WNC wellness review: Hagan gets honored by MS Society, WNCAP hosts auction, and flu shots

WNCAP’s Raise Your Hand Benefit Auction on Sept. 24

In 1981, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a report about a rare pneumonia that struck down five young, previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles. Five years later, the Asheville-based Western North Carolina AIDS Project formed, dedicated to prevention, education and assisting those living with the disease…

On Sept. 24, WNCAP honors both the 30-year anniversary of the virus in the United States and the people like Ross who have donated their time, talents and resources to help those living with it: The organization’s Raise Your Hand Benefit Auction features an elegant sit-down dinner, an auction of such items as paintings, antiques and jewelry, and Ross as both keynote speaker and recipient of a “Works of Heart” award.

From Mountain Xpress

United Way begins 2011 campaign, launches Virtual Campaign video

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County has kicked off its annual giving campaign with a Virtual Kickoff, a fun, film noir-style video message titled “The Case of the Successful Campaign.”

The short video follows Detective Bill Dingblocks (“building blocks”) as he seeks out people who give, advocate and volunteer to make their community a better place in the areas of Education, Income and Health.

This is the second year United Way used the Virtual Kickoff concept, moving away from a traditional event that drew a couple of hundred people each year in favor of a video that was seen by more than 1,000. The Virtual Kickoff video is being shared by e-mail, blogs and social media, and United Way staff and volunteers hope those who see it will share it with their friends.

The Mountain Xpress

National MS Society honors Senator Kay Hagan

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) was honored yesterday evening by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for her support of MS research and advocacy for those living with the disease. Hagan was recognized alongside Sen. Johnny Isakson (GA), and Representatives Barbara Lee (CA) and Kevin McCarthy (CA) during the National MS Society’s 33rd Annual Ambassadors Ball.

From the press release

Local health department urges folks to get their flu shots

The Buncombe County Department of Health (DOH) would like for everyone to get a flu shot wherever it is most convenient for them. To help make that a little easier, the DOH, in partnership with Maxim Healthcare, is taking flu clinics to seven schools throughout the County. Because of this, the DOH will NOT have a flu clinic at the mall this year…

Flu vaccine clinics for anyone 6 months of age and above, will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. at the following locations:

  October 10 Owen Middle School
  October 11 AC Reynolds High School
  October 12 TC Roberson High School
  October 13 Asheville Middle School
  October 17 North Windy Ridge
  October 18 Enka Middle School
  October 19 Erwin High School

Flu shots are $24, and flu mist are available for $29. Payment may be made by cash or check; however credit cards may not be used. Most insurance carriers are accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare Part B, if the cards are presented. Children through 18 years of age who are not covered by insurance, may qualify for a flu shot at no cost.

From the press release

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