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Arkansas's first all-girls fitness camp -- Camp iRock

Arkansas's first all-girls fitness camp -- Camp iRock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC), in collaboration with Arkansas Children's Hospital and Girl Scout-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will host its first ever residential fitness camp. Camp iRock is for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades and will be held at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock on June 19-25.

The camp is a week-long program of activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and building self-confidence in young girls. Campers will be equipped with the necessary tools and support to help them achieve and maintain optimum fitness and nutrition in their daily lives. The camp is free for 40 girls from around the State of Arkansas.

UAMS to host free skin cancer screenings May 21

UAMS to host free skin cancer screenings May 21

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is offering free skin cancer screenings from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21 on the sixth floor of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Screenings will be conducted by the UAMS Department of Dermatology.

For information, call (501) 413-8611 from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday now through May 20 or from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21.

Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis and are encouraged to arrive no later than 1 p.m. Free parking is available in UAMS Parking 3 at Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue.

Signs and symptoms of skin cancer include new spots on the skin or spots that change in size, shape or color.

Kids just want to be kids!

Kids just want to be kids!

Each week, when we visit the kid’s cancer unit, I am always reminded of one very absolute reality. Kids want to be kids! No matter how sick or how isolated or how confined or how restrained they are. There is an innate desire in them for fun, for laughter, for playing…for the simplicity of childhood. They drag their IV poles with bags of chemo and pain pumps down the hallways at rapid speeds. At times, you will even see them actually trying to ride on their pole…like a scooter or a big wheel. My daughter, Brooke, always did. We even had a song for her IV pole. We would sing, “You get the line and I’ll get the pole and we’ll go fishing at the craw-dad hole, baby.” Brooke would unplug her pole and hop on the bottom rolling brackets as we pushed her up and down the halls. She would even do fancy stunts like lifting one leg or letting go completely while proudly retorting, “Look Mom – no hands!”

Cancer kids amaze me, and this past week at the hospital was no exception.

Nursing expo set for April 30

Nursing expo set for April 30

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Eighth Annual ThinkNurse Expo is Saturday, April 30 from 9 am -1 pm at the Metroplex Event Center located near I-430 and Colonel Glenn in Little Rock.

It’s the annual gathering of healthcare recruiters and educators brought to you by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and Publishing Concepts, Inc., publisher of the ASBN Update magazine.  It’s the largest gathering of healthcare professionals held in one place, at one time, in the state of Arkansas. Representatives from the state’s most prestigious and largest hospitals, healthcare facilities and schools of nursing annually attend this Expo to meet with and interview candidates for potential employment in the healthcare field.

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Consider this: Where would you turn for advice on assisting a loved one affected by Alzheimer's? How will your basic needs be met should your child become ill with cancer? What kinds of chemicals and additives are in your food -- and how is it affecting your health?

Do you know where to go to even get these answers?

Earlier this spring I was able to attend an event at War Memorial Stadium called "Little Rock Serves," which is sponsored by Create Little Rock, an arm of the Little Rock Chamber.

20th Century Club's Lodge

20th Century Club's Lodge

Did you know that 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year? Maybe you know someone who has cancer or is receiving treatment — a friend, relative or a coworker. And it’s possible they travel to central Arkansas where a number of the nation’s premier cancer treatment facilities are located. Being far away from the comforts of home during this challenging time can be both frightening and frustrating. That’s why the 20th Century Club’s Lodge was founded — to make a difference in the lives of patients by giving hope away from home.

In a typical year, the 20th Century Club’s Lodge provides about 1,500 nights of no-cost housing to more than 240 patients. Our Lodge is more than a place to stay — it is a caring, compassionate environment that builds a bridge of hope over a chasm of worry.

Ark. National Guard organizes drug takeback

Ark. National Guard organizes drug takeback

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas National Guard will assist in the prescription drug Takeback this year in an effort to help prevent the illegal use or misuse of prescription drugs in the state.

According to the 2007 Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) survey, Arkansas had the worst teen prescription pain reliever abuse problem in the United States.