With numbers of sexually transmitted illnesses rising across the nation, local and state public health officials are particularly worried about the impact of a new and unique illness: the Zika virus. Zika is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, but unlike other such illnesses, it can also be transmitted by sexual contact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The […]
The inaugural Open Streets Asheville brought residents and visitors into the streets to enjoy downtown in a new way. With Battery Park Avenue, Wall Street and portions of Haywood Street, Patton Avenue and Church Street closed to automotive traffic, folks did art projects, movement-based activities, listened to buskers and relaxed with yoga and massage.
The second annual Western Regional Recovery Rally was held at the Nancy Weldon Open-Air Gym at Lake Junaluska on Sept. 10 to celebrate National Recovery Month and spread the message that people do achieve sustained recovery from addiction, mental illness and other life challenges.
Asheville’s rustic, arts-and-industry-dominated River Arts District is on the brink of a major transformation. From road realignment, sidewalk construction and expanded bike lanes to an ambitious network of greenways with the RAD as its central hub, substantial changes will be taking place over the next few years that will improve the way residents and visitors to the city access, explore and inhabit the area.
Cancer Support Community is establishing a homelike facility in Asheville to provide support services for cancer patients and their families. Local nonprofit Journey to be FREE Naturally, founded by cancer survivor Catherine Desfosses, will work with CSC to help people face cancer together.
Residents commuting down Lyman Street and Riverside Drive have most likely noticed some serious changes to the tree line around 12 Bones. Work crews have been busy removing trees from the area, a project that is expected to continue through the fall. “I’ve been out of office almost 15 years, and I’ve gotten several calls […]
On Sept. 1, nearly 100 trustees, board members, staff, students and alumni gathered at UNCA to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Health and Wellness degree program and to honor the work of Dr. Keith Ray, founder of the department, which represents one of UNCA’s fast-growing majors.
Local human services and nonprofits offer a variety of programs that create social connection, health and vitality for Asheville’s many retirees.
Mission Health has confirmed that a patient was treated for the Zika virus earlier this month. Dr. Chris DeRienzo, chief quality officer for Mission, said in a statement released by the hospital that the person was treated and released during the weekend of Aug. 13. “The virus was not contracted locally,” the statement said. “The […]
Hailing from the African Yoruban tradition, Chief Olu Derrick Lewis and priestess Yeye Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis will bring ceremonies, classes and prayers for the four elements to OM Sanctuary as year-long artists-in-residence.
Local wellness, food and art vendors converged on Pack Square Park on Sunday to celebrate all things organic and sustainable.
A new partnership between Mission Health and GE Healthcare, announced at a press conference Friday morning, could save the health care system and consumers more than $40 million in unnecessary health care costs over the decadelong course of the project.The partnership calls for optimization of imaging experience and use, as well as easing patient-care […]
Running and CrossFitting are two popular ways Asheville residents stay fit. Advocates on both sides maintain their workout is the best, but both forms of fitness confer benefits.
A party for the release of Lillah Schwartz’s new book, Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief, will be held Friday, Aug. 26, at One Center Yoga, 120 Coxe Ave. The book offers readers the opportunity to learn the basic yoga poses used in Schwartz’s signature back course. It contains hundreds of photos […]
August is National Breast-feeding Month, and Asheville abounds with breast-feeding services for new and expectant mothers. Kimberly Rush, an Asheville lactation consultant, mentions some of the many resources: “We have La Leche League, breast-feeding support groups and many other ways to support and provide information.” Cheryl Orengo, director and educator at Start from Seed, notes that Mission […]
Advance healthcare directives help doctors and loved ones make end-of-life care decisions, but only if patients have prepared directives and communicated them ahead of time.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features an art print project plus a local nonprofit’s efforts to raise awareness of the Alexander Technique to combat Parkinson’s disease.
AB Community Pharmacy celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug.11. The pharmacy’s business model is unique: using profits from a retail community pharmacy, the operation will support the work of Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, which operates free health clinics staffed predominantly by volunteers that serve about half the county’s uninsured residents.
Asheville may be a top dream destination for many folks, but for an increasing number of newcomers and old-timers alike, the No. 1 dream destination may be just down the road a ways. With the challenges of urbanization besetting Asheville, newcomers and locals alike are turning to surrounding towns and communities in search of cheaper […]
Local professional organizers talk about how creating more organized spaces in your home and office can lead to better health, a calmer mind and higher productivity.
Human trafficking often occurs in wealthy or relatively wealthy areas where there’s demand, access to major highways and an airport, says Mamie Adams. Asheville fits the bill, and a new Our VOICE project, coordinated by Adams, aims to tackle the problem.