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Jan 3, 2012

One of the top New Year’s resolutions is to quit smoking. 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. To learn more, visit LungTN.org, and for help quitting smoking, visit FFSOnline.org.

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Dec 17, 2011

Especially at this season, what could be a greater gift for a child than to literally give them a home for the holidays?  That's exactly what Youth Villages is striving to do, providing foster care, transitional housing, and often adoptive home to kids in need.  You'll hear from Wendy Lunsford, head trainer and foster parent recruiter, about how children often arrive in these circumstances, why teenaged children are often overlooked, and how lending a hand now can produce even greater returns later in life.  Abby Bartron, a Mt.

Dec 7, 2011

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, and CLICK HERE.

Dec 1, 2011

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.

Nov 21, 2011

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 18, 2011

November is Prematurity Awareness Month.  Ashley Turner, Ambassador Mom to the March of Dimes, 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 9, 2011

November is National Adoption Month, and who better to share what the experience of adoption is like firsthand than Mix 92.9's own Clint Redwine and his wife CJ, who recently adopted a lovely little girl, Johanna, from China.  The two talk about the unexpected criticism and insensitivity they faced as a result of their decision, as well as how the process changed their entire perspective on their home and material possessions.  CJ also recounts their journey, from the first trip to the Chinese orphanage, to Johanna’s first Christmas at home, and why the couple has decided to do it

Nov 3, 2011

November is National Adoption Month.  Author Jennifer Lauck shares her own story of adoption, and how it served as the inspiration for her New York Times bestseller, "Blackbird".

Oct 28, 2011

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.

Oct 17, 2011

This week is Red Ribbon Week, an annual push for more parents to be aware of the drug risks their kids may face.  DeWayne Holman from the Nashville Prevention Partnership lists warning signs that your child may be abusing drugs or alcohol, explains why prescription medications are the new substance abuse threat, and gives tips on how to limit the accessibility of harmful substances.  Vaughn Ownbey from the Partnership for a Drug Free America then lists the biggest drug threats to Tennessee, including meth and alcohol, and how parents and the media can take an active role in stoppi

Oct 11, 2011

Dr Bill Schaffner of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School tells why getting a flu vaccination is vital, from how deadly it can be to children to why it's important to prevent the disease from spreading to those around you, explains which forms of the vaccine are now available, such as the traditional vaccination and now the nasal spray, and which one suits which patients depending on age and health.  He also addresses other common ailments such as whooping cough, the "super bug" we sometimes hear about, and those pesky bedbugs.  Murfreesboro pediatric

Oct 5, 2011

Anyone who lives in Middle Tennessee knows we can get some pretty crazy weather.  WKRN, News 2's resident weather expert, meteorologist Allison Chinchar talks about how to prepare your own "weather kit", just like you would for any other emergency.  She tells what to do if you're caught in your car during a flood or a tornado, explains why only 6 inches of water is enough to drown in and also move a vehicle, advises you to fill your bathtub with water if you anticipate a lengthy power outage, and talks about what types of buildings, and also which rooms in your house, are safest d

Sep 27, 2011

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It is estimated that 1 in ever 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, but Dr. Mark Kelley, Associate Professor of Surgery and Surgical Oncologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center says that those odds are getting better.  Dr.

Sep 20, 2011

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  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.  Dr.

Sep 14, 2011

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, and Mac Purdy, Director of the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency, says not to try and prepare for every individual disaster, but rather engage in "all hazards emergency management".  He explains why it's important to have emergency kits prepared for at work, at home, and in the car, and details what exactly needs to be in those kits, such as food, important documents, and first aid supplies.  He also talks about the value of emergency meeting locations for the family, as well as out-of-state points of contact, and how

Sep 13, 2011

In this week's program, Anna Marie has highlights from Kim Leslie's interview with Margaret Mauro, a New York native who lost her twin sister in the attacks on the World Trade Center, Anna talks with Jon Allen with the Transportation Safety Administration, who shares how travel safety has changed over the past 10 years, and local firefighter Mike Armistead explains this year's <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20110907/WILLIAMSON10/309070016/Climb-honors-fallen-heroes?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CWilliamson%20Co

Sep 13, 2011

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 promoting local parks, as well as what he's doing to make school lunches healthier, and how you can get involved by joining the citywide 5k walk/run on Sunday, November 13th.  You'll

Aug 23, 2011

Olivia Brown with Metro Public Schools tells how to help Nashville public schools succeed and allow our youth to lead healthier lives.

Aug 19, 2011

With school about to start 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 19, 2011

Volunteering and community outreach is a huge part of what makes Nashville such a great city.  Hands on Nashville is Middle Tennessee's volunteer resource center, connecting individuals who want to serve with organizations, programs, and individuals in need, starting at an early age to build a strong foundation on the importance of giving back.  Executive Director Brian Williams and Youth Volunteer program lead Colleen Callaghan share stories of Hand’s on Nashville’s involvement in flood relief, plus talk about their Fit 2 Serve program to fight childhood obesity through volunteer

Aug 19, 2011

The Metro Action Commission provides various support services to citizens with low incomes in Davidson County, including financial assistance with utilities, mortgages, rent, and prescription payments, donations of fans and air conditioning units in the hot summer months, and now, an adult education program which helps those wanting to go back to school earn their GEDs and get into college.  Lisa McCrady and Marvin Cox from the MAC will tell you if you might qualify for the various energy assistance programs and summer food service program, and explain how you can volunteer and donate

Aug 3, 2011

Recent reports by the American Lung Association show that air quality across the country has improved, but about half the country still lives under poor air quality, including 5 counties right here in mid-state Tennessee.  In fact the Lung Association motto is "If you can't breath, nothing else matters".  Alan Jones and Joan Barnfield from the TN Department of Transportation's Clear the Air TN campaign talk about the physical effects bad air quality has on the body, what the biggest sources of airborne pollutants are, and how you can help make a difference by following simple step

Aug 3, 2011

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.

Aug 3, 2011

We all know the statistics on homelessness, but what very few, probably none of us know, is what it's actually like to BE homeless.  Steve Samra shares his tale of homelessness, brought on by drug addiction, and how he fought his illness and made his way off of the streets, and now advocates for others not so fortunate.  You'll also hear from homeless blogger Kevin Barbieux, who's words and own life story he hopes inspire and inform others.  Both men dispel common myths about the homeless, such as that they are all just lazy or alcoholics, and recommend the best ways to contr

Jul 7, 2011

On any given night, there are as many as 4,000 homeless individuals on the streets of Nashville, struggling to survive day to day, and costing the city millions of dollars each year.  Clifton Harris, Executive Director of the Key Alliance, talks about how the organization, a nonprofit devoted to ending homelessness in Nashville, can save the city money through developing the homeless into productive, working citizens, what some of the most common causes of homelessness are, such as mental illness, children leaving foster care, and newly released prisoners, and what the most beneficial