Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the flu outbreak and vaccination effectiveness is Secretary of Health for Pennsylvania Dr. Rachel Levine, M.D.
Also, health officials point out that the first three months after a pregnancy are a critical time for maternal health. Calling it the fourth trimester, it is a time when mental health and physical health may intersect.
Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss these and other game management issues are Biologist Chris Rosenberry, Ph.D., head of the Deer and Elk Section, and Travis Lau Pennsylvania Game Commission Communications Director.
Also, wildfires are devastating the countryside throughout Australia. Lebanon County native Jordan Brown is studying in Australia and joins us on Smart Talk with his personal observations and photos of the bush fires.
Tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated markedly over the past several weeks following the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. drone.
The Trump administration initially said Soleimani was targeted because he was planning imminent terrorist attacks. Now, the administration says the killing of Soleimani was part of a strategy to fight worldwide threats against U.S. interests. There was great concern in the aftermath of his death that the two nations could go to war.
Then, global attention shifted to Iran after Iranian forces shot down a passenger jet, killing all on board and drawing world-wide condemnation. Iran says the plane was shot down accidentally. Demonstrations against the government have followed in Iran leading many to hope this is a sign of mass public dissent.
The situation with Iran remains very unstable even while the broader threat of war appears to have dissipated.
It’s a new year and maybe you have set a few resolutions. Perhaps you’ve decided to make a resolution not to make any more resolutions?
In either case, health and wellness are always top of mind after the holiday season and all the indulgences.
Maybe you plan to start a new exercise plan or purchase a gym membership? There are many fitness programs and activities available in Central Pennsylvania. There outdoor activities, of course, in addition to fitness boutiques that are new on the scene. How do you know what the best options are for you and your lifestyle?
Joining Smart Talk to discuss fitness trends and the benefits of an active lifestyle at any age are Brittany Holtz, registered yoga instructor and founder of Studio B Power Yoga with studios in Annville, Hershey and Mechanicsburg, and Laura Deitch, owner of Pure Barre in Mechanicsburg and Lancaster, and a certified Pure Barre Instructor.
Also, if you are committed to being active and healthier in the New Year that may mean taking a closer look your nutrition and diet.
Appearing on Smart Talk to shed some light on healthy eating as part of a healthy lifestyle are Mary Swindlehurst, registered nurse and diabetes educator with WellSpan Health and Peggy Lovelace, Dietitian, also with WellSpan Health.
They are sometimes characterized in popular culture as lazy, entitled ‘snowflakes;’ disrespectful labels that carry over into the workplace.
The Millennial generation faces more than just pervasive stereotypes, they also deal with an employment climate that is much different than their parents. Gone are the days of full-retirement pensions, theirs has been called a do-it-yourself retirement system.
Now that Millennials make up the largest portion of the U.S. labor force they also bear the tax burden for older generation’s pension benefits – benefits they will never enjoy.
So, given the changing climate, how are Millennials preparing for retirement?
Joining Smart Talk to provide insight on retirement and career planning for Millennials are Jonathan Turner, author of Stop Faking It Start Making It, James Honchar, senior Human Resource Business adviser with PHEAA and Catherine Azeles, investment consultant with Conrad Siegel, a Retirement, Investment, and Healthcare employee benefit and investment advisory company.
Smart Talk makes a road trip to the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show for Friday’s program.
Agriculture has been described as Pennsylvania’s number one industry because it has such an economic and cultural impact on the state. So, any change in policy, the economy, weather and climate or consumer tastes affects Pennsylvanians.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding appears on Friday’s program to describe the “state of agriculture” in the Commonwealth. Topics to be addressed include a new farm bill signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf and the on- going trade war with China and other nations that impacts farmers.
Also, the state’s dairy farmers are hurting. Consumers are drinking 40% less milk since 1975 and milk prices have been low for a long period of time. Dave Smith, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association joins us on Smart Talk.
Finally, a growing and thriving business in Pennsylvania is craft beer. The state leads the nation with production of 3.7 million barrels of beer a year. We’ll learn more about craft beer and a Farm Show Beer competition on Smart Talk.
The concept behind the initiative that began in 2015 is to show officers that their sacrifices are recognized and appreciated. A simple thank you will go a long way to ease the negativity often directed toward police officers and troopers.