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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.

May 9, 2012

As the weather gets warmer, you might want to start sprucing up the yard, or get a garden going.  If that's your plan, forester Dwight Barnett from the TN Department of Agriculture will tell you what types of invasive plants you need to identify and how to kill them, how to test your soil and what you can add to it to promote growth, how to properly prune trees and bushes, and what plants you can buy that benefit wildlife and the surrounding environment.  For questions, you can call Dwight at 615-837-5552.

Apr 23, 2012

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 TheHPVTest.com.

Apr 23, 2012

30% of Nashville children are in contact with drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications, and there are many clear warning signs you can pick up on as a parent.  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, talks about what life landmarks present the greatest risks for drug use, and gives tips on how to limit the accessibility of harmful substances.  For more resources, visit DrugFree.org o

Apr 23, 2012

Whether you’re trying to strengthen your resume for the job market, or just have a zest for learning, the Nashville Community Education Commission offers free or low-priced classes on a wide range of subjects from foreign language, computer orientation, to home repair, and more.  Executive Director Lovette Curry says that they are always accepting suggestions for new classes, and you can even apply to teach one yourself!  Helena Farrow, Executive Director of OIC Nashville also shares their services such as GED classes, job training and placement, and transportation assistance.&nbs

Apr 2, 2012

With all the gloom and doom out there right now regarding the economy, here’s some good news you might not have heard; Tennessee’s economy is actually recovering at a faster rate than the national average, and state unemployment is well under the national rate as well.  In fact, Jeff Hentschel and Melinda Williams from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development say that there are more jobs available now than there have been in years.  Jeff and Melinda explain how the department and their many career centers can prepare you to take advantage of these new jobs, with

Apr 2, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month, and Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr.

Apr 2, 2012

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.  New 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 13, 2012

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.  Angela Crane-Jones, this year's Ambassador Mom for the March of Dimes, also shares the story of her pregna

Mar 12, 2012

According to recent statistics, there are 4 widows for every 1 widower in the area, with an average monthly income of $451 or less.  Most are hardly making enough to get by, and what's worse is they have no one to turn to.  Beyond the Gates Ministries and their Widow's Might Support Group specializes in care for the widowed, providing meals, support, and a shoulder to cry on for those of any age who have lost a loved one.  Chaplin Nancy Smotherman and other support group members share personal stories, and talk about how ANYONE widowed, even by choice through divorce, can ben

Feb 22, 2012

This week is Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week, 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 h

Feb 15, 2012

Tennessee is now officially #1 in the nation for meth labs, as methamphetamine has been identified as the largest drug threat by most law enforcement professionals in the country.  Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Meth Task Force explains how the manufacturing of meth impacts everyone, from the environmental hazards it imposes, to the chemical byproducts, the threat to children, and the laws put in place to curb access to vital ingredients.  He describes how the drug effects the human body, how you can spot a possible meth lab location, and what's being done to put a stop t

Feb 15, 2012

It's tax season again!  Dan Boone from the I.R.S. joins the program to tell you about what this year's changes are to the tax laws, when the deadline to file is, what deductions and credits you won't want to miss, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, how to spot scams such as email ID theft traps, and where to receive free tax preparation assistance.  He also introduces the new Fresh Start program, just introduced this year to assist people and small businesses paying their taxes in the bad economy.  To get tax forms, locate an I.R.S.

Feb 15, 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. 

Jan 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.

Jan 30, 2012

January is National Braille Literacy Month.  Can you imagine what your life would be like without being able to see the world around you?  For many in the Nashville area, that world is a reality.  Terry Smith, Director of TN Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired discusses major contributing factors to blindness (yes, not everyone is simply born blind), what resources and technology is available to assist the visually impaired, and shares his own story of how he lost his own vision.

Jan 30, 2012

No matter what life changes you are resolving to take on in 2012, 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. Mitch Johnson at the Nashville Center for Spiritual Living helps you learn how to become aware of your own needs and capacity to change and grow, through self-examination, evaluation of personal relationships, spiritual guidance, and goal setting.

Jan 5, 2012

January is National Blood Donor Month, and this week we take a look at donations of all varieties, with Kim Kennedy and Holly Isom from Donate Life TN. 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. Better yet, signing up takes less than 60 seconds.

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.