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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.

Head 'North to Health' at McCain Mall

Head 'North to Health' at McCain Mall

Free health screenings open to North Little Rock area residents

McCain Mall and Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock will team up again to hold the Baptist Health Head North to Health, an annual city-wide health fair at the mall on Saturday, February 18.

Take advantage of these free health screenings:

  • PSA Screening for Men
  • Cholesterol - Total & HDL
  • Blood Sugar - 2 hour Fast Required
  • Carbon Monoxide Screenings
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Blood Pressure

The first 250 participants will receive a special gift and door prizes will be drawn hourly. The event is free and open to the community.

Saturday, February 18 from 9 a.m. – Noon

McCain Mall – Level One, Center Court

3929 McCain Blvd., North Little Rock, AR 72116  

 

Ride Red on the River Rail

Ride Red on the River Rail

February 6-14, 2012

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- In honor of Valentine’s Day and Heart Health Awareness Month, you can receive a raffle ticket each time you ride the River Rail Trolley to be entered into a contest for one of three great prizes to be awarded on Valentine’s Day. Wear RED to receive two tickets.

The drawing is live on February 14 at 2:15 p.m. in front of the Trolley Barn.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Heart Association, Central Arkansas Transit Authority, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Argenta Downtown Council, and North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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.

 

Go for a spin

Go for a spin

Take Your (Two) Wheels for a Spin at Bike Adventures Workshop

Event Teaches Youth Bike Safety, Maintenance, Fun

 

WHO:                         City of North Little Rock’s Fit 2 Live Program, North Little Rock Bicycle Friendly

Community Committee, and Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas

 

WHAT:                      Bike Adventures Workshop

 

WHEN:                      9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2012

 

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.”