As spring weather returns to Asheville, so does the risk of dangerous levels of ozone pollution. To raise awareness and help notify the public when ozone levels become hazardous, environmental agencies will start issuing daily air quality forecasts Tuesday, April 1, for Asheville and other metropolitan areas across the state.
The Asheville wellness scene only gets more vibrant as the spring months approach. Take a look at some of these upcoming, healthy events in WNC from learning to use weeds as medicine to walking for a cause.
Roxann Colwell knows the challenges of raising a child with special needs firsthand. Colwell, who has a 30-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, created the Family Support Network of Western North Carolina 15 years ago as a parent-to-parent support and mentoring program for caregivers of children with special needs. The organization offers a community resource guide, hosts support groups for families and establishes support networks for parents whose children have received similar diagnoses. From July 2012 to July 2013 the Family Support Network served 901 families.
Powerlifter Jennifer Payne pushes her limits in life and sport. Photos by Josh Vaughn
This week, physician and nutritionist, Alan S. Baumgarten, will present a new thirst-quencher to local beverage-enthusiasts: a drinkable probiotic supplement called H2PRO Immune Health. The lightly flavored product will be available at Katuah Market’s grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 22.
As cold and flu season lingers on, herbal medicine is “definitely a frontline treatment,” says Ceara Foley, director of the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism (ASHH). Jamie Sparks, owner and director of Herban Farmacy, agrees, and shares what she has been offering customers in her herbal CSA. Both women tout the healing powers of herbs for winter wellness and offer different suggestions for herbal remedies.
Local yoga teacher Kimberly Drye gives us some insight as to why many Ashevillians are choosing to spend their Valentine’s Day on the mat.
Professor Laura Hope Gill and Dr. Claire Hicks are hosting a narrative medicine workshop series at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Last weekend, a small group of people gathered to learn more about narrative medicine and what it can offer to both patients and caregivers.
Local writer and retiree, DeWitt Robbeloth, shares what he learned about what it means to be well through his experiences with diabetes, a mild heart attack and quadruple bypass heart surgery.
FIRST Parent Center hosts a series of workshops titled “Expand Your Toolbox.” The series, which begins Friday, Feb. 14, aims to share useful parenting and teaching strategies for families and teachers of children with disabilities.
Jerome Smith, spiritual director at Asheville Meditation Center and ordained Pandit in the Himalayan tradition, says that while meditation can be intimidating, it’s a state of mind that everyone can access. Xpress talks with Smith about the challenges and benefits that go along with starting a meditation practice, as well as his advice for beginners.
At their first meeting of 2014 on Jan. 7, Buncombe County Commissioners unanimously agreed to give $1.12 million in cash grants to Jacob Holm Industries to help it expand local operations. They also agreed to spend $213,726 to hire 17 new county workers at the Health and Human Services Department and approved new zoning regulations governing renewable energy facilities.
It’s that time of year again — time for self-reflection and fresh starts. This year, let’s all make some resolutions we can keep! Lucky for us, Asheville is the perfect place to get our wellness on. Local writer, Reiki healer and wellness enthusiast, Haley Steinhardt, shares some great ways you can support yourself in having a happy and healthy 2014 — Asheville style.
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Michelle Dionne, who teaches birth dancing and belly dancing classes in Asheville and the surrounding area, says that giving birth doesn’t have to look like it does in the movies. In classes and workshops, Dionne encourages women to give birth standing up and teaches core-based movements derived from ancient belly-dancing techniques. The goal is to help ease the pain, quicken labor and “keep [women] in their bodies, keep them focused where the action is.”
The Are We Eating Fishy Food? Tour parked its caravan of five “GMO art cars” outside the French Broad Food Co-op this afternoon in order to raise awareness about GMO labeling. The vehicles are fitted with 300-pound, roof-mounted sculptures of “fishy”-looking produce. Asheville is the second-to-last stop on the activists’ 6,083-mile journey from Seattle to New York City.
This Saturday evening, Nov. 23, yogis and activists will come together at Asheville Yoga Center for the Yogis Beyond Coal event.
About ten or so people — mostly strangers — gathered at Earthfare Friday evening Nov. 15 to practice what Cathy Holt, group leader and author of HeartSpeak: Listening and Speaking from the Heart, calls a “scarce commodity.” They were there to give and receive empathy.
At the Nov. 12 Asheville City Council meeting — the last meeting held before new members (and a new mayor) are sworn in — concealed handgun laws and revised construction plans for a health and workforce development facility were hot topics on the agenda.
They came with notepads, folders and pamphlets, and many of the more than 100 people who attended the Council on Aging of Buncombe County’s first information session about the Affordable Care Act came with questions on Oct. 17. More sessions are planned through the month of November.
A group of middle school-age yogis from Odyssey Community School busted out their downward-facing dogs and tree poses in a student-organized flash mob downtown on Oct. 31 at the Vance Memorial.