SOCIALLY CONNECTED:
AARP volunteers host workshops throughout WNC such as this Twitter training. AARP and YMCA of WNC are hosting a three-month program called Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge. Pictured are 
AARP volunteers, from left, Bob Tomasulo, Deborah Wagner and Judy Williams. Photo courtesy of AARP North Carolina Mountain Region

Challenge aims to improve fitness, combat social isolation in older adults

A “health-meets-social” approach to aging rolls out this month at the YMCA of Western North Carolina, in collaboration with AARP. The partnership has created a three-month program, dubbed Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge, that combines a fitness challenge with social involvement for people 50 and older. The YMCA of WNC was one of 10 YMCAs across the country […]

WALK AND LEARN: Marc Williams guides participants on a walk and teaches woody ethnobotany at the 2016 annual Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium. Photo courtesy of Linnea Wardwell

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium comes to Black Mountain June 2-4

For over a decade, Larry and Linnea Wardwell have had one main goal: to bring high-quality herbal medicine into practice. The annual Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2017, planned for the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain Friday to Sunday, June 2-4, does just that, says Linnea Wardwell. The symposium, which began when the owner of Gaia Herbs […]

Mapping Prevention and Health

Precision medicine leads to personaliz­ed care in Asheville

What if a medical practitioner told you it was possible to look into the future of your health? To predict what illnesses you might get and what medications could be helpful or harmful to you? While it might sound fantastical, companies around Asheville are starting to dive into exactly that: Precision or “personalized” medicine (also known as targeted medicine) is beginning […]

COOKING FOR A CAUSE: The 7th Annual Sweet Potato Cooking Contest happens Saturday, Oct. 1, at Homegrown Families Health and Education Center.

Homegrown Families hosts sweet potato contest and fundraiser Oct. 1

  Something sweet is in the air. The seventh annual sweet potato cooking contest and fundraiser is happening Saturday, Oct. 1. This event will also double as the fall open house for the new Homegrown Families Health and Education Center at 201 Charlotte St. The center houses a variety of integrative family health services, including licensed […]

SUPPORT FOR MAMA: Jen Chandlee  of Homegrown Babies, left, assists Maxy Scott with breast-feeding techniques and education. Photo courtesy of Homegrown Babies

Celebratin­g National Breastfeed­ing Month

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 […]

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Looking for solutions to Asheville’s obesity problem

Earlier this month, survey company WalletHub marked Asheville as one of the “Fattest Cities” in the country. Asheville ranked No. 43 among the 100 most populated U.S. metro areas for obesity levels, weight-related health problems and environmental factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, reports that the South has the second-highest regional rate […]

BIRTHDAY GIFT: Brad and Corina Cassinova use the support of Chama Woydak of HomeGrown Babies.  Photo by Destinee Blau Photography, courtesy of HomeGrown Babies

New birthing center highlights Asheville-area services

Although New Dawn Midwifery closes at the end of March, safe and supported birthing options abound in the Asheville area, including hospitals with obstetricians, hospitals with midwives and the WNC Birth Center, which is set to open this spring on South French Broad Avenue. Professionals across the region continue to advocate for education and support as the keys to making choices during childbirth. […]