WEDU Launches New Season of SMART HEALTH

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Hosted by Angie Moreschi, WEDU's SMART HEALTH premieres its new season on the last Thursday of each month at 9 pm beginning on March 31. Each 30-minute episode features breakthrough advancements in medicine, healthy aging, innovative treatments and personal triumphs -- real life stories that provide practical advice, insight and inspiration.

SMART HEALTH, WEDU's three-time Emmy award-winning magazine-style medical series, is now part of HealthyState.org - an innovative new public media project focused on providing the latest medical and health information available to all Floridians. From game-changing research, to cutting-edge technology and timely information designed to provide insight on issues related to health and wellness, HealthyState.org empowers citizens with the tools and information needed for a healthier life - via PBS television stations, NPR radio outlets and various websites and social media forums throughout the State.

Hosted by Angie Moreschi, SMART HEALTH premieres its new season on the last Thursday of each month at 9 pm beginning on March 31. Each 30-minute episode features breakthrough advancements in medicine, healthy aging, innovative treatments and personal triumphs -- real life stories that provide practical advice, insight and inspiration. This month's episode airing Thursday, March 31 at 9 pm on PBS stations WEDU (Tampa), WGCU (Fort Meyers), WMFE (Orlando) and WLRN (Miami), features segments on:

Pain Pill Epidemic
Prescription drug abuse is at epidemic levels in Florida. The number of deaths due to powerful, addictive narcotics is skyrocketing and the addicts are getting younger and younger. Discover how a young girl with a bright future got hooked because of easy availability. Are all pain clinics pill mills? SMART HEALTH presents a sobering perspective from a medical examiner - and input from those closest to this complex problem.

New Diabetes Vaccine
Rachel Burton is an active and athletic 16-year-old. She is busy with school, friends, and a position on the school volley ball team. But she's also challenged daily with controlling her Type 1 diabetes. With this type of diabetes, the cells that make insulin are under attack by the body's immune system. Clinical trials are underway for a vaccine that could make a real difference for young people 10 to 20 years old - a vaccine that could help Type 1 diabetics preserve their ability to make insulin, and perhaps even one day provide an immunization against the disease.

Gluten-Free Diets
Grocery stores are offering an explosion of 'gluten-free' choices. Restaurants are popping up with gluten-free menus. What is gluten? Is it bad for you? SMART HEALTH visits a local gluten-free restaurant and Angie talks with health experts to find out what gluten is, and who needs to be concerned about it.

During this first episode of the new season of SMART HEALTH, HealthyState.org reporter Dalia Colón also provides a special report on what some people feel is the price of beauty - gastric surgery.

WUSF (Tampa) will air SMART HEALTH on Thursday, March 31 at 9:30 pm on Channel 16-4 and on their main channel Sunday, April 3 at 7 pm.

About SMART HEALTH Host Angie Moreschi
Angie Moreschi is a national award-winning anchor, producer, reporter and host. Her powerful stories have changed laws, led to criminal charges, closed bad businesses and helped lead to the restructuring of an entire government agency. Her work has been recognized with four national awards, eight Emmys and dozens of regional and local awards for excellence in journalism. As a former anchor at WFTS-TV, Ms. Moreschi is well known in Tampa for her versatile personality. She anchored both the ABC affiliate's afternoon and morning newscasts. Angie also served as the station's medical reporter for several years, doing stories that ranged from underwater childbirth to colon cancer awareness to helping people stay fit and healthy.

About HealthyState.org
To counter the decline of local journalism, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded funding for a major journalism initiative that will increase original local reporting capacity in seven regions around the country. These seven Local Journalism Centers (LJCs), combine resources for a ground-breaking new approach to news gathering and its distribution. The Centers have teams of multimedia journalists who focus on a particular issue relevant to communities throughout their region. In-depth reports will be presented regionally and nationally via digital platforms, community engagement programs and radio and television broadcasts.

WEDU is proud to be a partner in one of the seven national LJC's. The Florida LJC grant includes lead station WUSF, WEDU and WMNF (Tampa), WGCU (Fort Meyers), WMFE (Orlando), and WLRN (Miami), and is referred to as HealthyState.org. This LJC collaborative focus' on creating multi-media content related to healthcare issues in Florida and will use WEDU's award-winning program SMART HEALTH as one of the vehicles to educate viewers statewide about important issues.    

WEDU is west central Florida's community-owned PBS station and public media company reaching 16 counties through multiple media platforms including on-air programming and online experiences that broaden horizons, transport and transform and open gateways to new ideas and new worlds. Financially supported by the community, the station offers a wealth of award-winning inspirational, educational and enlightening content over variety of multi-media platforms. WEDU's focus on the local community has resulted in the station being regarded as a beacon of trust for men, women and children of every walk of life no matter their age, ethnicity or socio-economic status. WEDU is a treasured community resource; a window to the world for the homebound and a vital educational source for the youngest members of society. WEDU prides itself on its position in the Tampa Bay community as a leader, partner, informed citizen and a member of PBS, the most trusted institution in America. To watch episodes of or for more information on SMART HEALTH, daily health and wellness news from HeathlyState.org, or WEDU program schedules visit http://www.wedu.org/.

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