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Explore Arkansas with Chuck Dovish

Explore Arkansas with Chuck Dovish

One winning family to be chosen for excursion; entries accepted at www.aetn.org/engage

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — Fans of the Arkansas Educational Television Network’s (AETN) “Exploring Arkansas,” with host Chuck Dovish, now have the opportunity to win a family outing with Dovish that will be filmed for possible future use in the series.

A winning family (up to six family members) will be chosen at random to spend a day with Dovish as he tapes a family-friendly episode of “Exploring Arkansas.” Dovish will aim to introduce the family to some of his favorite places and activities suitable for all ages, in turn allowing them to explore Arkansas with him.

Contest winners will be treated to a hike or similar activity at a location of Dovish’s choosing on a weekend. The outing will be filmed by an AETN production crew and segments may be used for an upcoming episode of “Exploring Arkansas.”

Staying active in winter

Staying active in winter

From an article forwarded to Today's THV from Children's Health Care of Atlanta

by Stephanie Walsh, M.D.

The winter be a season of little activity and over-indulging. As the weather cools down, children are often tempted to stay inside in front of the T.V. or a video game rather than play outside. Eating healthily can present additional challenges when faced with party buffets, holiday sweets and large family meals.

Don’t let winter stop you from staying healthy! Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, through its Strong4Life program, aims to help families tackle the issue of childhood obesity in Georgia. Getting more activity is a great way to balance the extra calories consumed this time of year. Remember that small steps can add up to big changes!

While there’s no harm in relaxing, there are a lot of fun ways you can stay active this winter. Try one of the ideas below to get everyone moving!

Winter Activity Ideas

How safe is your family feast?

How safe is your family feast?

Tips for Serving Buffet-style

(Little Rock) – A popular way to celebrate holidays or any party occasion is to invite friends and family to a buffet. However, this type of food service where foods are left out for long periods can leave the door open for uninvited guests — bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Festive times for giving and sharing should not include sharing foodborne illness. Here are some tips from the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline to help you have a SAFE holiday party.

Safe Food Handling
Always wash your hands before and after handling food. Keep your kitchen, dishes and utensils clean also. Always serve food on clean plates — not those previously holding raw meat and poultry.

What to do if your home is burglarized

What to do if your home is burglarized

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- You may think of residential burglary as some that happens to "someone else" -- until it happens to you.

It can happen whether you're at home or away. Hopefully it won't happen to you, but if it does, do you know what to do? The Garland County Sheriff's Department has the following advice in the event your home becomes a statistic.

  • Call police if you see anything suspicious.
  • Leave immediately if you see your home has been burglarized (the burglar may still be there).
  • Do not touch anything until police have secured your home.
  • If you wake up and find a burglar in your room, pretend to be asleep until it is safe.
  • If you see any strange or suspicious activity, call the appropriate agency immediately!
  • Do not hesitate to call.

Burglary prevention tips

Burglary prevention tips

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Lots of people travel this time of year, leaving their homes vulnerable to thieves. How can you keep from becoming a victim?

According to the Garland County Sheriff's Department, the key is to make your home look occupied even if no one is home. They offer the following tips to discourage would-be robbers from making off with your valuables.

  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. When leaving on trips, leave a light on in the bathroom. In the bedroom, attach a lamp and radio to a 24-hour electric timer set to go on at dusk and off at your bedtime.
  • Leave a radio on an all-talk show station and a little louder than normal. The conversation might lead an offender to believe the home is occupied.
  • Close bedroom drapes or blinds.

Focus on fire safety: Christmas trees

Focus on fire safety: Christmas trees

A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. In preparation for this holiday season, Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services (PBF&ES) would like to offer the following safety tips regarding the picking, placing, and lighting of Christmas trees:

Picking The Tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing The Tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1-2" from the base of the trunk.