Superfoods are nutrient dense, rich with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and polyphenols. Some superfoods are found in Western North Carolina, such as blueberries, sweet potatoes and wild nettles.
2018’s annual joint meeting of Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners highlighted issues of racial equity, police use-of-force and zoning conflicts affecting Buncombe residents.
Here’s the first thing you need to know about fat: It’s complicated. “Fat is confusing for everybody because we don’t agree,” says Taft Draper, a Hendersonville-based registered dietitian. “The body is very complex, and everyone is different.” On the surface, it seems fairly simple. There are three main types of fat — unsaturated, saturated and […]
As plant-based diets grow in popularity, vegans still field misconceptions on such topics as protein intake, athletic capacity and eating disorders. But what do local nutritionists say about a lifestyle that avoids animal products? In late January, Asheville internist Dr. Carly Brown hosted a public panel alongside Stepfanie Romine, Hendersonville health coach and co-author of The […]
The regional nonprofit Four Seasons Compassion for Life is transforming its workplace into a healthier environment — which its leaders believe benefits both employees and the organization.
The Alzheimer’s Association — Western Carolina Chapter connects caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients with a variety of resources through its Direct Connect Referral Program. In Asheville, Memory Care also offers support services for people who have dementia and their families. Both organizations advise caregivers to seek help rather than go it alone.
Asheville as we know it today was built upon the back of its electric streetcar system, one of the largest networks of its time. As the city finds itself in a growth spurt once again, could its defunct trolley system provide some clues to Asheville’s transit future?
The annual fundraiser for the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina takes place March 4 at Highland Brewing Co.
Although the U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that doesn’t have a paid parental leave policy, two local companies are leading the way in ensuring that working families get the support they need to take care of their newest family member.
The music-filled benefit for T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating takes place Feb. 26 at Oskar Blues Brewery.
Urgent care centers are a hot health care trend nationwide and in Western North Carolina. With the recent arrival of new urgent care facilities and more in the works, Xpress looks at where these facilities are and what needs they serve.
This Valentine’s Day, don’t blow off the kiss — it’s more important than you think. Jeanne and Hal Butts of Black Mountain shared their first kisses in July 1957 during a “supervised” weekend on a friend’s ranch. “She was going to Stanford for her graduate degree, and I was a Navy pilot,” Hal Butts says. They […]
Dr. Marsha Fretwell addressed a crowd of 25 in blunt terms Monday in Flat Rock: “We need to get for-profit health insurance out of the marketplace.” Fretwell, a former geriatric physician and a member of Healthcare for All Western North Carolina, crystallized the thesis of the documentary Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point, which had […]
The paleo diet — with its focus on eating as our Paleolithic ancestors did — has its share of Asheville-area fans. But not everyone is on board with the regimen.
Salt can be good for you, even necessary for health, in certain quantities. But how do you decide whether and how much salt to shake on your food?
Asheville professionals grapple with the sugar question every day: whether to cut its consumption a lot, a little or not at all. Experts are all over the map on this controversial issue.
Eating according to one’s ayurvedic dosha and blood type are among the approaches through which people achieve individualized health.
Going raw can offer health benefits, but the diet also presents challenges.
Few words have the ability to inspire more fear, frustration and trepidation among older Americans across the country than “nursing home.” But for those confronting the prospect of needing long-term care, a variety of care options and support services across Western North Carolina provides information to help residents find the best care available.
The VA has undergone a paradigm shift in offering support for caregivers of veterans, whether they be family members, friends or neighbors. The caregiver support program takes aim at both the logistical and soulful aspects of the task.
High levels of burnout occur in the nursing profession because of long hours coupled with physical and emotional distress. Workplace wellness programs help to prevent and diminish burnout.