Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the U.S., and anyone from infants to adults can be a poison victim. Josephine Darwin from the Tennessee Poison Center talks about poison risks and prevention, and what to do in case of a poison emergency.

More than 123,000 men, women and children currently need lifesaving organ transplants and every 10 minutes another name is added to the list. Dawn Benjamin, senior public educator coordinator from Tennessee Donor Services discusses organ donation and transplants.

More than 24 percent of Tennesseans smoke, which is much higher than the national rate of 18 percent. Marcella Bianco from the Tennessee Department of Health talks about the importance of reducing tobacco use to improve your health and resources to help you do it.

Did you know if you take drugs during pregnancy, they can pass through the placenta to your baby in the womb?

Then because they are no longer receiving the drug after birth, the newborn infant may suffer painful symptoms of withdrawal. This is called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and it’s a growing problem in Tennessee and across the country. If you are expecting a baby and are using drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, ask your health care provider for help with stopping as soon as possible to help keep you and your baby safe.



Jason Boylan from Third and Church Health Care talks about how to know where to go to get the appropriate level of care when an injury or illness strikes; walk-in clinic or emergency room.

Rebecca Morris from the Metro Nashville Health Department talks about the prevalence of smoking in Tennessee, and how to kick the habit.

Dr. Michael Warren with the Tennessee Department of Health discusses infant mortality and the importance of safe sleep practices for babies.

Did you know approximately one in five pregnant women in Tennessee smokes during her pregnancy?

If all pregnant women in the United States stopped smoking, there would be an estimated 11 percent reduction in stillbirths and a five percent reduction in newborn deaths. If you need help to stop smoking, talk to your doctor or check out the information available at smokefree.gov.

Did you know quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by almost 90 percent?

But whenever you quit, there are increasing benefits over time. Within weeks, your circulation improves and your lung function increases. In just months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease. And after one year, the risk of coronary disease is half that of a continuing smoker. These are just a few of the benefits of quitting smoking for good. For help quitting, call the Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW

While making the choice to live healthier can be difficult, “Healthier Tennessee” is dedicated to encouraging Tennesseans to live healthier lives. Rick Johnson from The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness talks about Healthier Tennessee and the small steps you can take that add up to a healthier life.

Did you know nearly 25 percent of Tennessee adults smoke?

This is according to the United Health Foundation’s “America’s Health Rankings.” To change your habits, start small. Make a list of things you can do to keep your hands and mind busy when a tobacco craving strikes, like drinking a glass of water, taking a quick walk around the block, chewing gum, or calling a support person. Small starts like these can help you kick the habit.

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