Each episode of the ACN show will feature doctors talking about a particular subject and taking live calls from viewers to answer their questions on the presented topic. The format will include a different doctor each week specializing in the particular topic being discussed, as well as having a guests on the show who will give their testimonial -- such as being a cancer survivor -- in relation to the show's topic. The program will air live for one hour each week and be broadcast again later during the week.
Health Matters will be produced by Randy Higgins and co-produced by Don Earley, who have more than 30 years of combined experience in television production. Earley, who is also ACN's president, said the program will be seen in over 560,000 households in 36 counties throughout the state and is part of the network's lineup of bringing Alabama programming to its viewers.
"I think it's going to be a very good and quality show," Earley said. "We have a beautiful facility here for our programming that I believe people won't mind coming to do shows at. It's going to be a very good thing for the area as well."
Higgins, who was worked on several projects with Hand, approached her about hosting the show they believe will be both informative and inspirational for its viewers. He also said plans are in the works to have clips of the show posted on the show's website, with the potential to air the show live over the Internet as well.
"There's a lot of potential for this program in many different aspects," Higgins said. "We have a chance to educate our viewers on health issues, have professionals address concerns they might have, while hearing real life experiences of people who might be going through the same things they are."
Bringing 30 years of experience in front of the camera and her own studio set for the shows, Hand believes the show will reach the hearts of many people needing encouragement in trying times.
"As a three-time survivor of cancer, I understand about the loss of close family members," Hand said. "Living with a chronic illness helps you understand it, which helps you be able to listen better to situations that people might be going through. So I believe the combination of all of the efforts will make the difference with Health Matters."
Health Matters' first episode will feature Dr. Patrick Daugherty, an oncologist who founded and currently directs the Northwest Alabama Cancer and medical director of Hospice of Tennessee Valley. He and Hand co-authored the book, "Cancer The Unexpected Gift, Inspirational Stores of Hope and Significance" -- a compilation of stories that profile individuals and families who have taken frightening medical diagnosis and turned into a positive gift. Two of the book's spotlighted individuals, Ken and Teena, will also appear to give their testimony on the diagnosis and illness that changed their lives and how they are now sharing their gifts of inspiration with those around them.
Health Matters' debut episode will air on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Charter cable channel 80 or 80 digital. For more information on the show, visit www.healthmattersalabama.com and Hand's website at EdieHand.com.