OnQ focuses on a language developed by a Pittsburgh-area man that helps physically and mentally challenged people lead fuller lives. Minspeak allows people to independently communicate a large vocabulary more quickly and efficiently than in similar devices.

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One of the leading causes of weight gain is that hungry people prefer fast cooking and fast food. Now, slow cooking is a new buzz phrase when it comes to eating right. Registered dietitian Judy Dodd shows OnQ viewers how slow cooking Mediterranean style can be beneficial for people with all kinds of lifestyles.

Original airdate: Feb 11, 2010

Despite much wealth and success in our Appalachian northern region, widespread poverty still exists in rural Fayette and Greene counties. However, Michael Bartley shows how and why so many people are delivering life-saving services to our rural neighbors.

Original airdate: Apr 15, 2009

In this episode, OnQ provides an overview about our week of coverage on health disparities; takes you into a African dance class that helps the body and soul; and we talk with featured guest, Dr. Christopher Allen, president of Gateway Medical Society.

Original airdate: Feb 21, 2008

In this episode, OnQ will explore how health care providers are addressing issues of language barriers and disabilities. We will also preview the PBS documentary "Unnatural Causes" that explores America's racial and socioeconomic inequities in health. Our featured guest is Dr. Stephen Thomas, director of the Center for Minority Health.

Original airdate: Feb 21, 2008

On a trip to India, Pittsburgh artist Laurel Herman was thunderstruck by the plight of the country's 10 million homeless dogs. She returned to Pittsburgh with dramatic video, and the stories of amazing animal welfare advocates. This 2007 feature is from WQED's magazine program "OnQ" (2000-2010).

Original airdate: May 16, 2007

OnQ continues its special series on the health of senior citizens with a profile of a unique program called AgeWell. AgeWell is a one-stop resource center and hotline that helps seniors to live independently, and benefits their families, too. OnQ concludes this episode with an informative discussion of the many local health, social and community resources available in this region.