much for.  And don't miss their upcoming wine tasti

Jan 27, 2013

If you're like a lot of people in Nashville, perhaps you came to Music City to make it big as a singer.  Or maybe you've just always wondered what it takes to make it as a professional in the music industry.  Jaime Babbitt, a professional jingle singer, touring musician, vocal coach, and author, shares tips on what skills are most important to finding your big break, how to stay motivated, and warns about which pitfalls to look out for with stories from personal experience.  For more on Jaime, visit <a href="http://www.WorkingWithYourVoic

Jan 3, 2013

No matter what life changes you are resolving to take on in 2013, it is proper to have the right motivation, commitment, and belief in order to achieve anything. To conquer any obstacle, you must be able to look into yourself and see the potential that lies there for major positive growth. Dr.

Dec 31, 2012

Winter can be hard on automobiles.  Frigid temperatures and icy roads can be a danger not only to your engine, but your personal safety as well.  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. 

Dec 31, 2012

About 29% of employees will call in sick at some point this winter, and if you're one of them, you're probably trying anything you can to get better, and fast!  Dr.

Dec 14, 2012

The holidays can be a very stressful time, but that doesn't mean they have to get you down.  Clinical psychologist Katheryn Sherrod, PH.D. talks about how to quit being such a taskmaster with cooking and cleaning and ask for help when you need it, how to let go of self-image issues around the holidays, how to 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.  You can contact Dr.

Dec 6, 2012

Every year you see the Salvation Army on every corner, ringing bells and collecting change.  But their Red Kettle program is only one of many that are offered not only around the holidays, but year round.  Col.

Nov 30, 2012

The holidays can be a wonderful, fun-filled time, filled with family and friends.  But the hectic nature of the season can also take its toll.  That's where Alive Hospice comes in.  If you feel like this year has worn you thin and stressed you out, then you might be interested in counseling.  But don't worry!  Counseling isn't how most people think it is. Hear about grief during the holidays, dealing with it not only through the holiday season but throughout the year, where you can get help, what kind of help to get, and how to find the right counselor for you.

Nov 30, 2012

Hearths all aglow, candles burning, round-the-clock cooking, stringing up lights left and right; around the holidays, there's more ways than you might realize to set things on fire!  Franklin Fire Marshall Andy King will teach you all about how to decorate safely to avoid fires, as well as how to develop an emergency plan for your family in the event of an accident.  And for more great safety tips and information, visit NFPA.org<span style="f

Nov 12, 2012

November is Prematurity Awareness Month.  March of Dimes advocate Ashley Turner shares the story of how the March of Dimes saved her little girl, Ellie, born 13 weeks early, and Tamara Currin from March of Dimes also gives us an update on how Tennessee is stacking up against nationwide numbers for premature births, and how new research is linking obesity and inactive lifestyles to early labor.  You can find March of Dimes online at MarchofDimes.com/Tennessee.

Nov 12, 2012

Tennessee currently has the 2nd highest obesity rate of any state overall, 4th for childhood obesity, and Nashville specifically has an obesity rate of 30%.  Mayor Karl Dean is sick and tired of those numbers, and he's taking action to get the city up and moving.  The mayor discusses his health initiatives, including Nashville's recent certification as a bike friendly city, unveils a free new mobile phone application that helps locate recreation according to your location, talks about the upcoming Mayor’s 5k and newly renewed Walk 100 challenge, and stresses the importance of nutr

Nov 5, 2012

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, bringing to the forefront the disease many refer to as "the long goodbye".  Tiffany Cloud-Mann from the Alzheimer’s Association’s Mid South chapter lists the warning signs of Alzheimer's, names some possible contributors to the disease, and explains the best ways to interact with those who have it.  Also, Donna Kumar and Rosemary Ramsay from the Council on Aging explain how they consolidate resources for caregivers as well as programs to assist seniors with everyday needs.  The Council on Aging is available at <a href=

Nov 5, 2012

Lu Sipos, founder of Gabe's Chemo Duck, a Nashville-based nonprofit which works to give children stricken with cancer the smoothest possible treatment experience by educating them and their families about the process, shares the personal story of her son, Gabe, who inspired the program, and talks about the importance of patient education, and what friends and family of patients can do to make a loved one's battle as worry-free as possible.  She also discusses a new partnership with musical education group Flocabulary, to provide further learning materials for children battling cancer.&