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Komen awards grant money to MLK

The Komen North Louisiana Affiliate awarded MLK Health Center & Pharmacy $50,013 to continue our work in providing quality breast screening and education to Northwest Louisiana women. Komen’s bold goal is the reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. MLK Health is doing its part to help achieve that goal by offering screening mammograms to women across Northwest Louisiana thanks to the generous funding award from Komen North Louisiana Affiliate. Thank you Komen for being...

He had to decide if or when to take his insulin…

The clothing store where Ahmad works doesn’t offer health insurance. This forced him to make difficult choices when he became diagnosed with diabetes. He had to choose between if or when to test his blood sugar. He had to decide if or when to take his insulin. Listen to Ahmad’s story. Ahmad eventually became a patient of MLK Health. We help him manage his diabetes through regular clinic appointments and our community pharmacy. He learns how to live well with his...

The price of medications keeps rising

Give the gift of health and hope on Give for Good. Schedule your gift today. The price of the most popularly prescribed medications rose 6 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to GoodRX. Diabetes drugs alone rose 15 percent last year. The results are devastating for the uninsured. “People legitimately cannot afford to get their medications filled. If they did, they wouldn’t eat,” says Dr. Dana Clawson, Dean of the College of Nursing and School of...

Chronically Heal: A KSLA Original Documentary

KSLA ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY REVEALS CHALLENGES IN ACCESSING AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. on KSLA News 12 Available now on KSLA News 12’s Roku and Amazon Fire TV channels  SHREVEPORT, LA — An estimated 15 percent of residents in Northwest Louisiana have no health insurance because they don’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and can’t afford private insurance. This means thousands of people in our community have virtually no access to doctors and medication as the costs of health care...

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. According to the CDC, heart disease doesn’t just happen to older adults. It’s happening to younger adults. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people ages 35-64 are putting them at risk for heart disease. Check out Grey’s 2 minute video to learn more! ...

Are improved sleep quality and stress management part of your resolutions?

Don’t Forget About Sleep & Stress We are coming to the end of our New Year’s Resolutions video series. We hope these informational videos have helped you set resolutions you can stick with all year long. In our final video we want to talk about sleep and stress. Proper sleep and healthy stress levels are the foundations for “living our best life.” We spend 30% of our life sleeping. But are we getting quality sleep? The first step in improving your sleep quality...

Exercise should be more than just burning calories…

Resolution: Exercise More Getting in shape is one of the biggest New Year’s resolutions people set for themselves. Being more active is a great goal. In fact, the CDC recommends people get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week. (Or one hour twice a week with a 30-minute walk on the weekend. Remember to take a big idea and create realistic weekly goals.) If being more active is your New Year’s resolution, we have a few tips for you. Check out...

Master Gardener’s Association Awards MLK Health Grant

The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners are proud to announce the 2019 recipients of NWLAMG Community Grants. NWLAMG awards grants to organizations and municipalities that support beautification and horticultural education within our community.  Of particular interest are projects that make a difference in the community, that are sustainable, and involve collaboration among local organizations. The NWLA Master Gardeners awarded a total of $18,575. The winners of the community grant program are: Cope Middle School – $905 –Cope Middle School is planning to add...

Let’s Talk About Food

Resolution:  Eating Healthier Let’s talk about food. Eating healthier is a common New Year’s resolution for many people. “Eating healthier,” however; is a broad goal that can quickly become overwhelming.  Check out Grey’s quick video on ways to get started. Remember to avoid the “perfection pressure.” Grey mentioned the negative effects of sodas and sugary drinks. Does that mean you have to stop drinking sodas altogether? Not necessarily. Assess how many sodas you drink in a day. If it’s 3 –...

New Year, New You?

Did January 1st fill your inbox with email after email about some “New Year, New You” program? We certainly had our share of those emails. January is filled with excitement and hope for the year ahead. Unfortunately, 80% of New Year’s resolutions are dead by February. Why? Because our New Year’s resolutions are often vague and unrealistic.  Perfection, rather than progress, is our standard measure of success. We quickly become discouraged because perfection is not only hard but overwhelming. What if we reframed our resolutions?...