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St. Vincent Tour de Paul 5k has Olympic Trials Qualifier

St. Vincent Tour de Paul 5k has Olympic Trials Qualifier

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The St. Vincent Tour de Paul 5k will be held April 9 this year.  Details are at https://www.stvincenthealth.com/tourdepaul/index.html.

This year we will have 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier, Leah Thorvilson – find her at this link http://www.leahthorvilson.com/ , who is from Little Rock and a UALR graduate, running in the race.  Leah will participate in a Catch Me If You Can event as part of the race.  Runners pay extra to be given a head start and Leah will catch up and outrun them. 

The Tour de Paul 5k is one of three St. Vincent events scheduled April through May. There is a tennis tournament and golf tournament.  See Link above.  All of the events are fundraisers for the Longevity Center at St.

ARMEA targets bullying, suicide with new campaign

ARMEA targets bullying, suicide with new campaign

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Mental Health Education Association is hosting Dr. Robert Brooks, who will present “The Power of Mindsets: A Strength-Based Approach for Working with Angry and Resistant Youth” from 8:40 am to 2:30 pm.

It all starts March 10 at the Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center. Our luncheon will kick off our anti bullying/suicide prevention campaign through a memorial tribute to Chandler Barnwell, a student with Asperger’s Syndrome who took his own life after being bullied.

Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe is the special guest attending our afternoon wrap up session at 3 p.m., showcasing the “In Our Own Voice” Youth Panel consisting of young people who participated in The First Lady’s Listening Tour in 2007.  The Listening Tour focused on access to mental health care and helped create the Governor’s Children Behavioral Health Care Commission.

EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

UNDATED -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting grant applications for $100,000 in funding to support projects designed to educate and enable communities to understand and address local health and environmental issues.

These grants are available in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Eligible applicants from non-profit, faith-based and tribal organizations working in the community of the proposed project are encouraged to apply.

EPA Region 6 will award four grants of $25,000 to support projects that address a community's local environmental issues through collaborative partnerships.

How does your brain work?

How does your brain work?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- What happens in an emergency room? How does our brain work? Find out at GENERAL HOSPITAL/BRAIN AWARENESS, a special educational event at the Museum of Discovery, March 10-12, 2011.

Thanks to underwriting from the Arkansas Bioscience Institute and the Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, the first 464 visitors on Saturday, March 12 will get free admission to the Museum of Discovery. First come, first served. Demonstrations and hands-on activities are designed to teach elementary and high school students about brain and nervous system function, and what may go wrong in certain disorders of the nervous system.

"The human body is amazing," says Susan Bennett, Museum educator. "Although we study human anatomy and physiology in school, we often forget how wonderful it is on a daily basis.

Get your free screening at the health fair

Get your free screening at the health fair

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Baptist Health will host its annual Head North to Health Fair where hundreds of participants each year over the last 20 years have received free health screenings. In some cases those screenings have even saved lives.

The screenings will be given 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 19 on the lower level of McCain Mall in North Little Rock.

Hospitals expand westward to serve boomers

Hospitals expand westward to serve boomers

by Mark Freidman

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - With the rise in the number of aging baby boomers and more Americans having access to health insurance, Little Rock hospitals are gearing up for a wave of patients by expanding their services to west Little Rock.

The move out west makes sense for the hospitals because the demand for health care services is going to increase as baby boomers age, said Paul Cunningham, the senior vice president of the Arkansas Hospital Association.

"That's where the population is growing," Cunningham said.

In addition, more Americans also are expected to take advantage of health care services as a result of the health care reform act signed by President Barack Obama in March.

Hospitals expanding services to west Little Rock is "just a move to make health care services more accessible," Cunningham said.

(Copyright 2011 Arkansas Business. All rights reserved.)

WLR grocer offers lifestyle program

WLR grocer offers lifestyle program

LITTLE ROCK, AR —Just in time for the New Year’s focus on health, Whole Foods Market announces its new “Health Starts Here” offering products, education, practical tools and wellness resources to promote healthy lifestyles.

As is repeatedly reported in scientific studies, this past year the Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended a more plant-based diet that emphasizes vegetables, beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, and nuts and seeds to promote health and help reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Shoppers can find Health Starts Here products and resources at all Whole Foods Market stores and online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthstartshere.