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National HIV test day is Saturday

National HIV test day is Saturday

Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Inc., in partnership with Covenant Faith Praise and Worship Center, presents the third annual National HIV Testing Day event.

Join us for fun, food, live music performances, HIV testing, and education!

When: June 23, 2012 from 10 am to 3 pm

Where: 9900 Brockington Rd. Sherwood AR, 72120

The first 100 testers will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. There will also be a Career Fair, Vendor Booths, and more. Services are Free of Charge. Come, test, eat, and fellowship with the community!

UAPB hosts AIDS summit

UAPB hosts AIDS summit

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will host the Campaign To End AIDS (C2EA) Southwest Regional Summit June 8-9 in the John M. Ross theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Jefferson ranks 50 in number of healthy Arkansas counties

Jefferson ranks 50 in number of healthy Arkansas counties

County-by-county rankings show what influences health, longevity
 
The third annual County Health Rankings were released Tuesday. The Rankings are an annual check-up that measure how healthy people are and how long they live in more than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia.

These New Ads Might Shock You – They Might Also Save Your Life

These New Ads Might Shock You – They Might Also Save Your Life

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a national education campaign that depicts the harsh reality of illness and damage real people suffer as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.  The ads show the toll smoking-related illnesses take on real people and their loved ones.  Viewers in Arkansas will see the ads from March 19 to June 9.
 

Philander Smith hosts Minority Health Summit

Philander Smith hosts Minority Health Summit

Arkansas Minority Health Summit 2012, Philander Smith College

April 20, 2012, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

Join public health leaders from around the country for a full day of activities designed to provide learning opportunities about new and emerging trends focused on health equity for minority communities in Arkansas.

Opportunities are available for vendors and sponsors.  Registration is now open for individuals or groups who are interested in attending.

Get your plate in shape

Get your plate in shape

Coalition Educates Children, Adults on What, When and How to eat to be Healthy, Combat Obesity

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Feb. 28, 2012) – March is National Nutrition Month® and a good time to “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Arkansas was named the ninth most obese state in the country, according to the eighth annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In addition, nearly one-third of our state’s adults – 30.6 percent – are obese.

While these statistics are staggering, they represent only part of the health problem in Arkansas.  Obesity is a primary contributor to serious chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.  According to the Arkansas Department of Health, 53 percent of Arkansas adults are living with at least one chronic disease.  

Girls get ready for 'Camp iRock'

Girls get ready for 'Camp iRock'

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is now accepting applications for Camp iRock 2012, to be held June 3-9 at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center seven miles west of Little Rock. Camp iRock is a free, week-long experience that takes advantage of interactive dialogue, workshops, and exercises to promote physical activity, healthy lifestyles and self-confidence in young girls.

The common threads among diseases that disproportionately affect minorities are poor nutrition and obesity. As a result of this epidemic, the AMHC voted to add nutrition and fitness as an overarching focus. Camp iRock was created to curve the impact of poor nutrition and obesity in Arkansas. The 2012 camp will focus on empowering young girls with the tools they need to improve their health and lifestyle choices.