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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

Jul 7, 2011

For many Nashville residents, healthy groceries are hard to come by.  These people live in what is known as a "food desert", a low income area where transportation is not easily accessible, and there is not a grocery store within a mile.  Miriam Leibowitz, Program Coordinator for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, talks about how that program is combating this problem by stocking local convenience stores with fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as staples such as milk, eggs, and bread, using federal grant money to simulate both nutritious eating and commerce in p

Jun 29, 2011

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.  If you're wanting to stay a bit closer to home, Susan Whitaker, Commissioner of the Tn Tourism Department, details Tennessee's b

Jun 29, 2011

Tens of millions of Americans are expected to hit the road over the 4th of July this year, visiting family and taking part in Independence Day festivities.  And 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 dre

Jun 29, 2011

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.

Jun 29, 2011

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 of course, offers some insights into this year's brood of cicadas.  Fun fact:  you can totally eat them!

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May 25, 2011

This Memorial Day, as we take time to thank the men and women of the armed forces who protect us at home and abroad, we also need to consider how we might be able to give back as well.  For many veterans, coming home is often the hard part, after experiencing the hardships and life-altering events of war.  They may have difficulties paying bills, readjusting to civilian life, or learning to live with an injury or disability.  These are exactly the problems that Operation Homefront seeks to resolve for those who se

May 22, 2011

Dr. Deborah Sherman discusses the damage that typical summertime activities can do to skin, what's really needed for basic skin care, and explains some of the newest services to improve the appearance of sun or weather-damaged skin, including both preventative and corrective measures.  To learn more, visit ShermanAestheticCenter.com.

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May 22, 2011

Did you know that Middle Tennessee is in what's called "Killer Tornado Alley"?!  With this year's record-breaking storm season, it's no surprise.  Larry Vannozzi, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service will tell you about when tornadoes are most likely to strike, how to prepare your home, what to do if you're caught out in one, as well as how to get weather alerts, and the differences between a watch and a warning.  This show could literally save your life!  For more, visit Weather.gov.

May 22, 2011

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  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.  Dr.

May 22, 2011

Continuing last week's program on services for the blind, Scott MacIntyre, 2009 American Idol finalist and recording artist talks about the unique challenges he faces as a visually impaired performer and how he's overcome them, plus shares stories and performances from his amazing run on American Idol, his debut album, and first solo tour.  For more on Scott McIntyre, visit ScottMacIntyre.com.

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May 22, 2011

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.  For more information, visit TN Services for the Blind and Visually

Apr 15, 2011
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.