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Community Health Fair

Community Health Fair

MALVERN, Ark. -- Williams Family Dentistry will be hosting their First Annual Health and Awareness Fair on Sat. July 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is FREE. There will be goody bags, Smoky the Bear, Jump House, concession food and door prizes!

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UAMS’ receives $7.9M to expand caregiver training

UAMS’ receives $7.9M to expand caregiver training

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Aging Initiative in the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received $7.9 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to provide new opportunities for the elderly to stay in their homes.

The grant will allow the expansion of the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program to four more Arkansas cities – Fort Smith, Little Rock, Hot Springs and El Dorado. The program, developed at the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education in Springdale, already is in Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, Texarkana and West Memphis thanks to a 2009 Reynolds Foundation grant.

The program offers educational opportunities for those who want to care for older adults preferring to stay in their own homes.

Garland ranks 37 in number of healthy Arkansas counties

Garland ranks 37 in number of healthy Arkansas counties

County-by-county rankings show what influences health, longevity
 
The third annual County Health Rankings were released Tuesday. The Rankings are an annual check-up that measure how healthy people are and how long they live in more than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia.

Garland ranks 37 in number of healthy Arkansas counties

Garland ranks 37 in number of healthy Arkansas counties

County-by-county rankings show what influences health, longevity
 
The third annual County Health Rankings were released Tuesday. The Rankings are an annual check-up that measure how healthy people are and how long they live in more than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia.

These New Ads Might Shock You – They Might Also Save Your Life

These New Ads Might Shock You – They Might Also Save Your Life

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a national education campaign that depicts the harsh reality of illness and damage real people suffer as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.  The ads show the toll smoking-related illnesses take on real people and their loved ones.  Viewers in Arkansas will see the ads from March 19 to June 9.
 

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.