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Jul 14, 2013

Avery Smith from Little Brothers Shell in Brentwood explains how to tune up your car for summer travel, including proper tire care and maintenance schedule, and Mike Prusinski, a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, talks about the biggest scams being pulled on travelers these days, and how to avoid having your credit card information stolen while on vacation.  Valerie Bass from the TN Beef Industry Council also talks about tips for selecting, preparing, and storing the best meats for your grill this year, and shares tips on making the perfect burger.  

Jul 14, 2013

Sgt Adam Widner explains how the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and the transition to civilian life, is not only helping veterans get back on their feed financially and physically, but how allowing service men and women to connect with others who have been through the same experience can heal the mental and emotional wounds as well.  Adam shares his own personal story, as well as discusses the impact that battle, life in a third world country, separation from your comrades, and other

Jun 6, 2013
With today's economy, now more than ever people are opting for "stay-cations", and it just so happens that Tennessee is the perfect place for one.  Susan Whitaker, Commissioner of the TN Department of Tourist Development, talks about all the great attractions we have right here in our own back yard, from music festivals, to the historic TN Trails & Byways system, to the #1 visited park in
Jun 6, 2013

Dr John Benitez from the TN Poison Center speaks about common poisonous or toxic plants that you may encounter outdoors this summer, how to properly treat poison ivy and other contact poisons, and safe procedures for eating wild, potentially harmful plants such as polk salad.  To learn more, visit TNPoisonCenter.org, and if you find yourself in a poison related emergency, call the Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.  Professor Frank H

Jun 6, 2013
May is Asthma Awareness Month.  Gail Bost with the American Lung Association of Tennessee talks about how asthma is more common now than ever, having increased over 200% in the last 20 years, explains what happens to the body when you have an asthma attack, dispels the myth that asthma is only common in children, and explains some risk factors.  She also addresses other lung related dise
Jun 6, 2013
School’s out, the weather is heating up, and kids are out at play, which means more cuts, scrapes, and breaks are just a moment away.  Dr.
Jun 6, 2013

1 in 4 Americans have been diagnosed with some sort of mental illness.  Robin Nobling, the Executive Director at NAMI of Davidson County, the local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says that mental illness knows no boundaries of age, gender, income, or race, and that everyone has their own mental troubles; the point where it crosses over to illness is all about how you cope with it.  Robin says what makes mental illness so hard to deal with is that the patient’s mind is giving them the signal that what they’re experiencing is normal; it’s only the friends and lov

Jun 6, 2013

Recent studies show that there has been a 20% decline in deaths from cancer since 1991, but that’s just the beginning.  As the American Cancer Society’s new slogan reads, we need to “finish the fight”.  Greg Broy, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at the American Cancer Society, discusses risk factors that can contribute to any form of cancer like age, diet, smoking, and genetics, dispels some myths surrounding cancer and things like cell phones, underwire bras, etc., and reveals the 24 hour cancer support hotline for people who have been recently diagnosed, as we

May 7, 2013

With Earth Day coming up on Monday, you might be wondering what you can do in your own back yard to help out the environment.  Thomas Solinsky, founder and Executive Director of Sound Forest, a non-profit offering sustainability consulting and ecosystem enhancement programs, explains how they planting more trees in the right areas can lower your energy bill, contribute to cleaner water supplies, and even reduce stress and some medical conditions.  He also explains how Sound Forest will tell you exactly what trees are best for your needs, and will even plant then FOR you, free of c

May 7, 2013

April is Organ Donor Awareness Month.  Kim Kennedy from Donate Life TN says that Tennessee has a waiting list of over 2,100 people in need of organs or tissue, donations which statistically only about 1 in 10 of them will get. There is no cost to be a donor, and nearly everyone, regardless of age or certain health conditions, is eligible to donate.

Apr 12, 2013

April is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, one of the most detectable and treatable cancers of all, and one that is impacting more and more people every year.

Apr 12, 2013

March is National Nutrition Month, and Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr.

Mar 27, 2013

March is National Nutrition Month, and according to recent statistics, a lot of us are struggling.  66% of the population is considered overweight or obese, and Tennessee currently ranks 39th of 50 in national health rankings.  Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner says if you're having a hard time getting healthy, you are not alone; anyone can get healthy with the proper attitude.  Dr.

Mar 27, 2013

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.

Mar 8, 2013

In the state of Tennessee, about 30 babies are born prematurely every single day, and there will only be an explanation as to why for about half of them.  That's why March of Dimes, with their research funding, education outreach, and volunteer efforts are so important.  Tamara Currin, Program Services Director for March of Dimes, explains the biggest risk factors and warning signs of a premature birth, as well as a risky new trend of professionally induced early labor.  Amy and Bob Pate, this year's March of Dimes Ambassador Family, also share the story of their son, Hawkins

Mar 8, 2013

Over 71% of baby boomers still have a living parent in need of care, while taking care of themselves and often children as well.  This is called the "Sandwich Generation".  Van Cluck, CEO of the Blakeford senior living community discusses how to identify when an aging loved one is going through a lifestyle change, what senior living care options are out there and how to approach the topic, and what you should do to plan now for yourself. For more, visit FiftyForward.org or Blakeford.com.

Mar 8, 2013

What if there was a one-stop-shop for all the services you needed from the from the city?  Well, there is!  Gwen Hopkins and Don Reid from Metro Nashville Public Works explain how from trash collection, recycling, street sign and traffic light maintenance, mowing grass and trimming trees along roadways, roadside litter cleanup, pothole repair; Metro Nashville Public Works is responsible for all of it.  If you have a question, request, or complaint, simply call Public Works at 311, or find them online at Nashville.gov/Public

Feb 18, 2013

Every year, heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined, about 1 in every 3.  That’s because women display the symptoms differently, and often, in much more subtle ways.   Patty Clements from the American Heart Association explains how to lower your risk through heart disease through diet and exercise, the huge role that reading your food labels plays, and how Go Red for Women, celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year, is making a difference.  Lori Anne Parker-Danley shares her personal account of how she suffered 2 massive heart attacks at a

Feb 18, 2013

You might be shocked to know that 1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of arthritis, of which there are over a hundred, which costs the economy $128 billion a year in lost productivity and hospitalizations, and is the #1 cause of disability in America.  Dorothy Scobey, Development and Services Director for the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, talks about the warning signs of the two most common forms of arthritis, shares what factors, including genetics, can lead to it, and also explains how increasing more children are finding themselves afflicted.  Anna

Jan 31, 2013

Does the crazy weather we've experienced lately have you feeling a little nervous?

Jan 27, 2013

As the old saying goes, "you are what you eat", so wouldn't you rather be something healthy?  Nan Allison, Registered Dietician, joins the program to give us simple tips and tricks that we can use everyday to avoid overeating, stay satisfied, and do it all in cheap and cost effective ways.  She also dispels common myths about diet pills and serving sizes, and explains the importance of meal planning.

Jan 27, 2013

Assistance League of Nashville is a nonprofit volunteer organization that puts caring and commitment into action through community based philanthropic programs.  Four of the Assistance League's former and current leaders explain their two biggest programs, Operation School Bell, which provides clothing to children of low income families, and Hand in Hand, which provides food and clothing to children who are victims of abuse, as well as share testimonials from the families these programs are doing so much for.  And don't miss their upcoming wine tasti

Jan 27, 2013

If you're like a lot of people in Nashville, perhaps you came to Music City to make it big as a singer.  Or maybe you've just always wondered what it takes to make it as a professional in the music industry.  Jaime Babbitt, a professional jingle singer, touring musician, vocal coach, and author, shares tips on what skills are most important to finding your big break, how to stay motivated, and warns about which pitfalls to look out for with stories from personal experience.  For more on Jaime, visit <a href="http://www.WorkingWithYourVoic

Jan 3, 2013

No matter what life changes you are resolving to take on in 2013, it is proper to have the right motivation, commitment, and belief in order to achieve anything. To conquer any obstacle, you must be able to look into yourself and see the potential that lies there for major positive growth. Dr.

Dec 31, 2012

Winter can be hard on automobiles.  Frigid temperatures and icy roads can be a danger not only to your engine, but your personal safety as well.  Avery Smith, ASE certified mechanic at Little Brothers Shell, explains the importance of antifreeze and how often to change it, as well as what maintenance to perform regularly to avoid a breakdown.  Mark Cox, director of the Bridgestone Winter Driving School explains which tires are best for winter driving, how you can tell if you're about to hydroplane, and how to execute driving maneuvers that might help you avoid a crash.