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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.