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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.

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.

When it comes to meds, make your list, check it twice

When it comes to meds, make your list, check it twice

 

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AETN provides statewide update on HIV/AIDS

AETN provides statewide update on HIV/AIDS

 

In recognition of World AIDS Day, a panel of experts will look at HIV and AIDS in Arkansas during “HIV/AIDS in Arkansas,” airing tonight at 6:30 p.m. on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).

Panelists will discuss AIDS 30 years from the first diagnosis in 1981, AIDS in people over age 50, statistics, trends, common risk factors, myths, transmission, diagnosis, treatment and support services and programs. Experts include: Derrick Newby, program administrator for Delta Region AIDS Education and Training; Krissten Bagwell, special services program coordinator for ARCare; Dr.

AETN examines Social Security, Medicare for Arkansans

AETN examines Social Security, Medicare for Arkansans

 

“Will Social Security and Medicare be There for You?” will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

This program will discuss what the future holds for Social Security, Medicare and aging Arkansans.

According to AARP Arkansas, more than 600,000 Arkansans rely on Social Security and/or Medicare benefits. No state has a higher percentage – 63 percent – of older Americans relying on Social Security for 50 percent or more of their family income.

The Social Security Administration recently announced a 3.6 percent benefit increase for 2012. This is the first cost-of-living adjustment since 2009.

Red Ribbon Gospel Celebration raises awareness

Red Ribbon Gospel Celebration raises awareness

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission presents a “Gospel Celebration” in recognition of World AIDS Day 2011, Thursday, Dec. 1 at St. Mark Baptist Church “Getting to Zero”

The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to disproportionately affect minority segments of the population. Since 2010, minorities have accounted for 44 percent of all reported cases of HIV in Arkansas. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) remains committed to creating awareness about HIV/AIDS and to educating the public about prevention and the real possibility of getting to zero new infections. 

In addition to a gospel concert, the evening will feature speakers from the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas legislature, and individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS.