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The Salvation Army and the Roots of the Angel Tree

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 that are offered not only around the holidays, but year round.  Col.

Fighting Grief Over the Holidays

The holidays can be a wonderful, fun-filled time, filled with family and friends.  But the hectic nature of the season can also take its toll.  That's where Alive Hospice comes in.  If you feel like this year has worn you thin and stressed you out, then you might be interested in counseling.  But don't worry!  Counseling isn't how most people think it is. Hear about grief during the holidays, dealing with it not only through the holiday season but throughout the year, where you can get help, what kind of help to get, and how to find the right counselor for you.

Holiday Fire Safety

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 things on fire!  Franklin 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<span style="f

Raising Prematurity Awareness

November is Prematurity Awareness Month.  March of Dimes advocate Ashley Turner shares the story of how the March of Dimes saved her little girl, Ellie, born 13 weeks early, and Tamara Currin from March of Dimes also gives us an update on how Tennessee is stacking up against nationwide numbers for premature births, and how new research is linking obesity and inactive lifestyles to early labor.  You can find March of Dimes online at MarchofDimes.com/Tennessee.

Mayor Karl Dean: Creating "Nashvitality"

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 Nashville's recent certification as a bike friendly city, unveils a free new mobile phone application that helps locate recreation according to your location, talks about the upcoming Mayor’s 5k and newly renewed Walk 100 challenge, and stresses the importance of nutr

Alzheimer's: "The Long Goodbye"

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, bringing to the forefront the disease many refer to as "the long goodbye".  Tiffany Cloud-Mann from the Alzheimer’s Association’s Mid South chapter lists the warning signs of Alzheimer's, names some possible contributors to the disease, and explains the best ways to interact with those who have it.  Also, Donna Kumar and Rosemary Ramsay from the Council on Aging explain how they consolidate resources for caregivers as well as programs to assist seniors with everyday needs.  The Council on Aging is available at <a href=

Gabe's Chemo Duck: Childhood Cancer

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.  She also discusses a new partnership with musical education group Flocabulary, to provide further learning materials for children battling cancer.&

Raising Diabetes Awareness

Right now, 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, about 11% of the total population over the age of 20.

Meningitis and Flu, Facts and Myths Dispelled

Well, it’s officially the start of flu season, and as if that wasn’t bad enough, this year we’ve got an outbreak of meningitis to contend with as well!  Dr.

Breast Cancer: Survivors Speak

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, drawing attention to a disease that will affect 1 in every 8 women at some point in their lives.  Fox 17's Deb Williams and Leigh Wilburn from the Making Strides campaign relive their discoveries of breast cancer, and what they learned from their battle with the disease.  Kim Stanke, volunteer for the American Cancer Society talks about the great services offered by the ACS to make life just a little easier for patients.  And finally, we hear the words of Judy Sisco, a close personal friend of the program, who recently lost her multip

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