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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. 
 
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Apr 15, 2011
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 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 talks about how ANYONE widowed, even by choice through divorce, can benefit from this organizations outreach. To learn more, email
Apr 1, 2011

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.

Apr 1, 2011

With the recent tragedies unfolding in Japan, Focus talks to Leigh Wieland from the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, to find out a little more about our neighbors to the far East.  She'll tell you what their culture and education is like, how Japanese families in America are adjusting, and how you can lend support and donations to relief efforts in the wake of the tsunami.  To learn more, JASTN.com.

>>LISTEN TO AN EXCERPT HERE

Apr 1, 2011
Baptist Hospital says its mission is to help everyone, not just with physical health, but emotional and mental health as well. This Focus will also fill you in about what role the hospital may have played in the life of a baby you love, and how you're helping save babies at Baptist when you support the March of Dimes. If you work with the Hispanic community, you also need to hear what Baptist is doing there.
Apr 1, 2011

March 17th is the March of Dimes Breakfast for Babies, to benefit reasearch into, and prevention of, premature births, a major problem both in Tennessee, and nationwide.  Ashley Turner, Ambassador Mom to the March of Dimes, will tell you about how the March of Dimes saved her little girl, Ellie, and Nikki McKoy from Vanderbilt Medical Center will talk about a new long-term children's health study which aims to find the root of common ailments and diseases.  To enroll in the study, call 866-346-2684, and you can visit March of Dimes online at

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and right now more than 148,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with colo-rectal cancer each year.  This disease causes almost 50,000 deaths annually, and is the 2nd leading cancer killer in the U.S, but the good news is, it’s preventable more than 90% of the time.  The key is early screening and detection. Dr.
Mar 5, 2011
February Is Heart Health Month, and with heart disease ranking as America’s #1 killer (surprised?), there’s never been a more crucial time to take a look at your cardiovascular health. Dr. James Lancaster, Doctor of Internal Medicine at St.
Mar 5, 2011
In today's uncertain economic environment, it helps to be prepared.  Melissa Hammel, a Certified Financial Planner and Nationally Certified Counselor, joins us to talk about how to lay the groundwork for solid financial planning, and how to identify if you're in trouble. She’ll explain how stocks, bonds, and funds work, and how those, combined with savings, can promise a secure and comfortable retirement.  For more, visit HammelFinancial.com, or for more on stocks and funds, visit
Feb 8, 2011

In today's uncertain economic environment, it helps to be prepared.  Melissa Hammel, a Certified Financial Planner and Nationally Certified Counselor, joins us to talk about how to lay the groundwork for solid financial planning, and how to identify if you're in trouble. She’ll tell you how to take “baby steps” towards savings, and how changing your attitude about money is the first step towards managing it better.

Feb 8, 2011

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, and how to avoid scams, and where to recieve tax preparation assistance if you need it.  To get tax forms, locate an I.R.S. office near you, or get more information on how to file, visit IRS.gov.

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Jan 25, 2011

Weight loss is one of the biggest New Year's resolutions, and the “battle of the bulge” is one that is fought more in the mind than the body. The Area Captain from TOPS, Inc. (stands for “Taking Off Pounds Sensibly”), a support group designed to help anyone, any age, size, or weight loss method, to achieve their fitness goals, will tell you how to gain the willpower and self-confidence to lose weight, and where to find the emotional support from others that guarantees victory.

Jan 20, 2011

What does the new health care legislation mean for YOU? Focus this week features Dr. James Powers, Medical Director of the Senior Care Center at Vanderbilt University and Chief of Geriatrics at the VA Hospital, with what YOU need to know, and do, to have health care coverage under the legislation, which is now under debate once more. Is Social Security really going to end? Dr. Powers gives you an actual timeline.

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Jan 11, 2011

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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Jan 11, 2011
More than 40% of local youth are in danger of being overweight or obese. The Coordinator of Food Services for the Metro-Nashville Public School system details why it’s so important your child takes part in meals at school, and how meals are being made more nutrient dense, weight conscious, and affordable, at only $1.25 per meal. For weekly menus and more information, visit MNPS.org.
 
Jan 3, 2011

You can't solve a problem without knowing the cause; that's what the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole believes.  They're working on programs to get to the root of what triggers criminals to commit crimes, and work on those problems before they lead to destructive choices, creating a safer society and reducing repeat offenders (which in their first year alone saved taxpayers $33 million).  To learn more, visit TN.gov/bopp.

Jan 3, 2011

Tennessee has been ranked in the top 12 in the country for domestic violence since 2000, coming in at number 5 this year, with many of these crimes attributed to repeat offenders.  Our guests from the Board of Probation and Parole will tell you how their new batterers intervention program, "Courage to Change", is aiming to shift the mentality of offenders to reach a day when there are no more victims.  To do you part to end domestic violence, visit EndAbuse.com, or NNEDV.org.