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These New Ads Might Shock You – They Might Also Save Your Life

These New Ads Might Shock You – They Might Also Save Your Life

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a national education campaign that depicts the harsh reality of illness and damage real people suffer as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.  The ads show the toll smoking-related illnesses take on real people and their loved ones.  Viewers in Arkansas will see the ads from March 19 to June 9.
 

Get your plate in shape

Get your plate in shape

Coalition Educates Children, Adults on What, When and How to eat to be Healthy, Combat Obesity

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Feb. 28, 2012) – March is National Nutrition Month® and a good time to “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Arkansas was named the ninth most obese state in the country, according to the eighth annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In addition, nearly one-third of our state’s adults – 30.6 percent – are obese.

While these statistics are staggering, they represent only part of the health problem in Arkansas.  Obesity is a primary contributor to serious chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.  According to the Arkansas Department of Health, 53 percent of Arkansas adults are living with at least one chronic disease.  

Girls get ready for 'Camp iRock'

Girls get ready for 'Camp iRock'

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is now accepting applications for Camp iRock 2012, to be held June 3-9 at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center seven miles west of Little Rock. Camp iRock is a free, week-long experience that takes advantage of interactive dialogue, workshops, and exercises to promote physical activity, healthy lifestyles and self-confidence in young girls.

The common threads among diseases that disproportionately affect minorities are poor nutrition and obesity. As a result of this epidemic, the AMHC voted to add nutrition and fitness as an overarching focus. Camp iRock was created to curve the impact of poor nutrition and obesity in Arkansas. The 2012 camp will focus on empowering young girls with the tools they need to improve their health and lifestyle choices.

The importance of eating 'red'

The importance of eating 'red'

February is the ultimate RED Month – American Heart Month, Valentine’s Day, and National Cherry Month. It’s a month to eat red and learn about all the benefits of crimson-colored foods.

Red foods contain powerful phytonutrients that are not only responsible for their bright red color, but also may help protect your heart.

Nutrition expert and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients (Rodale, 2008) Dr. Wendy Bazilian, MPH, RD, underscores the power of eating RED and why three key foods should be a part of your daily diet.

 

It’s not too late to vaccinate

It’s not too late to vaccinate

Get your flu vaccine today!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- When you see “Get Your Flu Vaccine Here” signs and banners after November outside pharmacies and in doctors’ offices, you might wonder if it’s too late. The answer is no!

“Flu season typically peaks in January or February and can last as late as May,” says Dr. James Phillips, chief, Arkansas Department of Health, Infectious Disease Branch. “We are encouraging people who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated now.”

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

Keep bugs away this holiday

Keep bugs away this holiday

This time of year is bustling with holiday travels and families are preparing to gather for the season.

The unfortunate reality is that some of our favorite things can lead to the spreading of bedbugs this holiday season. Intense travel, like that during the holidays, allows the pests to spread from one location to another.

Although they are found in beds, many neglect to think of other places bedbugs can be found. Sitting on a plane or in the seats waiting at your terminal before boarding can be a prime time for bedbugs to latch on from the previous sitter. They won’t begin biting until you’re settled such as on the long flight or once you’ve reached your bed that night (whether it be at home, a hotel or family’s house).

Many families take in a holiday movie. Unfortunately movie theaters have become a place where bedbugs spread as well. Even a stack of coats at holiday parties can spread bedbugs.