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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.

Dec 15, 2010

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.  Ronnie Raymer from the Salvation Army's Nashville Area Command talks about how you can get involved and help give back this holiday season.  To learn more, visit online at SalArmy-Nashville.org, or to volunteer, call 615-242-0411.

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Dec 15, 2010

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 yourself on fire!  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.

Nov 17, 2010

Veterans have risked their lives to fight for us, now we must fight for them. The experience of war leaves serious mental and emotional scars such as post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, and increased risk of suicide.  To learn more about how to support the veteran you know, check out BenefitingVeterans.com, or call the national hotline at 1-888-4 VETS 25.

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Nov 4, 2010

30% of Nashville children are in contact with drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications, and there are clear warning signs you can pick up on as a parent.  Visit NPPOnline.org to learn more.

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Nov 4, 2010

Dr. Bill Paul talks about why it's not too late to get a flu shot, how to shave off pounds with small changes to your routine, and how to work together to keep the community healthy.

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Oct 19, 2010

Monroe Harding, Inc. offers many programs to partner with at-risk youth and families to provide a bridge toward independence and success. They offer academic support, foster care and adoptive services, emotional counseling, vocational training and more, to start kids off on the right foot.

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Oct 12, 2010

Vaughn Ownby from the Partnership for a Drug Free America lists the biggest drug threats to Tennessee, the role parents play in stopping drug use, and how to keep yourself from enabling people with addictive personalities in your life. 

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Oct 6, 2010

Most people don't think the flu will ever kill them. But it kills thousands every year. In spite of that, new surveys find more than 40% of Americans saying they are NOT going to get Flu shots. Dr. Bill Schaffner, the head of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School, tells you why the vaccine is vital. 

Oct 6, 2010

A Computer Repair Expert breaks down the Basics of Computer Use, how to save your computer after spilling liquids on it, how to avoid scams, and how to spot fraudulent e-mail. 
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Sep 24, 2010

What do Private Investigators really do? P.I. Ed Raymer says they can help you keep from getting ripped-off by doing background checks, they can help you gather child custody information, assist in workman’s comp, even insurance fraud.

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Sep 16, 2010

September is Emergency Preparedness Month!  Experts from TEMA and the National Weather Service are on the program to tell you how to prepare for the worst severe weather has to offer, and how to keep your family, yourself, and your valuables safe.

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Sep 16, 2010

It's back to school time, and just like students need supplies, so do schools!  Pencil Foundation connect community resources to public schools, to make the most of your child's education.  Find out how you can get involved in making Nashville schools the best they can be by visiting pencilfoundation.org

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