WNC Wellness review: From norovirus at the VA to the YWCA’s swim day

Norovirus confirmed at local VA:

According to reports from the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in east Asheville, norovirus cases have been confirmed in several patients in the facility’s Community Living Centers. Noroviruses are “a group of related, single-stranded RNA, non-enveloped viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis in humans,” says the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” – [Mountain Xpress] 

• Experts: protein less necessary in diet:

People have been told meat and dairy is good for them all their lives, but it may actually be killing them, according to a recent study. ‘We have all been brainwashed in a way to think meat means protein,’ Liliane Papin, a teacher and counselor in nutrition, said. ‘We are a protein-obsessed nation.’” – [The Blue Banner]

• VA in Asheville increases services for women:

In Asheville, the number of female veterans seeking medical care at the VA doubled in the past 15 years. The hospital added a full-time gynecologist and women veteran’s program manager in recent years and plans to add a full-time primary care doctor and double its space to address the anticipated increase of women veterans.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

Asheville water woes persist:

Tens of thousands of customers at hospitals, schools and homes have been seeing discolored water as crews flush out minerals and other sediment following problems that emerged near a main line [last] Monday.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

• ‘Couch to 5K’ offers free intro to running:

A free program for people who have never run but are ready to start begins Monday and will finish in time for participants to enjoy the Vance Rocket Run on April 30. Couch to 5K is a 10-week program to get non runners ready and able to safely run a 5K, or 3.1 miles.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

YWCA Community Swim Day:

Join us on Saturday, March 5th from 11 am – 5 pm for a day of fun in our indoor, solar-heated pool! We will have a family swim special, FREE swim lessons, and great sign-up deals on Club W and Aquatics memberships.” – [YWCA of Asheville]

• Asheville businesses help employees kick smoking habit:

Following the state health plan’s lead and recent trends to eliminate smoking in restaurants and public spaces, local businesses are making an investment to get employees to kick the habit.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

• Fitness at Battery Park for seniors & retirees:

Battery Park Senior Apartments, 1 Battle Square, 28801, across from Grove Arcade. Interested in fun exercise? Come get healthy, and it’s free, too! Chairs available to accommodate all fitness levels. FRIDAYS 10:40—11:40 AM” – [Press release]

Please submit WNC health & wellness info to: mxhealth@mountainx.com

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