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Summertime Heat Can Be Deadly For Children

Most of us know the dangers of leaving a child unattended in a car in the harsh Arkansas summer, but how many of us realize children often climb into an unlocked vehicle to play or explore? Since 1996, at least 175 children have died of heat stroke after being trapped inside a parked car. That’s why it’s important to keep car doors and trunks locked even when the vehicle is parked at home.

Remember, when the outside temperature is 93 degrees Fahrenheit, even with a window cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees Fahrenheit in just 20 minutes and almost 140…

Warning About Risk of Eating Raw Oysters

The Arkansas Department of Health is echoing an advisory from the Food and Drug Administration warning about the risks of eating raw oysters for individuals with liver disease and certain other medical conditions that make them more susceptible to infection from the bacterium, Vibrio vulnificus. The ADH is advising these “high risk” individuals to only eat cooked oysters, because cooking destroys the bacterium.

Many people eat raw oysters during parties and celebrations, while they are drinking alcohol. Frequently, these individuals don’t understand that eating raw oysters can be…

BREASTCARE Josetta Wilkins Awards

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Hosted by the First Lady of Arkansas Janet Huckabee in the Grand Hall of the Governor’s Mansion, on April 8, the Josetta Wilkins Award honered individuals and organization helping to educate Arkansas women about screening and treatment for breast cancer. Recognized this year was the Susan G Komen Foundation,

Breast Cancer Foundation and the Arkansas Affiliate. The event was sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Health’s BreastCare Program and the Arkansas Breast Cancer Control Advisory Board. Among the attendees was Dr. Fay Boozman, Director of the…

DIABETES Arkansas Walk a success

LITTLE ROCK, AR – One in 17 Americans has diabetes today and a third of them don’t even know it. On Saturday, March 27 thousands of walkers around the nation made a difference in a 3-mile walk to raise funds for diabetes research and education. “This year’s American Diabetes Association Arkansas Walk was a complete success, it raised over $80,000, ” said Melody Myers, Area Office Director. ¡Hola! Arkansas and Today’s THV were the media sponsors for the Little Rock event.

Diabetes is the fifth-deadliest disease in the United States, and it has no cure. The total…

Childhood Obesity a crisis in the Hispanic Community

LITTLE ROCK, AR– Childhood obesity is a complex problem with no easy solutions. There is an epidemic of childhood obesity in Arkansas and the United States.This trend is increasing at an alarming rate with 15.3 percent of children nationally considered obese according to the American Obesity Association. For minority communities in the United States childhood obesity statistics are particularly alarming. It is a crisis that requires developing solutions at the local level that reflect the unique needs of each community.

The Coalition for a Healthy and Active America (CHAA) is a…

Arkansas Minority Health Commission Attends to Hispanics

LITTLE ROCK, AR – “The Arkansas Minority Health Commission is committed to entering into communities to promote health prevention and screenings. The AMHC was developed to assure all minority Arkansans have access to equal health care and to seek ways to provide education, address, treat and prevent diseases and conditions that are prevalent among minority populations,” said Judy Smith, commission Executive Director. Smith served as Executive Director of Arkansas for Drug Free Youth for 18 years before becoming the new Director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission on March 11,…