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How safe is your family feast?

How safe is your family feast?

Tips for Serving Buffet-style

(Little Rock) – A popular way to celebrate holidays or any party occasion is to invite friends and family to a buffet. However, this type of food service where foods are left out for long periods can leave the door open for uninvited guests — bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Festive times for giving and sharing should not include sharing foodborne illness. Here are some tips from the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline to help you have a SAFE holiday party.

Safe Food Handling
Always wash your hands before and after handling food. Keep your kitchen, dishes and utensils clean also. Always serve food on clean plates — not those previously holding raw meat and poultry.

AETN provides statewide update on HIV/AIDS

AETN provides statewide update on HIV/AIDS

 

In recognition of World AIDS Day, a panel of experts will look at HIV and AIDS in Arkansas during “HIV/AIDS in Arkansas,” airing tonight at 6:30 p.m. on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).

Panelists will discuss AIDS 30 years from the first diagnosis in 1981, AIDS in people over age 50, statistics, trends, common risk factors, myths, transmission, diagnosis, treatment and support services and programs. Experts include: Derrick Newby, program administrator for Delta Region AIDS Education and Training; Krissten Bagwell, special services program coordinator for ARCare; Dr.

AETN examines Social Security, Medicare for Arkansans

AETN examines Social Security, Medicare for Arkansans

 

“Will Social Security and Medicare be There for You?” will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

This program will discuss what the future holds for Social Security, Medicare and aging Arkansans.

According to AARP Arkansas, more than 600,000 Arkansans rely on Social Security and/or Medicare benefits. No state has a higher percentage – 63 percent – of older Americans relying on Social Security for 50 percent or more of their family income.

The Social Security Administration recently announced a 3.6 percent benefit increase for 2012. This is the first cost-of-living adjustment since 2009.

Red Ribbon Gospel Celebration raises awareness

Red Ribbon Gospel Celebration raises awareness

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission presents a “Gospel Celebration” in recognition of World AIDS Day 2011, Thursday, Dec. 1 at St. Mark Baptist Church “Getting to Zero”

The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to disproportionately affect minority segments of the population. Since 2010, minorities have accounted for 44 percent of all reported cases of HIV in Arkansas. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) remains committed to creating awareness about HIV/AIDS and to educating the public about prevention and the real possibility of getting to zero new infections. 

In addition to a gospel concert, the evening will feature speakers from the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas legislature, and individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Alzheimer's: Know the signs

Alzheimer's: Know the signs

Early Detection Empowers Families to Plan for the Future

 

Little Rock, AR, November 16, 2011 – The holiday season is a time families gather and spend quality time with loved ones. It is also a time that can raise questions about the cognitive health of aging family members. With Alzheimer’s disease in particular, it is important to know what it is and what it is not normal aging.  Below is a list of warning signs along with examples of normal aging.  If you notice any of the warning signs in your aging family members, it is recommended that you see a doctor. 

 

Alzheimer’s Association 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.  One of the most common signs of Alzheimer's is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information.

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.

HAPE to host World AIDS Day Dec. 1

HAPE to host World AIDS Day Dec. 1

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The HIV/AIDS Peer Educators (HAPE) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will host World AIDS DAY, Thursday December 1 with a program at 11:L00 a.m. in the John McLinn Ross theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center followed by an AIDS walk on L.A. “Prexy” Daivs Drive.

 

The free, public event will feature presentations by Regina Waits, HIV/AIDS Regional Resource Coordinator for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Region VI (AR, LA, NM, OK & TX); and HIV advocate Bob Coffey.

 

Waits serves duties as the HIV/AIDS Regional Resource Coordinator include providing technical assistance, training and outreach support to communicate HIV/AIDS prevention messages at the community level and developing partnerships that specifically focus on testing and stigma within minority populations.