Archive | January, 2010

Living Smart: Brain Fitness with John Byrne

Living Smart: Brain Fitness with John Byrne

Posted on 29 January 2010 by Michelle Reed

In this episode, John Byrne PhD, a professor and department chairman at the University of Texas in Austin, uses his scientific expertise in neurobiology to discuss ways to keep your mind sharp from simple mental tests to everyday activities that can keep your brain fit. Byrne’s suggestions are extremely practical and an easy way to incorporate brain stimulation into your everyday activities.

This episodes’ Green Tip features Carol Baker, Chair for the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE).

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To learn more about Byrne, brain fitness and Baker and the Alliance for Water Efficiency, visit the Living Smart webpage here.

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Living Smart: Dealing with Change featuring Dr.Herb Agan

Living Smart: Dealing with Change featuring Dr.Herb Agan

Posted on 22 January 2010 by Michelle Reed

In this episode, Dr. Herb Agan, a family therapist and professor at the University of Houston, reveals the unseen opportunities in a crisis. Agan discusses ways to effectively deal with and explore the inherent possibilities of change.

This episode’s Green Tip features Courtney Roberts and how she makes safe pet products from the comfort of her own home.

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To learn more about Dr. Agan and dealing with change, visit the Living Smart webpage here.

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Living Smart: Knowing What is in Our Food Supply with Robyn O’ Brien

Living Smart: Knowing What is in Our Food Supply with Robyn O’ Brien

Posted on 16 January 2010 by Michelle Reed

In this episode, the author of “Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Makes us Sick and What We Can Do About it,” Robyn O’ Brien discusses what she discovered with the food we eat during her own investigations as a mother. She explains what in our food supply is making us sick and what we can do about it.

This episode’s Green Tip features Marcella Murff and community gardening.

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To read more about O’ Brien and learn more about the topic discussed in this video, please visit the Living Smart webpage here.

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Living Smart: Getting into the Right College with Dr. Beth Dennard

Living Smart: Getting into the Right College with Dr. Beth Dennard

Posted on 15 January 2010 by Michelle Reed

In this episode, Dr. Beth Dennard, an educational advisor is an expert when it comes to finding the right college for your children depending on their needs and personalities.

This episode’s Green Tip features Richard Johnson and Spencer Howard and how to transform a simple dorm room into a green living space.

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To learn more about Dr. Dennard and college selection, visit the Living Smart webpage here.

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Living Smart: Moral Intelligence with John Bradshaw

Living Smart: Moral Intelligence with John Bradshaw

Posted on 08 January 2010 by Michelle Reed

In this episode, author, counselor, theologian and lecturer John Bradshaw discusses his newest book Reclaiming Virtue, which discusses the definition of virtue and how to live life with moral intelligence. Referencing his own experiences as a former seminarian and recovered alcoholic, Bradshaw takes these theological and philosophical concepts and applies them to everyday life. Bradshaw draws on decades of psychological, social, and theological expertise he has used in numerous lectures and previous books.

This episode’s Green Tip features Mona Metzger and the Houston Green Scene.

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To learn more about John Bradshaw and moral intelligence, please visit the Living Smart webpage here.


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Living Smart: Sugar Free Schools and the Link Between Nutrition and Success with Dr. Yvonne Sanders Butler

Living Smart: Sugar Free Schools and the Link Between Nutrition and Success with Dr. Yvonne Sanders Butler

Posted on 01 January 2010 by Michelle Reed

In the season six premiere, educational health advocate Dr. Yvonne Sanders Butler discusses the link between proper dieting and academic performance.

Dr. Yvonne Butler grew up as the 6th of 8 children in a sharecropping family who had little notion of healthy eating. Her wakeup call came in 1996, when she suffered a massive stroke- which was attributed to a lifetime of overeating and unhealthy eating. “I tell people that ignorance is killing people,” she says. “When I almost had a stroke, I had four educational degrees, but yet I didn’t have the knowledge and understanding that I needed to take care of myself in terms of my nutrition and fitness.”

As the principal of an elementary school she saw the effects of poor nutrition on her students. She then risked her job and invested her own money to start a school-wide campaign for a sugar-free zone as well as a healthy eating program at her school. Immediately after creating the Sugar-free Zone, she saw drastic improvements in her students mentally as well as physically.

Today, Dr. Butler has retired as principal and is the President and Founder of Ennvoy, Inc., a company which provides comprehensive health and wellness intervention, consultation, and support. She also is a noted author whose book, Healthy Kids, Smart Kids, discusses the impact of diet and exercise on learning and academic performance.

This episode’s Green Tip features Tami Nelson, a Houston mother who owns the green baby boutique BeBe Verde.

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To learn more about Dr. Sanders Butler and information about the topic, click here.

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