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Celebrate an injury-free Independence Day

Celebrate an injury-free Independence Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Fireworks stands across the state are starting to do big business as Arkansans prepare to celebrate the Independence Day weekend.

Because Attorney General Dustin McDaniel hopes everyone has a safe and happy holiday, he issued these safety tips to remind Arkansans about state laws concerning fireworks.

Take precautions against melanoma

Take precautions against melanoma

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – With summer heat already scorching Arkansas, there are precautions you can take to help prevent a melanoma, a dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease.

“Early detection is the key. That’s why people with a high risk need to see a dermatologist from time to time. If you detect it early, you can prevent the spreading of it,” said Dr. P.K. Reddy, medical oncologist at the Mercy Cancer Center in Hot Springs, Ark.

When people spend time in sunlight, cells called melanocytes make more of a skin pigment called melanin. This causes the skin to tan. But if the skin receives too much ultraviolet light, the melanocytes may begin to grow abnormally and become cancerous, a condition referred to as a melanoma.

Mercy earns Healthy Lifestyles employer award

Mercy earns Healthy Lifestyles employer award

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The Sisters of Mercy Health System has received a 2011 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award. The National Business Group on Health – the nation’s only non-profit organization of large employers devoted to health care related issues – presented the honor at a leadership summit in Washington, D.C.

“This award places Mercy in prestigious company,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of the Sisters of Mercy Health System. “When other award winners include the likes of IBM, Campbell Soup and Target, you feel confident you’re doing a lot of things right as an organization.”

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Getting fit in 1915: Indian Club exercises

Getting fit in 1915: Indian Club exercises

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — From the late 19th century into the 1920s, a popular fitness movement known as "physical culture" promoted ideals of health which included a daily routine of medical gymnastics.  Commercially produced wooden clubs known as Indian clubs provided an inexpensive means of exercise for physical culture practitioners.  "Club swinging" was soon the rage.  Exhibitions were common and even became a feature of intercollegiate gymnastics during the early 1900s.

This Friday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m., a park ranger dressed in period attire will present a 45 minute program offering a glimpse of the past with a PowerPoint program of historical illustrations and a demonstration of Indian club exercises.  Kids, come try club swinging – your great-great-grandfather’s exercise.

Gulpha Gorge Campground is located on U.S. Hwy 7-S, a short distance off U.S.

Mercy recounts evacuation efforts in Joplin

Mercy recounts evacuation efforts in Joplin

The following is from Joe Slatton of St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs.

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Mercy thanks the courageous doctors, nurses and other caregivers who evacuated 183 patients after a tornado struck St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday evening. A number of Mercy caregivers themselves were injured. Their selfless efforts put their patients first and resulted in a timely and orderly evacuation.

In spite of these heroic efforts, Mercy is saddened to confirm that five patients lost their lives. The families of the patients have been notified. In addition, an unidentified visitor was among those who perished. Authorities have been working to determine the identity of the visitor and to notify the family.

Mercy is working with emergency response agencies, city and state officials, and other health care organizations to follow up on those patients who were evacuated from the hospital Sunday evening.

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.

Healthification has Mercy workers Jumping

Healthification has Mercy workers Jumping

Hot Springs, Ark. -- Health·i·fi·ca-tion – verb 1. The process of getting your health groove on. 2. The act of transforming oneself from an unhealthy being into a totally, physically fit specimen.

Healthification is designed to encourage well-balanced, healthier lifestyles through nutrition, physical activity, emotional and spiritual wellness, and smoking cessation.

The initiative, recently introduced by the Sisters of Mercy Health System, has reached a fever pitch with the approach of National Employee Health and Fitness Day May 18 and the release of a promotional rap video. Performed by rapper M.C. Spookytooth (Hot Springs attorney Brent Miller), the video features Mercy co-workers – from surgical techs to radiologists – performing jumping jacks in preparation for the Mercy Million.

The video has been seen by more than 5,000 people on YouTube and other places on the Internet.