Thursday, May 27, 2010

Donate Blood to our Troops!

Here's a great way to remember the real reason we observe Memorial Day.  On Tuesday, June 1st. the Mobile Blood Unit from Ft. Bragg will be at the National Guard Armory in Winston-Salem  accepting blood donations.  All blood collected at this drive is specifically designated for use by our troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Here are the details:
ASBP Blood Drive 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

National Guard Armory on Silas Creek Parkway. MAP
Call (336) 408-7280 or (336) 766-8436 for an appointment
or walk-in to donate for our troops!

Kids Love Travel!

Seriously...George and Michele Zavatsky write THE BEST travel books for families.  I refer back to my Kids Love North Carolina book all the time!  Their new book, Kids Love I-95, features "500 Kids Tested Fun Stops & Unique Spots from the Mid-Atlantic to Miami".

Here is a link to their website,  You can buy the book there.

Jeepers Creepers! Take Care of Your Peepers!

Thanks to Dr. Amy Harper from Harper Eyecare in Kernersville for joining us on the Morning Show today to discuss Eye Health.   For more information about Dr. Harper's practice, visit her website:

Here is some info about  eye health according to the National Eye Institute:

Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes

Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.

Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. When it comes to common vision problems, some people don’t realize they could see better with glasses or contact lenses. In addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.

During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, your eye care professional places drops in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil to allow more light to enter the eye the same way an open door lets more light into a dark room. This enables your eye care professional to get a good look at the back of the eyes and examine them for any signs of damage or disease. Your eye care professional is the only one who can determine if your eyes are healthy and if you’re seeing your best.

Know your family’s eye health history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.

Eat right to protect your sight. You’ve heard carrots are good for your eyes. But eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard 1greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.

Wear protective eyewear. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home. Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for a certain activity. Most protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. Many eye care providers sell protective eyewear, as do some sporting goods stores.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Xtreme Eating 2010

Anyone on a diet knows that sometimes it's tough to make good choices when dining out. But, some restaruant meals are just over the top when it comes to fat and calories! Check out this list of the most extreme restaurant meals as compiled by the consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CPSI): Xtreme Eating 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010


Mad Science of the Piedmont is gearing up for another fun season of summer camp!  Sign your child up for a week of learning disguised by fun!   They have locations all over the Triad.  For more information visit their website:

Friday, May 14, 2010

Save Money! is a website that helps you get the best deal on gas, credit cards and wireless phone plans. 

Here is a description from their website: 

"BillShrink is a free cost-savings tool that works continuously to save you money on your everyday expenses. Given the vast number of complex offers and plans, such as those from the major mobile carriers and credit card issuers, chances are pretty good you’re paying more than you need to.

We make it simple to compare what you’ve got to what they’re offering. And if you’re like most people, that means significant savings. Isn’t that just how things on the Web should be? Incredibly useful, simple and free."

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Find it Farm Fresh!

I am super excited about the opening of a farmers market in
Kernersville this weekend.  There is just nothing like fresh fruits
and veggies...they are healthier and tastier than the store bought
variety and buying them supports our local economy.  Below is
some more info about the Kernersville Farmers Market. 

Also, if you'd like to find a farm or farmer's market in your
town, this website is a great resource:

The Kernersville Farmers Market is located in front of the
Kernersville Town Hall at 134 E. Mountain Street, Kernersville.
The Kernersville Farmers Market is a joint venture of the
Chamber ofCommerce, KDPDC, Kernersville Rotary Club,
Town of Kernersville and local farmers.

Farmer’s Market hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, May 15 - October 31, 2010.

All products sold at the Market must be grown or agriculturally
related andmade of farm products by the person or family selling
the product. Only home grown or home made products from the
following counties may be sold: Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance,
Randolph, Davidson, Davie, Yadkin, Stokes, Surry, Rockingham,
Caswell and Montgomery. No buying and reselling of produce
or other products is allowed.

For more information or Vendor Application contact Arnold King at

Monday, May 10, 2010

Ratty Sneakers Become a Valuable Life Lesson

Check out this awesome story about Ben Hedblom, a Florida High School senior who learned a valuable life lesson by wearing the same pair of shoes for 4 years straight:

Monday, May 03, 2010

Gettin' Fit With Allen

Allen Branch for Fitness One in Kernersville shared these tips on staying safe, healthy and avoiding injuries while getting fit.

Deal with your aches and pains right away!
  • For minor aches--Ice Therapy .  Try the "Dixie Cup" method of freezing water in Dixie Cups and using the cups to give yourself a targeted ice massage
  • Serious aches and pains--see the doctor.
Stay Hydrated!
  • To see how much water you lose when working out, weigh yourself before you work out and then after.  The weight you lose during that workout is the water you have lost, and that needs to be replenished.
  • Sports drinks have their place in rehydration, but unless you are a serious athelete dealing with huge fluid loss, water is a fine, calorie free substitiute.  You can water down your Gatorade to cut sugar and carbs.
  • Water & a banana are a great post-workout way to rehydrate and replenish.
For more information about these topics or any of the awesome programs offered at Fitness One, email Allen: