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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.&

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.