The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 15 percent of the nation's children and adolescents are obese. Who's to blame? Is it the parents? The schools? The fast food industry?
Many experts say that when we promote healthy eating habits in children we may be teaching the most important lesson they will ever learn. But does childhood obesity necessarily lead to adult obesity? What adult health problems are related to being overweight as a kid?
Friends Jill Vanderkam and Nancy Bell of Tampa gain strength from each other as they tell their powerful stories about being raped and finding the courage to recover. Both talk openly in the community about their experiences and have fought hard for changes in attitudes and laws to protect others from one of society’s most vile crimes.
Music credits: The Red Pony (The Gift) by Aaron Copland, Copland: Music For Films, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra RCA/BMG
Dunedin City Commissioner Julie Scales loves politics. Since her youth, she has been involved with and impassioned about the political process, civil service and the wide range of issues big and small that affects us all. She and former Pinellas County Commissioner Sallie Parks discuss her life as a politician, the impact that has had on her family, and one fateful meeting at the League Of Women Voters that launched her career.
Music credits: American Girl by Tom Petty, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,
Gone Gator Records
New plants around the state are gearing up to produce ethanol. Is bio-fuel the answer to our energy problems or does it cost too much to produce? This week’s guests say a switch to homegrown fuels can provide relief from our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and while it’s not a “silver bullet,” it is an important piece of the alternative.
With real estate prices at an all time high, the prospect of owning a home is nearly unimaginable for many Floridians. Now some lower income workers are having trouble finding housing to rent. Faced with rising taxes, insurance and other costs, landlords are passing the financial burden along to renters.
On this week’s Florida Matters, WUSF’s Carson Cooper discusses the issue of affordable renting with tenants, landlords and housing experts.
Astoria Nickerson, a successful college graduate, wife and mother, tells her son Andrew about her pregnancy and his birth nine years ago when she was a teenager living all alone far from home. Andrew, now a proud big brother and thriving grade schooler, listens intently to how they survived together. His mom gives back to the community today by serving as a member of the board of directors at Alpha House of Tampa, the home for pregnant and parenting women in crisis that took her in and helped her get back on her feet after Andrew’s birth.
Music credits: Can’t Take My Eyes Of Off You by Frankie Valli, Anthology, Rhino Records