Monday, April 14, 2014

The Health Wagon is sponsoring two Health Fairs this week. They are Wednesday, April 16th from 9am-4pm at the Health Wagon in Wise, Va and Thursday, April 17th from 9am-4pm at the Freewill Baptist Church in Clintwood, Va. To learn more about the Health Wagon or the Health Fairs call 276-328-8850.

The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner. If you can't be at the races, we have the next best thing. The Spine Health Foundation is off to the races and running for high stakes to benefit disadvantaged individuals who suffer with spinal disorder or injuries. The SHF will host Derby Day on Saturday, May 3rd at the Pavilion on the Olde Farm in Bristol, Va. For tickets call 423-467-2087.

Daniel Sage will perform tonight at the Pickin' Porch. The show is at 7pm. All Pickin' Porch shows are performed live every Monday night at 7pm at the Foundation Event Facility located at 620 State Street in Bristol, TN.  Learn more about the Pickin' Porch.

The 12th annual Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition will be held May 29th-June 27th. This year, the contest and exhibition will be at the Kingsport Art Guilt Gallery and the Atrium at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. For more information, call 423-914-5453.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Marsh Regional Blood Center is showing its gratitude for the support of its youngest donors with a new event to help them achieve their academic dreams. Marsh Regional will host a golf tournament Friday, April 25th at 11:30am at Warrior's Path Golf Course. For more information or to register, call 423-408-7500.

Our Healthy Living Segment focused on soy. Soy is a nutrient-dense food which may help prevent diseases and can assist with weight management. There are many wonderful forms of soy. Whole soy foods as opposed to supplements or isolates include:

o   Edamame – (immature, green soy beans)

o   Soynuts           - whole soybeans that have been soaked in water, drained, and baked or roasted to produce a delicious, crunchy snack food

o   Fortified Soymilk - made from pressed, mature soybeans mixed with water and usually some sugar or sweetener. Good substitute for cow’s milk if you are lactose intolerant or allergic, or eat a vegetarian or vegan diet. Most brands are fortified to contain the same amount of calcium and vitamin D as a glass of cow’s milk.

o   Tofu - also referred to as bean curd, is a soy product that is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the curds into blocks. Tofu comes in different varieties from soft to extra firm,

o   Tempeh - soy product that is made by fermenting soybeans and binding the fermented whole beans together into a cake form. Tempeh has a savory flavor and firm texture

o   Faux meats that list the first ingredient at “tofu” - Tofurky – [organic tofu is first ingredient]

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's been seven years since that mass shooting at  Virginia Tech. More than 30 students and faculty were killed. In memory of the victims, Blood Assurance and local VT organizations will host a blood  drive. The blood drive is Wednesday, April 16th noon until 7pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va.

A series of classical, jazz and traditional musicians will grace the lawn of the Martha Washington Inn in April to showcase their violin, brass and 1930s charms.  the next free concert is Sunday, April 13th from 1pm-3pm. For more information click here.

With Easter right around the corner what better way to celebrate than with the YWCA eggstravaganza. This is the 11th year for the event. It will be held Saturday, April 12th from 9am-1pm at the YWCA. The pancake breakfast and pictures with the Easter Bunny are available from 9am-11am. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Reservations are required so call 423-968-9444.  

An Advanced Health Care Directive allows you to state what you want for your own medical care if you are unable to make decisions. Each year in the United States April 16th is designated as Healthcare Decisions Day. This day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of Advance Directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions. Learn more about Advanced Health Care Directives.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Appalachian Sustainable Development is looking for participants in its "Grow Your Own" program. ASD will teach you how to farm so you can feed your family and make money at the same time. To register call 276-623-1121 or visit ASD.

The Paramount Chamber Players will wrap up their season with several concerts. They are:
Friday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, Tenn;
Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tenn and
Sunday, April 13, 3:00 p.m at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Va.

Tickets available at the door are $12 General Admission, $10 Seniors and students are admitted free. Visit the Paramount Chamber Players to learn more.

Come join the fight against cancer with the American Cancer Society by participating in the first annual Bristol Half & Half. Run in one city across two states for one great cause! The course will start at Virginia High & end at the Stone Castle at Tennessee High. The race is Saturday, April 12th. Click here to learn more.

The Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center is sponsoring at "4 mile for 4-H" adventure run and walk. The event is Saturday, April 26th at 9am at the 4-H Center in Abingdon, VA. To learn more or register, call 276-676-6180.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014