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 WIC participant’s rights and responsibilities WIC participant’s rights and responsibilities
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy foods, referrals and other services to individuals who qualify. In Arkansas, almost 80,000 program participants received benefits each month. As part of the qualification process for the Program and before any benefits can be issued, the Participants Rights and Responsibilities must be read by or to the participant, or guardian of a child or inf....

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 What is the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? What is the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
October is SIDS Awareness Month. Most of us have heard of SIDS but we all still have questions about it. What is SIDS? What causes SIDS? How can I prevent or reduce my baby’s risk of SIDS? The following information should help answer some of these common questions. SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is the sudden death of a baby less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained by a health condition or injury. About 2,000 babies die each year from SIDS and it is the leading c....

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 First case of virus D68 confirmed in Arkansas First case of virus D68 confirmed in Arkansas
KATV Channel 7 Little Rock, AR The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has received confirmation through laboratory testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first case of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) causing respiratory illness in Arkansas. The patient is a child located in the northern part of the state, according to the ADH. The state also has about a dozen additional samples being tested by the Centers for Disease Control. The virus has infected hundr....

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 Improving the lives of the elderly and adults with disabilities Improving the lives of the elderly and adults with disabilities in Arkansas
The Social Security Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act are government programs that have vastly improved the lives of the elderly and adults with disabilities throughout our country. In Arkansas, the Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), promotes the health, safety and independence for these groups. While many individuals need the assistance provided in a nursing home, others may choose to live at home or other community setting and take an....

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 Being hungry is a health issue Being hungry is a health issue
Deborah Courson Smith Arkansas News Service A new report issued by Feeding America lends new insight into the breadth of hunger issues across the U.S., and how close hunger comes to many Americans. The report indicates one in seven Americans currently turns to a food bank for help, and of those who go to a food bank, about 40 percent have education beyond high school while one in 10 is a student working toward a higher education certification. Andrew Bell, marketing manager with the Mi....

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 Growing a family garden  

Growing a family garden
Gardening is a great way to have fun as a family. Children, especially, enjoy planting, caring for, and harvesting fruits and vegetables. Gardening can also be a relaxing way to be physically active. And growing fruits and vegetables can help save money at the grocery store. Children benefit from helping in a garden in many ways. Gardening teaches responsibility as children learn to care for the plants. It teaches patience as children watch the plants grow and produce fruit. Garden....

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 The high cost of not breastfeeding 
The high cost of not breastfeeding
News reports about the high cost of health care for our nation may not mean much to you as an individual. You might be thinking that the problem is with drug companies and health care providers charging too much. You might also be thinking that you cannot possibly make a difference in lowering the cost of health care. There are many factors that play a role in why health care costs are so high. Did you know that breastfeeding is one way that families can lower their own health care costs a....

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 Breastfeeding helps a baby’s brain to grow Breastfeeding helps a baby’s brain to grow
Every parent wants their child to have a better chance in life than they had. They want them to be smarter and get a better education. A good education can lead to getting a better paying job. Parents work hard to give their children the best things they can afford to help them be smarter and achieve more in life. While many factors can affect your baby’s brain growth and development, new studies show that breastfed babies are smarter when they get older. More seems to be better when i....

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Arkansans spot the dangerous 'kissing bug'
A dangerous bug known as the "kissing bug" has been spotted in Arkansas. According to the CDC, nearly 300,000 people may be infected with the disease these bugs are known for carrying in the south. They got their name because they prefer to bite around the eyes or mouth. There are no confirmed infections yet, but one Jonesboro woman found the bug in her home and immediately posted it to social media. She said her first instinct was to kill it, but it wasn't easy. "Not knowing that wasn....
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Autism rate has increased
One in 68 children in the United States has now been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, according to new centers for disease control and prevention numbers. Overall, the new report mirrors earlier estimates, finding that autism is roughly five times more common in boys than in girls. One in 42 boys were affected, compared to just 1 in 189 girls. White children were more likely to be identified with autism than black or Hispanic children. It’s still not precisely known wha....
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Tips for a great school day
There are various habits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. But one healthy habit in particular, the routine of having a nutritious breakfast every morning, is one that can positively impact your family. A nutritious breakfast is important to fuel your body and brain after an overnight fast, and provide the nutrition you need to start the day. For parents who want their children to be their best, good nutrition at breakfast can make all the difference. In fact a good breakfast is ju....
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National breastfeeding month and world breastfeeding week
August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), which is held every year from August 1-7. The theme for this year is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal For Life!” This shows the importance of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. To help meet this goal, Arkansas has two breastfeeding laws supporting breastfeeding families. The newest law, in effect since July 1, 2009, requires employers to give reasonable unpaid break ....
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Improve your eyes with fruits and vegetables
You may not realize just how many foods in some of your favorite recipes contain ingredients that benefit the health and wellness of your eyes. Robert Irvine, Food Network celebrity chef, understands just how critical it is to include eye healthy foods as part of your diet. The right foods can help you maintain healthy, enhanced vision and see your best. "Whether I'm cooking on the set or at home with my family, I always try to prepare dishes using the freshest and most colorful ingr....
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August is immunization awareness month
Every year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month is recognized. Vaccines help protect your child and others from serious and life-threatening illnesses. Many people have concerns and questions about vaccines. Here are a few that may help you understand the importance of immunizations. What are vaccines? Vaccines are made from a small amount of weakened or killed viruses and bacteria. When a vaccine is given, most often by an injection (shot), the body makes antibodies (proteins....
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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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