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Oct 21, 2012

Right now, 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, about 11% of the total population over the age of 20.

Oct 21, 2012

Well, it’s officially the start of flu season, and as if that wasn’t bad enough, this year we’ve got an outbreak of meningitis to contend with as well!  Dr.

Oct 21, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, drawing attention to a disease that will affect 1 in every 8 women at some point in their lives.  Fox 17's Deb Williams and Leigh Wilburn from the Making Strides campaign relive their discoveries of breast cancer, and what they learned from their battle with the disease.  Kim Stanke, volunteer for the American Cancer Society talks about the great services offered by the ACS to make life just a little easier for patients.  And finally, we hear the words of Judy Sisco, a close personal friend of the program, who recently lost her multip

Sep 30, 2012

In case you somehow haven’t noticed, this year is a presidential election year, and Albert Tieche, Administrator of Elections for Nashville/Davidson County wants you to exercise your rights as an American and get out and vote!  Albert talks about how many people vote on average (the numbers are very encouraging), where and when to register to vote, new technology involved in this year’s election, plus how to vote if you’re out of town, change your registration information, and what photo IDs are accepted at voting stations.  For more, visit

Sep 21, 2012

The incoming cool fall weather presents the perfect opportunity to get out and work in the yard, and David Cook, UT Agricultural Extension agent for Davidson County, talks about how to spot physical signs of your plants’ health, what grass to plant and how much to water it, the importance of having your soil’s pH tested, proper pruning technique, the right way to apply fertilizer and mulch, and more.  For more information, call 615-862-5995, or check out Nashville.gov/AES.

Sep 21, 2012

To date, the Make-a-Wish Foundation has granted more than 200,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in the United States.  Beth Torres, President and CEO of Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee, and Doug Renegar, and Mike Lister from Famous Daves talk about their partnership of over a decade, share emotional stories of how the children of Make-a-Wish have touched their lives, and give all the details of the Birdies, Bogeys, and Bones Golf Tournament, September 26th at Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club, to benefit the Make-a-Wish program.  To learn more, volunteer, or

Sep 7, 2012

September is Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizing one of the most rapidly expanding communities both here in Nashville and nationwide.  Conexión Américas specializes in outreach to the Nashville Latino community, offering tax assistance, homeownership and entrepreneurship resources, legal aid, and help learning English.  Renata Soto, Executive Director and Co-founder, also discusses their new Casa Azafran community center, slated to open in December, which will provide a clinic providing health assistance, children’s counseling, after

Sep 5, 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 community walks to promote more active living, expanding the Greenway system and adding parks, continuing efforts to make the city more bike-able, and how businesses are getting involved with the Workplace Challenge.  To start getting active yourself, visit <a hr

Aug 29, 2012

Mark Basenberg, Community Relations Coordinator for the Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center talks about the importance of getting involved with your local animal shelter, through volunteering time, or offering to foster an animal until a permanent home can be found.  He also describes how Williamson County is making great strides in reducing the number of animals that have to be put down.  Jim Sherrill with No-Kill Williamson County joins as well, to speak on how shelters can adopt a “no-kill” model, and promote pet adoption.  To browse pets available for ado

Aug 20, 2012

With school starting back up, students have much more to worry about nowadays than just clothes and classes.  Bullying, while not a new problem, has seen a dramatic rise in the past several years, not just in frequency, but severity as well.  Dr.

Aug 20, 2012

For most children, developing strong reading skills is the gateway to accelerated learning, and to the imagination.  Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam joins the program to talk about her work with the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, the importance of reading at an early age, and the impact that strong reading skills have on crime rates, the job market, and more.  She also shares her experience meeting Imagination Library founder Dolly Parton, who also shares a few words.  To get involved, visit GovernorsFoundation.org.

Aug 7, 2012

It’s back to school time!  Olivia Brown, Communications Director for Metro Nashville Public Schools explains the new balanced calendar for this school year, which helps students retain what they learned and minimizes "summer learning loss".  She also talks about what “intercessions“ are, and explains the switch to a new 5 point grading scale.  For more information on what supplies and immunizations students will need, as well as bus routes, school assignments, and more tips, visit MNPS.org.

Aug 7, 2012

With this lovely summer weather, you’re probably getting a little lawn and garden work done, or looking ahead and planning projects for this fall.  Dwight Barnett, Certified Arborist and Area Forrester with the TN Division of Forestry, talks about which type of sunlight and shade is best for your plants, gives tips to help trees grow faster and stronger, suggests which plants are most resilient in the Middle Tennessee area, and cautions against certain plants which can be invasive and harmful.  He also explains the health benefits of getting into the outdoors, and explains how if

Jul 23, 2012

Just like people, dogs and cats can get a little banged up from time to time as well, especially in the summer.  Ali Hemyari, Director of K-9 Special Ops, Tactical Rescue and Nick Wolkonsky, K-9 Handler, both with Nashville K-9, talk about the Pet First Aid course they offer through the Red Cross, which explains everything from how to plan for pet care in the event of a disaster, reading your dog's vital signs and performing CPR on an animal, identifying irregular behavior in your dog that could be signs of a health risk, and of course, preventing or treating heat exhaustion in these h

Jul 23, 2012

If you're considering buying or selling a home, there has literally NEVER been a better time to do it than right now.  Home sales in Nashville are up 25% from this time last year, as buyers take advantage of the lowest interest rates in our lifetimes, and the lowest home affordability rate ever.  Aaron Armstrong, President and CEO of Armstrong Real Estate Group, a team with Keller-Williams, explains what banks are looking for nowadays when you buy a home, how to fix up your house for maximum profit if you're selling, what to look for in a real estate agent, and how to avoid forecl

Jul 2, 2012

Fact: 75% of skin cancer deaths are melanoma related cancers, of which the main contributor is ultraviolet light, a.k.a. the sun.   Thankfully, these type of cancers are also the most preventable.  With most of us already headed out to the beach, or laying poolside, Dr.

Jul 2, 2012

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 the country (the Great Smoky Mountains National Park), the #2 best waterfall in the world (Ruby Falls), prehistoric fossil sites, hiking trails, romantic getaways and more.  For help

Jun 22, 2012

If you're planning a summer vacation, then this is a must-listen!  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 thi

Jun 15, 2012

Camping, grilling, fireworks, tiki torches, seems like during summer there are countless ways to start a fire!  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 concern

Jun 4, 2012

Tens of millions of Americans are expected to hit the road this summer, but before you drive anywhere, you need to make sure that your car is in tip-top shape.  Avery Smith, certified mechanic from Little Brothers Shell in Brentwood, details potential dangers you might encounter on the road, and what preventative maintenance you need to take care of now to avoid those problems later on, such as proper tire care, how often you really need to change your fluids, and the most common causes of the dreaded "check engine" light.

May 30, 2012

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.

May 28, 2012

Dr. John Benitez from the TN Poison Center speaks about common poisonous or toxic plants that you may encounter outdoors this summer.  He also explains which indoor plants could also pose a threat, 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.

May 28, 2012

May is Asthma Awareness Month.  Gail Bost with the American Lung Association on 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 diseases, such as COPD, sleep apnea, and lung cancer, which is the #1 cancer killer in the nation.  For more information and resources to evaluation your own risk factors, visit <a href="http://ww

May 22, 2012

Buzzing, crawling, swarming, smashing up against your windshield, BUGS ARE BACK as the weather gets warmer.  Professor Frank Hale from the University of Tennessee talks about what insects are most common in our area, explains how to treat mosquito and tick bites, dispels some common myths about chiggers and other pests, and even tells you which ones are edible.  You'll also learn pest control tips and tricks to keep those bugs OUT of your house, courtesy of Honor Guard Pest Services.

May 9, 2012

Heart disease currently ranks as the #1 killer of both men AND women, but only 1 in 5 women will recognize the symptoms of heart disease, because they appear in much more subtle ways.  Dr. Allen Goldberg, Executive Director of U.S. Medical Affairs at Merck and Co.