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Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is giving local heroes from across the country a chance to win a custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. One of the local heroes nominated for the competition is from right here in central Arkansas.

Becky Justice, a 38-year-old from Cabot, has been proving people wrong most of her life. Affected with Spina Bifida*, Justice said she fought her school in the early 1990s to make the campus wheelchair accessible rather than giving in and finding a different school. Now, she’s trying to once again to gain her independence through a contest made possible by NMEDA.

 “I was told that I helped to start the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) because of my part in helping to make the school wheelchair accessible,” Justice wrote on her NMEDA entry.

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 White County for Feb.

Blood donation events in White 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 White County in January

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for White 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 White County:

Program to combat obesity in Arkansas set for December 12-13

Program to combat obesity in Arkansas set for December 12-13

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Dec. 2, 2013) — The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will host an invitation-only program in December titled New Frontiers in Combating Obesity: A 10-Year Plan for Arkansas. The result of the two-day summit will be the formation of a plan to combat obesity in Arkansas.

The two-day summit — developed with an advisory committee comprising state leaders in health and education — will be held Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13.

“Obesity is a complex epidemic with far-reaching health and economic implications,” said Dr. Joe Thompson, Arkansas surgeon general. “It’s a battle we can’t afford to lose and one that will require all hands on deck to win.”

Thompson, along with other health care leaders such as Dr. Joe Bates, deputy state health officer, and Dr. Dan Rahn, chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will participate in the summit, as will other leaders from the education and community sectors.

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

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

Nov. 19 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy, Ark.

Nov. 22 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy, Ark.

Nov. 26 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy, Ark.

Nov. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Searcy High School, 301 N. Ella in Searcy, Ark.

Nov. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Searcy High School, 301 N. Ella in Searcy, Ark.

Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Searcy Fire Department, 501 W. Beebe-Capps in Searcy, Ark. (complimentary T-shirt for presenting donors, while supplies last)

Nov. 29 from 1-5 p.m. at First Security Bank, 1801 W. DeWitt Henry Drive in Beebe, Ark. (complimentary T-shirt for presenting donors, while supplies last)