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Act F.A.S.T. to Survive Stroke

Act F.A.S.T. to Survive Stroke

Editor’s Note: This article, the third in our heart-health series, focuses on strokes and what Arkansas has done to reduce them. Strokes are a type of heart disease. Many of the lifestyle choices and treatment options associated with strokes are also the same as for...

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7 Tips for Healthy Hearts

7 Tips for Healthy Hearts

A key part of heart health is exercising your heart muscle. Just like all other muscles, your heart needs regular exercise to stay healthy. “Couch potatoes” are twice as likely to develop heart disease as active people. Inactive people have more doctor visits, illness...

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Manage Diabetes by Taking Care of Your Heart

Manage Diabetes by Taking Care of Your Heart

Editor’s note: In this, the ninth article in our year-long series on diabetes, learn about diabetes’ most serious complication. Diabetes and heart disease are closely linked. What is harmful for diabetes almost always makes heart disease worse; and vice versa. Both...

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Keep Your Health Insurance on Arkansas Works

Keep Your Health Insurance on Arkansas Works

Are you worried about your health coverage? The Private Option program for Medicaid expansion has been replaced with Arkansas Works. However, most people who had health insurance through the Private Option in 2016 will not see much change to their coverage in 2017...

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Tips for Managing Diabetes

Tips for Managing Diabetes

EDITOR'S NOTE:  In the eighth in our year-long series on diabetes, the focus is on the specifics of effectively managing this chronic disease. It is possible to live a long and healthy life, even with diabetes. The key to living well with diabetes is learning how to...

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Blood Donors Needed NOW

Blood Donors Needed NOW

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during a severe winter blood shortage. Your donations can help save the lives of people you know in your community – even you or a family member. Hectic holiday schedules for many...

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Decreasing Unintended Pregnancies Among Teens

Decreasing Unintended Pregnancies Among Teens

The costs of unintended pregnancy to the individual and to society are substantial. Teen childbearing cost Arkansas taxpayers at least $129 million in 2013 for about 4,155 teen births. Nationally, teen childbearing costs taxpayers at least $9.4 billion each year....

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12 Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving

12 Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving

There is one way that a drunk driving arrest can be a good thing. It can provide an opportunity for the offender to recognize he or she has a problem with drinking, especially when driving. A 2002 study revealed that most first-time offenders who entered a “driving...

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Weight Closely Linked to Diabetes

Weight Closely Linked to Diabetes

Being overweight is the number one risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Weight is also directly linked to prediabetes. It’s harder to treat diabetes if you’re not at a healthy weight. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism – the way your body uses food and...

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