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Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Consider this: Where would you turn for advice on assisting a loved one affected by Alzheimer's? How will your basic needs be met should your child become ill with cancer? What kinds of chemicals and additives are in your food -- and how is it affecting your health?

Do you know where to go to even get these answers?

Earlier this spring I was able to attend an event at War Memorial Stadium called "Little Rock Serves," which is sponsored by Create Little Rock, an arm of the Little Rock Chamber.

20th Century Club's Lodge

20th Century Club's Lodge

Did you know that 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year? Maybe you know someone who has cancer or is receiving treatment — a friend, relative or a coworker. And it’s possible they travel to central Arkansas where a number of the nation’s premier cancer treatment facilities are located. Being far away from the comforts of home during this challenging time can be both frightening and frustrating. That’s why the 20th Century Club’s Lodge was founded — to make a difference in the lives of patients by giving hope away from home.

In a typical year, the 20th Century Club’s Lodge provides about 1,500 nights of no-cost housing to more than 240 patients. Our Lodge is more than a place to stay — it is a caring, compassionate environment that builds a bridge of hope over a chasm of worry.

Ark. National Guard organizes drug takeback

Ark. National Guard organizes drug takeback

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas National Guard will assist in the prescription drug Takeback this year in an effort to help prevent the illegal use or misuse of prescription drugs in the state.

According to the 2007 Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) survey, Arkansas had the worst teen prescription pain reliever abuse problem in the United States.

Body Back Week 8: Program's over. Now what?

Body Back Week 8: Program's over. Now what?

Little Rock Family Editor Jennifer Pyron faces the next challenge: sustaining the progress she's made once the Body Back program ends.

Conference recognizes those who care for elderly

Conference recognizes those who care for elderly

FERNDALE, Ark. -- When my great-grandmother became increasingly ill a few years back, my parents scrambled to find care for her. If we'd known about the types of resources that the Arkansas Gerontological Society made available, we might have had a smoother transition in her final weeks.

The AGS had their Spring Conference in the last week of March, and I went down to have a look. Vendors like AARP, The Longevity Center, the Arkansas Health Care Association, Amedisys Home Health and others made themselves available to answer questions and consult with the public. I had a nice chat with Tiffany of Alzheimer's Arkansas, and sat in on the AGS awards ceremony.

Folks from all over the state came to network with each other and discuss caregiving for the elderly. More information is available at www.agsociety.org.

"Get The Facts" Youth Forum

"Get The Facts" Youth Forum

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- The HOPE Community Coalition of Jefferson County will host their “Get The Facts” Youth Forum on Tuesday April 12, 2011 at the Boys and Girls Club  2701 Reeker St. from 5-6 pm. The winner of the “Anti-Alcohol Ad Contest” will be announced at the forum. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Mrs. Carol Mendenhall at camendenhall@yahoo.com.

Seven super foods we seldom eat

Seven super foods we seldom eat

Tired of eating the same stuff over and over? Consider adding these nutritious, delicious choices to your dining repertoire.