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 Warning: Sexting and middle-schoolers

 Warning: Sexting and middle-schoolers
Did you know that 20 percent of middle-schoolers or at least the ones with phones that can send and receive texts, report receiving a sexually explicit message, otherwise known as a sext? That's one of the more surprising facts in a study released recently in the journal Pediatrics. We've all heard about sexting, but I think we tend to think of it more as a high school thing, not a middle school thing. But according to the Youth Risk Behavior Study, it's a middle school thing too. Stud....

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 Eating healthy does not have to be expensive 

Eating healthy does not have to be expensive
With the high price of restaurant and take-out food, try making meals at home instead. You can control your food dollars by buying the healthy foods you and your family enjoy in the exact amounts you need. Getting the whole family involved is a great way to plan and prepare the meal, and you have control of nutrients, when you make it at home. Use these tips to make healthy choices while staying within your budget. Create a Plan: Plan meals and snacks for the week according to your foo....

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 Blue Bell to encourage blood donations on July 18
 Blue Bell to encourage blood donations on July 18
Hoping the Little Rock community will get a taste for helping save lives, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Blue Bell Ice Cream and the American Red Cross are offering a sweet reward for all who come to give blood at the hospital on July 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 6 Children’s Way, East Campus, Children’s Hall in Little Rock. All presenting blood donors at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital blood drive will receive their choice of a pint of Blue Bell ice cream or....

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 Making the most of your Cash Value Benefit Making the most of your Cash Value Benefit
The Cash Value Benefit (CVB) is a check you can use to purchase fresh or frozen fruits or vegetables of your choice. Women and children WIC participants receive CVBs as part of their monthly food package. Depending on client category, WIC participants receive CVBs of $8 to $15 each month. Look for the amount your family receives on your WIC CVB check. Your WIC purchase of fruits and vegetables must be less than or equal to the CVB dollar value on your check. If you go over your CVB doll....

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 11 teens die per day from driving and texting 11 teens die per day from driving and texting
There’s an epidemic sweeping across the country that leaves 11 teens dead every day. No, it’s not disease-related but instead distraction-based as nearly a dozen teens. Texting while driving is the leading cause deaths teen in U.S. Perhaps the bigger problem currently facing families is the fact a new study Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed found 4 out of 10 teens have engaged in this risky behavior. “Whereas we know that drinking and driving there’s impairment, with text....

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 American Heart Association celebrates First American Heart Association celebrates First "Vestido Rojo" in Arkansas
On Saturday, May 31, the American Heart Association of Arkansas the ADH Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Arkansas Human Development Corporation, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Baptist Health Outreach, Blue & You Foundation, ConnectCare, UAMS SAVES, UA Division of Agriculture Pulaski County Extension services, UAMS, Ventanilla de Salud Mexican Consulate, ¡Hola! Arkansas, community leaders and organizations held the first Hispanic Vestido Rojo (Red Dress) event in the st....

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 Men’s top-5 health risks Men’s top-5 health risks
The top five causes of death for Hispanic men are cancer, heart disease, accidental injury, stroke and diabetes. To stay healthy for the rest of your life, make these lifestyle changes: Don’t smoke or use any tobacco, expand your diet to healthier choices, less salty foods, keep a healthy weight, get moving exercise at least 30 minutes every day, limit alcohol to no more than two drinks a day. Find healthy ways to manage your stress; daily exercise is one of the best. Health screenings ....

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 Cooking on a budget?   Cooking on a budget?
An easy way to save money is to eat out less and make more meals at home. Plus, you will be able to control what you eat when you make healthy meals at home. The following recipe is taken from the Arkansas WIC Cookbook Let’s Cook! Healthy Meals for the Whole Family which uses several WIC (Women, Infants and Children) approved foods. The recipe lists the number of servings, serving size, and the nutrition facts for each serving of the recipe. The cookbook has over 80 recipes and healt....

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Consumer Alert: Use of electronic cigarettes and other vapor products
The Arkansas Department of Health is issuing this Public Health Advisory to consumers and is advising caution when considering e-cigarettes, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), and vaping devices. These devices contain and emit harmful chemicals, are currently unregulated, and pose known and unknown health risks to users and non-users alike. Dangers: E-cigarettes/vapor products contain chemicals, including nicotine. Nicotine is toxic and highly addictive and affects the nerv....
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Mental health awareness month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an observance dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and educating communities about the importance of mental health for overall health and wellness. Hispanics have a higher risk of suffering from mental illness. According to the Office of Minority Health (OMH), 3.6 percent of Hispanic adults present serious psychological distress, compared to 3.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites. Stress, anxiety and other mental health challenges aff....
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WIC participants to see an increase in dollar amount each month
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) final food rule went into effect May 5, 2014. Although WIC agencies across the country have been operating under an interim food rule since October 1, 2009, this final food rule brings even more positive changes to the food packages and diets of WIC participants. Most of the new changes will take place October 1, 2014. However, t....
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You have the power to save your life
Among Hispanic and Latina women, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. They are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage and more likely to have aggressive cancers. Regular screening mammograms can find cancer early and save your life. Finding it early means you may have more treatment options. A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breast. It can be done in a doctor’s office, hospital or clinic. Medicare, Medicaid and most private health insurance will pay for mammo....
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Identifies the symptoms of allergy
Pollen doesn't mean to bug you. It's there to help plants reproduce. But if you inhale it, it can cause allergy symptoms such as: sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy throat and cough. It's a lot like a cold, plus a sore throat and hoarseness, and you usually get it like clockwork when the plants that make the pollen that bother you are blooming. 5 ways to keep pollen out of your home: close your windows and outside doors. Avoid using window and attic fans during pol....
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What you may not know about generic drugs
An easy step by the FDA could make taking generic drugs safer. As of now, you might not know all the generic's side effects. According to Allison Zieve, director of litigation for the watchdog group Public Citizen, that's because of old FDA rules and a 2011 Supreme Court ruling. "If the labeling on a generic drug has failed to advise you of a safety risk, the Supreme Court has held you cannot sue the manufacturer unlike a brand name company." She said the FDA is proposing a change which ....
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Uninsured rate falls to lowest in the US
A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released has found. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index provides independent validation for White House claims that the law is expanding access, particularly for working people with no coverage on the job. But the improvement, while substantial, doesn't appear as large as some of the numbers claimed by the law's supporters. Gall....
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