Plan to Stay Safe

Plan to Stay Safe

September is National Preparedness Month, which promotes planning for emergency disasters within your home or in your community. The 2019 theme of the campaign is “Prepared, Not Scared.” With Hurricane Dorian in the news right now, it’s a perfect reminder for us how important it is to have an emergency plan of action. Emergencies don’t have to be hurricane related; being prepared also applies to […]

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Summer Safety

Summer Safety

We are now past the mid-point of summer, but the hot temperatures show no sign of mercy. August is National Heat Stroke Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to review some tips for staying safe in the sweltering, southern heat. It’s especially important right now as school is back in session and athletes are starting football practice, marching band and other activities that require […]

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Sun Protection Done Nature’s Way

Sun Protection Done Nature’s Way

It’s common knowledge that our bodies need and sometimes crave vitamin D. It’s easy to get a good dose of vitamin D from taking in some sunshine, but we also know that too much sun puts us at risk for sunburn and damage to our skin. Wearing sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) is a good idea, but there are also sunscreen benefits […]

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World Population Day

World Population Day

Thursday, July 11 is World Population Day. This is a special day that was first observed in 1989 to recognize the number of people living in the world. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s International Data Base, the world population reached 7.5 billion just last year, on June 13. The population is projected to reach 8 billion in 2025. The World Population Clock is a […]

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Free Fishing This Week

Free Fishing This Week

Looking to head out into the great outdoors this week? It’s National Free Fishing & Boating Week! This week has been celebrated annually since it was officially recognized with a presidential proclamation by President George W. Bush in 2002. According to the website, takemefishing.org, there are many benefits to getting on the water for boating and fishing fun. Connect with family and friends. Make it […]

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Chill Out

Chill Out

    With the springtime growing season in full force, many people will soon have an abundance of fresh veggies and produce. Do you know which to refrigerate and which to leave out? For some items, it’s really a matter of preference. But there are some foods that will actually be ruined if kept in the refrigerator. The Farmers’ Almanac online has published a helpful […]

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Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke Awareness Month

  May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to learn more about living a heart healthy lifestyle to help prevent stroke and heart disease. It’s also helpful to know the warning signs of a stroke in order to help yourself or someone you love in an emergency. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently recorded a message to showcase the signs of someone […]

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The History of Easter Eggs

The History of Easter Eggs

  Dyeing Easter eggs is a long-standing tradition that goes back hundreds of years. It is believed that Persians first colored eggs, followed by ancient Egyptians and then Greeks. In all of these cultures, colored eggs were exchanged to celebrate the arrival of spring. Eventually, colored eggs became a symbol of fertility and rebirth of nature. The idea of dyeing eggs was brought into the […]

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National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week

  April 7-13 is National Volunteer Week in America. The designation was established in 1974 by a Presidential Proclamation in order to show appreciation for people who volunteer their time for community service, and also to showcase volunteer opportunities within communities. According to the latest Volunteering in America report, there were 77.3 million adults who gave volunteer time that totaled 6.9 billion hours in 2015. […]

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Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

Daylight Saving Time has arrived and Spring Break has brought warmer temperatures with lots of bright sun. The first official day of spring is Wednesday, March 20. It’s about time to see if that famous groundhog really knows what he’s talking about. After Wednesday, the amount of sunlight we experience will increase ever so slightly each day until the beginning of summer. That alone is […]

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