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Better heart health with a smarter grocery list

Better heart health with a smarter grocery list

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined and it's the number 1 killer of women. That's why all of us at THV 11 are committed to raising awareness on the issue. One way we can do that is by changing our grocery lists for the better.

Grocery shopping isn't always easy, especially when you're trying to cut calories unless you know where to look.

To keep your blood pumping - you need to keep your eyes peeled. Alexis Sims with the American Heart Association, tells you exactly what to look for. She said, "You can always look for the heart check mark and we found one here. That means you can grab it and go, you don't have to take the time to to look for other products because you know it has lower sodium, lower cholesterol."

THV EXTRA: Arkansas high school's helmet safety ratings

THV EXTRA: Arkansas high school's helmet safety ratings

UNDATED (KTHV) -- Football is a favorite past-time for many Arkansans, but it's also a fairly violent sport which can be dangerous. For the players, there are risks, specifically for young players. Many studies show high school football is the sport with the highest concussion rate.

It's been nearly five years since Timothy Robinson last played football. He can barely speak and is confined to a wheel chair. His mom is now his primary caregiver.

"There are times I cry a lot and you know what else can I do?" Evelyn McGhee says.

During a game, the 18-year-old Alabama high school student suffered a traumatic brain injury after a simple tackle. His family later sued the helmet maker. The company settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount of money.

Blood donation events in Pope County for Feb.

Blood donation events in Pope County for Feb.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 3, 2014) — Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Pope County in January

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Pope County in January

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ARC) — With a new year come many resolutions to form good habits and achieve personal goals. The American Red Cross encourages those who are eligible to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

Donated blood can give patients in need more time with loved ones. Blood can be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more. In fact, about every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

As winter continues, donations are especially needed, with many donors unable to give due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood and partake in a lifesaving resolution by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Pope County:

Drivers needed for Disabled American Veterans

Drivers needed for Disabled American Veterans

UNDATED (KTHV) - Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is looking for volunteers to drive our nation's Veterans to and from medical appointments.

Volunteers would be able to ensure that Veterans living remotley from a VA hosptial will not go without treatment. This is a much needed service.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, visit: http://on.kthv.com/HV9GqX

For more information on DAV, Visit: http://on.kthv.com/19qSpfh

Blood Drive events for the month of Nov. in Pope County

Blood Drive events for the month of Nov. in Pope County

Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Nov. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Zolafest to benefit 5 children with cancer

Zolafest to benefit 5 children with cancer

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Zolafest) - Zola is the daughter of Victor and Brandy Prati.  She was born on October 27, 2011 and was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma on Friday, April 5, 2013. A very rare cancer, Hepatoblastoma occurs in 1.6 of every 1,000,000 children a year. There are only 50-70 new cases a year in the U.S. and it accounts for 1% of all pediatric cancers. On April 8, 2013 the doctors did surgery and discovered cancer on Zola's liver. They inserted a port so that she can receive chemotherapy. The doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri performed a life-saving liver transplant June 24, 2013.   She recently finished with additional chemotherapy treatments at Arkansas Children's Hospital.