Now Hear This is a conversation with leaders in Indianapolis that are working to improve the lives of Hoosiers. Our goal is to empower you to join in their work and make a difference while informing you about the unseen aspects of life in Indiana. This show has come to an end. Thanks for listening.
Arianna Cruz on MORE Magazine (Making Opportunities Reachable for Everyone)
Arianna Cruz joins us to share about a new magazine that highlights the areas of Fashion, Conscious Living, Sustainability, Diversity, Equality, Inclusion, and Philanthropy. Read your copy at https://www.moremagazine.org/.
Children’s Bureau + Families First Announce Merger
Two of the oldest nonprofits have announced a merger. Andra Martinez is the VP of Communications and Development for the Children’s Bureau + Families First, and she joins us to share how this move will better serve families in crisis within Indianapolis. Visit their website here: https://www.childrensbureau.org/
Major General A.C. Roper, Deputy Commanding General of the Army Reserve at Fort Bragg
Major General A.C. Roper, Deputy Commanding General of the Army Reserve at Fort Bragg, joins us to discuss his remarkable career in the U.S. Army Reserves in tandem with his career as Police Chief of Birmingham, Alabama.
Julie Simpson on Heart Health for American Heart Month
Julie Simpson, an Independent Nurse Practitioner with MedExpress joins us to discuss heart health.
The month of February, which is recognized as American Heart Month, provides an opportunity to reinforce awareness of heart health and encourage Americans to take steps to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease through the adoption of healthier behaviors and lifestyles – especially during a pandemic.
And now, with COVID-19, people with certain heart conditions must be even more vigilant about practicing a healthy lifestyle and taking care of their heart by eating healthy and exercising to try to protect it from harm. The virus attacks the respiratory system which can weaken the lungs making the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body. This added stress can be harmful for people with heart disease.
Heart disease is the number one killer of both American men and women, according to the CDC. In addition, other cardiovascular conditions, such as high blood pressure or hypertension, are far too common. In fact, 1 of 2 adults in the United States suffers from high blood pressure, which when uncontrolled can have serious health consequences. The American Heart Association states that some individuals experience few or no symptoms before having a heart attack or stroke. Periodic cardiac screening tests and blood pressure checks can detect issues before symptoms develop, which can help to prevent major health issues down the road.
A Kid Again Indiana Executive Director Katie Pappas
A Kid Again Indiana is an organization with a mission to support kids with life-threatening conditions and their families by giving illness a time-out through year-round adventures. Indiana Executive Director Katie Pappas joins us to talk about their mission. Their website is https://akidagain.org/chapter/indiana-chapter/.
Having a child with a life-threatening condition is a reality no family wants to face. But the reality is every year, more than 27,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. We’re trying to get the word out to eligible families in the greater Indianapolis area about how they can take advantage of the support from A Kid Again.
Finding moments of joy and escape from the fear and anxiety of medical appointments and treatments is so important not just for the child, but for the parents and siblings as well. Whether it’s a virtual magic show or a day at the zoo, A Kid Again helps families feel a sense of normalcy through consistent activities at absolutely no cost to the family. And this matters. More than 90% of families served by A Kid Again report increased feelings of hope and that their family was strengthened because of the support from A Kid Again.
Indiana Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Chris Grey on Sports Betting
On this week's show, we talk to Chris Gray, Executive Director of the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling about the expansion of gambling in Indiana and how that affects Hoosiers.
The Indiana Council on Problem Gambling strives to generate awareness, promote education, and be an advocate for quality treatment of problem gamblers in the State of Indiana. The ICPG was founded in 1996 by a group of individuals and organizations whose goal was to ensure that help was available for problem gamblers in a time of increasing types of legalized gambling in Indiana. The ICPG seeks to work with all individuals and organizations involved in gaming activities that address problem gambling in Indiana. The Council believes that success will result from these partnerships. Their website is http://indianaproblemgambling.org/. If you or a loved on may have an issue with gambling, please call the Indiana Problem Gambling Help Line number for more information (800) 994-8448.
An Excellent Look at Indy
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