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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.

>>LISTEN TO AN EXCERPT HERE

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.

>>LISTEN TO AN EXCERPT HERE

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.