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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. 

Dec 31, 2012

About 29% of employees will call in sick at some point this winter, and if you're one of them, you're probably trying anything you can to get better, and fast!  Dr.

Dec 14, 2012

The holidays can be a very stressful time, but that doesn't mean they have to get you down.  Clinical psychologist Katheryn Sherrod, PH.D. talks about how to quit being such a taskmaster with cooking and cleaning and ask for help when you need it, how to let go of self-image issues around the holidays, how to deal with continuing grief from losing a loved one this time of year, and how in terms of focusing attention and emotional support on others, giving can be better than receiving.  You can contact Dr.

Dec 6, 2012

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.

Nov 30, 2012

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.

Nov 30, 2012

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

Nov 12, 2012

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.

Nov 12, 2012

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

Nov 5, 2012

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=

Nov 5, 2012

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.&

Oct 21, 2012

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

Oct 21, 2012

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.

Oct 21, 2012

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

Sep 30, 2012

In case you somehow haven’t noticed, this year is a presidential election year, and Albert Tieche, Administrator of Elections for Nashville/Davidson County wants you to exercise your rights as an American and get out and vote!  Albert talks about how many people vote on average (the numbers are very encouraging), where and when to register to vote, new technology involved in this year’s election, plus how to vote if you’re out of town, change your registration information, and what photo IDs are accepted at voting stations.  For more, visit

Sep 21, 2012

The incoming cool fall weather presents the perfect opportunity to get out and work in the yard, and David Cook, UT Agricultural Extension agent for Davidson County, talks about how to spot physical signs of your plants’ health, what grass to plant and how much to water it, the importance of having your soil’s pH tested, proper pruning technique, the right way to apply fertilizer and mulch, and more.  For more information, call 615-862-5995, or check out Nashville.gov/AES.

Sep 21, 2012

To date, the Make-a-Wish Foundation has granted more than 200,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in the United States.  Beth Torres, President and CEO of Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee, and Doug Renegar, and Mike Lister from Famous Daves talk about their partnership of over a decade, share emotional stories of how the children of Make-a-Wish have touched their lives, and give all the details of the Birdies, Bogeys, and Bones Golf Tournament, September 26th at Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club, to benefit the Make-a-Wish program.  To learn more, volunteer, or

Sep 7, 2012

September is Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizing one of the most rapidly expanding communities both here in Nashville and nationwide.  Conexión Américas specializes in outreach to the Nashville Latino community, offering tax assistance, homeownership and entrepreneurship resources, legal aid, and help learning English.  Renata Soto, Executive Director and Co-founder, also discusses their new Casa Azafran community center, slated to open in December, which will provide a clinic providing health assistance, children’s counseling, after

Sep 5, 2012

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 community walks to promote more active living, expanding the Greenway system and adding parks, continuing efforts to make the city more bike-able, and how businesses are getting involved with the Workplace Challenge.  To start getting active yourself, visit <a hr

Aug 29, 2012

Mark Basenberg, Community Relations Coordinator for the Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center talks about the importance of getting involved with your local animal shelter, through volunteering time, or offering to foster an animal until a permanent home can be found.  He also describes how Williamson County is making great strides in reducing the number of animals that have to be put down.  Jim Sherrill with No-Kill Williamson County joins as well, to speak on how shelters can adopt a “no-kill” model, and promote pet adoption.  To browse pets available for ado

Aug 20, 2012

With school starting back up, students have much more to worry about nowadays than just clothes and classes.  Bullying, while not a new problem, has seen a dramatic rise in the past several years, not just in frequency, but severity as well.  Dr.

Aug 20, 2012

For most children, developing strong reading skills is the gateway to accelerated learning, and to the imagination.  Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam joins the program to talk about her work with the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, the importance of reading at an early age, and the impact that strong reading skills have on crime rates, the job market, and more.  She also shares her experience meeting Imagination Library founder Dolly Parton, who also shares a few words.  To get involved, visit GovernorsFoundation.org.

Aug 7, 2012

It’s back to school time!  Olivia Brown, Communications Director for Metro Nashville Public Schools explains the new balanced calendar for this school year, which helps students retain what they learned and minimizes "summer learning loss".  She also talks about what “intercessions“ are, and explains the switch to a new 5 point grading scale.  For more information on what supplies and immunizations students will need, as well as bus routes, school assignments, and more tips, visit MNPS.org.