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AETN’s ‘Minority Matters’ addresses health concerns July 29

Posted 26 Jul 2012

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The Arkansas Educational Television Network’s (AETN) new monthly series “Minority Matters,” which provides a dedicated forum for discussion and exploration of issues affecting Arkansans from a minority perspective, will explore minority health concerns in the next episode Sunday, July 29, at 4:30 p.m. 

Panelists will discuss minority health concerns, current health care trends and how minority health issues are being addressed in minority populations across the state. Also featured will be the Minority Health Commission, their purpose and current projects, and a one-minute “Health Matters” segment – provided by Phyllis Hodges, owner of Carousel Fit-4-Life Wellness Center – suggesting ways to exercise indoors and beat the summer heat.

Panelists sharing their experiences and health care expertise include: Dr. Jocelyn Elders, former U.S. Attorney General; Dr. Idonia Trotter, executive director, Arkansas Minority Health Commission; and Dr. Emilio Tirado, general surgeon. 

Host Sylvester Smith also interviews Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes, co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, covering such topics as physical activity, nutrition, blood pressure, cholesterol and childhood obesity. 

“Minority Matters” host Sylvester Smith is a local businessman and community leader. Smith publishes the Web-based ink Magazine and serves on the Arkansas Real Estate Commission. He is a graduate of Philander Smith College and earned his MBA at Harding University. 

“Minority Matters” airs the last Sunday of each month at 4:30 p.m. and repeats the following Thursday at 6:30 p.m. This episode repeats Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m.