For the past decade, Arkansas health officials have taken significant steps to curb obesity in the state. But Arkansas still ranks third nationally in the percentage of obese adults, at nearly 35 percent of its total population last year. On Thursday and Friday, more than 60 public health experts and officials from around the state will convene at Petit Jean Mountain for a summit to assess ideas for dealing with the epidemic over the next ten years. KUAR’s Chris Hickey spoke with two officials about previous policy efforts and what Arkansas can do about obesity in the future.
A new federal report says more Arkansas residents have enrolled in health coverage through the HealthCare.gov website that's in place to facilitate insurance sign-ups as part of the government's health care overhaul.
The Wednesday report says nearly 18,000 Arkansans completed applications through the new marketplace. When adding in family members who would be covered, the applications totaled about 34,600 people. The numbers are from activity on the website from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.
Dr. Michael R. Twyman, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, reflects on the influence Mandela had on his life in this essay:
As a lawyer and activist, Nelson Mandela, the first democratically-elected president of South Africa spent almost his entire life fighting against injustice in his country. During 27 years of imprisonment, he continued to influence people all across the world with his message of equality. His message was heard loud and clear in American, the South; and it had a huge impact on the views of the youth of my generation – especially me.
The community of Sherwood is unhappy with a section of the proposed Pulaski County Desegregation Settlement involving three school districts and the state of Arkansas. Members of the Sherwood Education Foundation spoke Wednesday at the Bill Harman Recreation Center of how the proposed settlement would prevent their city from easily carving its own school district out of the Pulaski County Special School District.
Labor unions and their supporters are encouraging Arkansas legislators and federal lawmakers to close policy loopholes they say favor corporate interests over small businesses and workers’ rights.
A report released by the Economic Policy Institute and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, shows changes in the tax code could result in a fairer system that strengthens economic growth.
Jim Nickels represents an AFSCME Council in Arkansas.