2:00 PM Jan 5, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Dan Phiffer • Flickr) There are ways to burn a more efficient fire to help reduce wood smoke, which is harmful to human health and can be a major source of air pollution.
Burning a cleaner fire in a woodstove or fireplace during the winter months is helpful to the health of residents across the state – and also to the state’s climate, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
2:00 PM Jan 2, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Rachel Elaine • Flickr) In Tennessee, nearly one-in-six high school students and one-in-four adults are smokers.
The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention and cessation efforts has Tennessee ranked in the back of the pack at 36th in the nation.
11:00 AM Dec 31, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Sophie & Cie • Flickr) The number of Tennessee youth in foster care who are aging out of the system is down, and for those who are leaving, extended support is helping with the transition to adulthood.
Progress is being reported in Tennessee as the number of foster children in the state who are aging out of the system without finding a forever home is trending down.
12:00 PM Dec 25, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Rebecca Wilson • Flickr) When the ABLE Act becomes law, people with disabilities will be able to save up to $100,000 to use for qualified expenses without losing their eligibility for government benefits.
A bill aimed at promoting financial stability for individuals with disabilities awaits the president’s signature after winning approval by the U.S. Senate.
10:00 AM Dec 25, 2014
(Photo courtesy Jason Meredith • Flickr) What’s on your to-do list this Christmas? While the movies portray fun and meaningful family holiday gatherings, the reality for many is often hectic and stressful.
While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family obligations and dynamics can be the “lump of coal” in some people’s Christmas stockings.
8:00 AM Dec 25, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Peter Corbett • Flickr) The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays, but with some planning before shopping, that doesn’t have to be the case.
The end-of-year holidays aren’t just a time filled with more cheer, but a time filled with more trash, although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum.
9:00 PM Dec 24, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Billy Brown • Flickr) A total of $55,000 was distributed last week to the five food banks in the state thanks to a project by AARP Tennessee and Walgreens.
The holidays are a time of giving, and one gift presented last week will help the many Tennesseans who struggle to put meals on the table.
7:00 PM Dec 3, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Heather • Flickr) The preterm birth rate in Tennessee rose slightly in 2013, ending six straight years of declines in the number of babies being born too soon.
After dropping for six years in a row, the latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Tennessee inched back up in 2013.
6:00 PM Nov 27, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Mangrove Mike • Flickr) The dangers are many for the children who are doing farm labor in tobacco fields in several southeastern states.
Children half the smoking age are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Tennessee, and they’re exposed to a multitude of perils.
10:00 PM Nov 5, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Sriram Bala • Flickr) If current trends continue, it’s estimated nearly one-third of people will have diabetes by 2050.
The arrival of November means it is American Diabetes Month.
8:00 PM Sep 25, 2014
As the debate over immigration policy continues in Tennessee and across the nation, Nashville continues to move ahead with its own efforts to engage and empower immigrants who call the city home.
4:00 PM Sep 24, 2014
(Photo courtesy of M. Kuhlman) Booster seats can reduce injuries during a car crash by 45 percent, but a new survey finds 90 percent of parents move their children to seat belts before they’re big enough.
NASHVILLE – Children often want to act like grownups, but experts said having children ride in cars the way mom and dad do is something that should be put off for as long as possible.
5:00 PM Sep 20, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Images Money • Flickr) New research shows states that have expanded Medicaid are seeing a surge in the number of parents with health insurance, compared to little change in uninsured rates in states like Tennessee that have not opted for expansion.
NASHVILLE – When it comes to parents who have health insurance, there is a growing gap among the states – with a stark difference in coverage trends between those that have expanded Medicaid and those that have not.
10:00 PM Sep 17, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Antti T. Nissinen • Flickr) Tennesseans are encouraged to roll up their sleeves this summer to give blood. Blood donations typically fall off during summer months as people are busy with outdoor activities and vacations, but the need for blood remains constant.
NASHVILLE – The summer may be winding down, but the need for blood donors in Tennessee is up.
2:00 PM Sep 12, 2014
Gov. Bill Haslam
NASHVILLE – One thing nearly all Tennesseans can agree on is they want good health and independence as they age, and efforts are under way in the state to make sure those opportunities exist today and into the future.
9:00 PM Aug 27, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Randen Pederson/Flickr) Tennessee parents have one more item to add to that back-to-school checklist, getting the kids in for an eye exam.
NASHVILLE – With the start of the new school year, parents across the state are reminded the eye health of their children is critical to their educational success.
5:00 PM Aug 13, 2014
(U.S. Department of Agriculture • Flickr) According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities.
NASHVILLE – Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high.