Friday, May 31, 2013

Free Fun Friday: May 31

Happy Friday everyone!

We've decided to start a new post each week with a list of free events for families in our viewing area. If you have a FREE event you'd like to us to include please send information to or share it with us on our KATV Good Morning Arkansas Facebook page.

Sunday, June 2 Wildwood Park for the Arts is hosting Building WILD! Community in West Little Rock from Noon-4 p.m. Wildwood invites members of the West Little Rock community to come out for a picnic and fishing gathering to get to know your neighbors and the Park. They do suggest you bring fishing poles, blankets, and a picnic (or you can bring cash to purchase food and drinks on site). There will be lawn games for the families to enjoy and tours of the gardens and indoor theatre at Wildwood Park. Wildwood Park for the Arts is located at 20919 Denny Road in Little Rock. You can find more information at or by calling 501-821-7275.

Sunday, June 2 & Monday June 3 The Hot Rod Power Tour will make 2 stops in Arkansas. On Sunday, the Tour will be in Texarkana, Ark. Then, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds from Noon-7 p.m. This is event is free for spectators, but there is a fee to register a car. For more details visit

Wednesday, June 5 The Little Rock Marathon & Go! Running have partnered to host a Free National Running Day Run/Walk. The event is at 6 a.m. at Murray Park in Little Rock. This is a great chance for those thinking about starting running to meet other runners & get started. Although the event is free, registration is required. To register visit

Wednesday, June 5 a new event called Jazz in the Park kicks off in downtown Little Rock this Wednesday. Each Wednesday night in June and July from 5:30-7:30 p.m. a different jazz group will hold a FREE concert in the History Pavilion of Riverfront Park in Little Rock. Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers are the performing for opening night.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ways to Eat Healthy While Traveling with the Family

Thanks to Rhonda Monfee, a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian with Conway Regional Health System for sharing these great tips for keeping the family healthy, even when traveling.

Eating out while traveling can be a great experience and be healthy at the same time! If we can eat healthy 80 percent of the time, we can have a 20 percent splurge and still achieve our healthy, weight control goals.

While traveling with the family on vacation, here are some easy ways to navigate to healthier eating:

Have a plan, go to a grocery store and pack a cooler 

  1. Ask all family members to help pack snacks so no one is skipping meals on the way and getting too hungry
  2. During the trip, instead of stopping at fast food, stop at a grocery store and get milk, yogurt,  100% juice boxes , fruit, bagged veggies, nuts, hummus, peanut butter…  this helps cut out junk  
  3. Eat frequently, and in smaller amounts, emphasizing protein with each meal to improve fullness feeling (will have samples- “protein” bars)  Skipping meals leads to overeating at the next opportunity.
  4. When stopping at the gas station, try to avoid high sugary, high fat, deep fried foods and limit high powered energy drinks, which all add up to flaring tempers and even more stops to go to the restroom. Look for:
    1. Single-serving, whole-grain breakfast cereals and cartons of milk with fresh fruit.
    2. Fresh made sandwiches to order, choose turkey or ham sandwiches.
Try to choose full service restaurants that offer more healthy choices for the whole family.
  • Since the body is designed to eat about every 4 hours while we are awake, small meals throughout the day are recommended.
  • Meals should be approx 300-500 calories each (Break, Lunch, Supper)
  • Snacks should be approx 100-150 calories each (mid-morning, mid-afternoon)
  • New guideline for restaurant chains with 20 or more locations: They are required to report calorie contents of food for customers who are ordering inside or drive-through. This is important for consumer education! 
When fast food is the option, try our top picks:  (Try to limit fast food to one time per day)

  • McDonalds – Breakfast – Egg McMuffin or  Oatmeal with nuts, fruit or Yogurt Parfait
  • Taco Bell – Lunch – Fresco Crunch Chicken Tacos, Beans/Rice
  • Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, salad on side with baked potato OR grilled chicken sandwich/chili
  • Subway 6” turkey with cheese, apple slices, water
  • Arby’s Roast Beef Classic or Turkey Sandwich or Roast Chicken Farmhouse Salad
  • CHICK-FIL-A Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich with Salad

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

4 Steps to Achieving the Perfect Sunless Tan

Thanks to Augusta Andrews of B. Barnett for sharing some tips for getting a summer glow...without the sun.

1.  Exfoliation is the #1 most important process when applying tanner.  There are so many exfoliating options from gels to lotions to a Clarisonic body brush!

2.  Choose your type of tanner by what works best for your skin.  You can choose a gradual tan formula or instant if you prefer.  There are tanning gels, foams, lotions, and even tanning towels.  Choose whichever is most convenient for your skin type.

3.  Moisturize your skin AFTER your tanner is applied.  Wait 10 minutes to apply your favorite moisturizer.  It will help to smooth out any spots or streaks and help you achieve a longer lasting tan.

4.  Don't forget your face!  You can use a bronzer for added color or even choose a darker tinted makeup for summer!