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“Biggest Loser” program will begin in January

Pine Bluff Arsenal Recreation Services will begin a “Biggest Loser” weight loss program Jan. 3. The program will last 12 weeks, and includes both areas of fitness and nutrition. There are no group meetings and no group weigh-ins. The program is designed to work with a participant’s everyday life.

Participants must be registered in the program and will be issued a participation card upon registration. Weigh-ins will be required once a week, and are strictly confidential, between participants and the instructor. Body fat percentages will also be measured.

Participants are required to work out at least three days a week and the participation card must be signed by a recreation attendant. At the end of the program, the amount of weight lost in pounds, body fat percent lost and total inches will be added up for a final score.

Stuff in the Bluff nominated for 2011 Rhythm of Gospel Award

Stuff In The Bluff (www.stuffinthebluff.com) has been nominated for The 2011 Rhythm of Gospel Awards.

They've been nominated in the category of Internet Media Group of the Year!

Kim Jones Sneed, founder and publisher says, "I give all honor and glory to God for allowing us to receive this wonderful recognition.  As always, we greatly appreciate the continued support and prayers of our fans!

UAPB fraternity donates 100 toys to Stuff the Sleigh


Members of the fraternity served as elves delivering nearly 100 items to a local Wal-Mart located on Bowman Street in Little Rock. Upon hearing about the cause from Today's THV This Morning (Channel 11), Alice 107.7, and Stuff the Sleigh, Inc. that toys were needed to meet this year's wish list for Arkansas's foster children, members of the chapter leaped into service.

Members of the chapter purchased and accepted donations of nearly 100 items to be disbursed to children all over the state. The team that delivered the toys was also given a special treat, they were interviewed on live television and broadcast all over the state.

Update: More than half of U.S. households don't have life insurance

This is at a time when adding that little extra protection for your family is at its most affordable.

Hero Central: Fire crews grant terminally ill girl her wish

Mary Wilson fell in love with Jazmin Corssley seven years ago and even considers her one of her grandchildren.

"She is one big heart and is all love," says Wilson.

She has a lot of love for life, despite her terminal disease-tuberous sclerosis, which caused tumors on her kidneys, lungs and brain.

"Her mom tells me she is getting forgetful and she is in pain and it causes moods," says Wilson.

Her mother was too shy to go on camera, but says she reads bible scriptures to Jasmine every night as she clings to life. Her classmates made a blanket for her. Friday, the Pine Bluff Fire Department surprised her at school with another gift. Captain David Johnson and his crew drove brought her toys and drove her home in a fire truck.

"It feels good. This is one of the best parts of our job," says Johnson.

University employees set for 2 percent pay raise

Gearhart told the Northwest Arkansas Times on Thursday that the university has made salaries a high priority but that it's difficult to provide raises when the state fails to provide any new funding.

Classified employees include support staff such as administrative assistants and janitors. They received a pay adjustment on July 1 to match similar adjustments for the university's state employees. But officials say some of the school's classified workers had not received a pay raise for cost of living for two years.

The pay raises will take effect on Jan. 1. Staff Senate Chairwoman Angela Black says the raises "will help families maintain a living wage."

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Health Dept., UAPB lead tobacco free campaign

The Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office (MISRGO) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, will host the 40 Days to Freedom Training Session, Thursday, December 9th from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Hilton AD Suite of the Little Rock Hilton Metro (925 S. University Avenue; Little Rock, AR).

The 40 Days to Freedom is a culturally-tailored and spiritually-inspired tobacco cessation program for the African-American community. The training session will serve as an opportunity for faith-based leaders and representatives to learn how they may each contribute to the anti-tobacco efforts taking place in Arkansas. The session will be lead by Revered Elaine P. Mangrum Walters, a nationally-known preacher, author, speaker and teacher.