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Have a healthy Thanksgiving

Have a healthy Thanksgiving

Author: Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

 

The Thanksgiving holiday season is a wonderful time of the year filled with family, friends and of course, food. While the spirit of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for all that we have, the holiday has become increasingly focused on food and eating. There’s no harm in enjoying a meal with your family on Thanksgiving, but it’s important to remember that the purpose of the holiday is not simply to over-eat.

 

Childhood obesity continues to be a threatening epidemic in Georgia. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is continuing to see cases of obesity at all three of its hospitals. The consequences of obesity on children include health issues that are typically seen only in adults, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint problems and high cholesterol.

AETN kicks off the holiday season with broadcast premiere of Curious George movie on PBS KIDS

AETN kicks off the holiday season with broadcast premiere of Curious George movie on PBS KIDS

 

The Arkansas Educational Television Network will feature the broadcast premiere of the original Curious George movie, which will air as part of the “Curious George” Holiday Spectacular, Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 a.m.

A three-movie on-air event, the Holiday Spectacular kicks off with “Curious George,” followed by “Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey” and “Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.”

Encore presentations of the Holiday Spectacular will air: Thursday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. on AETN-1; Friday, Nov. 25, at 8 a.m. on AETN Plus (AETN-3); and Saturday, Nov. 26, at 6 a.m. on AETN Plus.

“Curious George” follows everyone’s favorite spunky monkey as he sets off on a series of adventures. In the film, after the Man with the Yellow Hat accidentally brings George back from a business trip to Africa, the unlikely twosome embarks on a fun-filled journey through the big city and ultimately finds their way to a lasting friendship.

Union Rescue Mission prepares for 'Feeding the Multitude'

Union Rescue Mission prepares for 'Feeding the Multitude'

Thanksgiving is just right around the corner, and some Arkansas families are wondering how they will be able to put food on the table.  The Union Rescue Mission is helping approximately 500 families in the Central Arkansas area to have a Thanksgiving meal.

 

The Union Rescue Mission will make up 600 Thanksgiving food boxes for low-income families in Central Arkansas on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  More than 50 volunteers will come to the Mission at 2921 Confederate boulevard. 

 

The Feeding the Multitude food drive is conducted annually by the Union Rescue Mission.  Local churches, schools, civic organizations collect canned food items, boxed stuffing, cake mixes, and frosting.

'Feeding the Multitude'

'Feeding the Multitude'

The Union Rescue Mission plans to distribute approximately 850 Thanksgiving food boxes to low- income families in Central Arkansas on Tuesday, November 22. 

Families will be referred to the Union Rescue Mission by area agencies, such as St. Francis House, Agape Church, and Martindale Baptist Church. The last day for families to sign up for food boxes will be Thursday, November 10, 2011.  There is enough food in each box to feed a family of four, and families with more than four members will receive more than one box.

The Feeding the Multitude Food Drive is conducted annually by the Union Rescue Mission.  Local churches, schools, and civic organizations collect canned food items, boxed stuffing, cake mixes, and frosting.  More than 50 volunteers will come to the Mission on Confederate Blvd. Saturday, November 19 to help pack the food boxes.

Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety tips

Trick-or-treating is a fun adventure for children and parents. Keep it fun by preparing yourself and your children for a safe night out, beginning with these basic safety tips from Sheriff Larry Sanders of Garland County.

  • Ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardant, and never obscure visibility.
  • Check your local law enforcement agency's website for registered offenders residing in your area.
  • Teach your children to never enter any home without you or without your permission and only approach homes that are well-lit.
  • Remind children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
  • Let your know to tell you or a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual.
  • Teach children to bring treats home before eating them.

Pumpkin pulp, seeds can spook your plumbing system

Pumpkin pulp, seeds can spook your plumbing system

Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns an age-old Halloween tradition. However, it can turn into a plumbing nightmare if the pulp and seeds go down the garbage disposal.

With the usual increase in clogged kitchen sink drains and jammed garbage disposals plumbers see this time of year, Mr. Rooter Plumbing is already prepared for the spike in calls. 

"We stay busy during Halloween because people don’t realize the pumpkin’s stringy, slimy substance hardens and sticks to the pipes,” said Glenn Gallas of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central Arkansas. “Our service professionals are on call 24/7, so we can repair the plumbing emergency and get our customers back to their Halloween activities and guests.”

The trick to keeping pumpkin pulp and seeds from causing plumbing problems is being cautious when removing and disposing of the remains.

Mr.

Trick or Treat downtown Camden

Trick or Treat downtown Camden

Calling all kids! Bring the kids downtown for all the candy and goodies their bags can hold.

Downtown Trick or Treat will be held Monday, Oct. 31 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at participating merchants and churches. Walk the streets of Downtown Camden for a good ol’ trick or treat time.

For any questions, please call the Chamber of Commerce at (870) 836-6426.