Get the Facts about Heat Illness - '108° : Critical Response'
We all know it’s getting hot outside — just in time for sports camps, two-a-day practices and more. But do you know just how serious heat illness can be for young people in Arkansas? We’re consistently experiencing more 100˚ and higher days in the summer, and that makes serious injury — and even death — from exertional heat illness a threat. The good news? It’s completely preventable.
To make Arkansas parents, coaches, players and anyone else involved in activities in high temperature environments aware of heat illness’ seriousness and underlying causes, as well as how to treat and prevent exertional heat illness, AETN and ArkansasIDEAS have created an original documentary, “108˚: Critical Response.”
This film shares potentially life-saving information needed to prepare students for activity in the heat and to help viewers understand just how delay heat illness is and how quickly it can occur. Through personal testimony from families affected by exertional heat stroke and interviews with coaches, certified athletic trainers, kinesiologists and other medical professionals, the documentary also details the signs of heat hilliness, how to treat it and it can be prevented altogether.
Driving the message home are the featured stories of three young Arkansas victims of heat illness, only one of whom survived. Kendrick Fincher of Rogers and Tyler Davenport of Lamar died of heat stroke while practicing football in the summer months, while Will James of Little Rock received treatment and survived. Parents Rhonda Fincher, Mark and Tina Davenport and Patti James all appear in the documentary.
AETN produced “108˚: Critical Response” following the passage of Act 1214 of 2011, also known as Tyler’s Law. Sen. Keith Ingram, formerly a representative of West Memphis, and Rep. Mark Perry of Jacksonville sponsored the bill, and the Davenport family was instrumental in its passage. The act now requires coaches to complete training in heat illness. We hope you’ll join us for the film’s premiere as part of a special live two-hour event on Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m.
In addition to the film’s premiere, we’ll also hold an expert panel discussion with Brendon McDermott, Dean Webber, Doug Blevins and Perry Escalante. You can submit your questions which may be answered during the discussion at firstname.lastname@example.org. It could make an incredible impact on the life of someone you love!
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Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.
“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.
Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.