WNWR The Word 1540 AM Philadelphia 4-13-2024

Amy Goodson discusses a Fresh Start for a Healthy and Happy Spring!

Dietician, Amy GoodsonWe are thrilled to welcome back our esteemed guest, Amy Goodson, a distinguished Registered Dietitian and seasoned consultant. Today, Amy will share invaluable nutrition tips and recommendations to foster healthier, stress-free lifestyles as we embrace the rejuvenating spirit of spring.

As we bid farewell to the winter chill and eagerly anticipate the vibrant resurgence of blossoms, extended daylight hours, and brighter dispositions, spring embodies the essence of renewal and fresh beginnings.

Amy will enlighten us on how to lay the groundwork for a prosperous season, ensuring our well-being and contentment throughout this revitalizing time. She will unveil the latest trends in cultivating a Healthy Lifestyle, present a repertoire of delectable and nourishing recipes, and highlight the indispensable essentials for nurturing body and mind. She will also guide us through effective stress management techniques and much more.

With Amy as our trusted guide, let’s embark on this journey together toward a healthier, happier spring season.

Amy’s Credentials

Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian and consultant emphasizing overall health, wellness, and sports nutrition. She has fifteen years of experience and has worked with Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Texas Rangers, as well as with many middle school, high school, and endurance athletes. She also works with the everyday exercising population to improve health and wellness. For more information, visit AmyGoodsonRD.com.


Learn about Canine Companions’ Puppy Program

James Dern with Canine Companions Puppy ProgramOur next guest is James Dern, Director of the Puppy Program at Canine Companions. Canine Companions provides service dogs to people with medical needs for no cost.This nonprofit organization enriches the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with a service dog at no cost. The director of the Puppy Program at Canine Companions discusses this rewarding and life-changing volunteer opportunity.

James Dern is a Bay Area, CA native who now resides in the wine country of Sonoma County. A life-long love of dogs and a brief experience teaching art at an elementary school with a small population of students with special needs led him to become interested in the Canine Companionsextraordinary impact service dogs have on people with disabilities. He began working at Canine Companions 2006 as an instructor assistant and completed an apprenticeship in 2008 to become a service dog instructor.

In 2013, he became puppy program manager for the country’s Northwest region, where he saw first-hand the influence volunteer puppy raisers have in helping puppies begin their journeys to become service dogs. This ignited a passion for guiding volunteers through socializing and training puppies, which he continues to do today as the Director of the Puppy Program at Canine Companions. James is also a volunteer puppy raiser himself. He is raising Jigsaw, a Labrador puppy who will enter professional training in August 2024. For more information, please visit www.canine.org/raisepups.

Here is a wonderful video about the program.


Dr. Harmony Garges Discusses the Clinical Benefits of Long-Acting HIV Therapy

Dr. Harmony GargesToday’s guest is Dr. Harmony Garges, Chief Medical Officer at ViiV Healthcare. It may surprise you to learn that each year, tens of thousands of people in this country are diagnosed with HIV. Worldwide, roughly 38 million people live with the disease.

Dr. Garges recently attended the latest Global HIV Conference. Today, she will discuss key data from researchers and scientists studying HIV, sharing their findings. She will mainly focus on the new interim clinical data suggesting the benefits of long-acting therapy for people who struggle with taking daily pills.

Dr. Harmony Garges is the Chief Medical Officer at ViiV Healthcare, the only pharmaceutical company 100% dedicated to HIV. She oversees Regulatory, Safety, and Medical Affairs across the company’s innovative pipeline and portfolio. Just like the company she works for, Harmony’s guiding mission is to ensure that no person living with HIV is left behind. After obtaining her MD degree and completing her pediatrics residency at Duke University, Harmony further pursued her interest in infectious diseases with fellowships in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at Duke, along with her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following her training, Harmony maintained an active clinical practice, providing care to children and adolescents living with HIV and other infectious diseases.

In 2005, Harmony joined GSK’s HIV program in the Infectious Diseases group, working on global development programs as a project physician leader. She oversaw three successful New Drug and Marketing Authorization Applications in this role. She provided medical leadership and strategy for the development of various other anti-infectives, including the first human trials of Dolutegravir – the most prescribed HIV medicine in the world. Subsequently, Harmony joined the Global Clinical Safety and Pharmacovigilance team at GSK, where she provided safety strategy and governance for several large global clinical development programs in the pharmaceutical space. She then led a large, international team overseeing the safety aspects of GSK’s large Classic and Established Medicines portfolio. From there, she joined the GSK Consumer Health business, where she spent three years as the Chief Medical Officer. She then joined ViiV Healthcare in 2016 and held several roles in Global Medical Affairs before assuming her current role as Chief Medical Officer at the company in 2019.  For more information, visit viivhealthcare.com/viiv-hiv-medicines.


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