Harmonia brings sanctuary spaces to festivals of various sizes, and on Sunday, April 9, the nonprofit will host its own event — a donation-based fundraiser at Salvage Station.
“It’s important to understand that not all inflammation is bad,” says Dr. Martha Cottrell, an Asheville-based physician and lecturer on immunity. She’s one of several wellness advocates who encourage simple, everyday wellness strategies to reduce chronic inflammation now and prevent more serious illness later. “Inflammation is the body’s natural mechanism for protecting itself,” says Cottrell. “But it […]
The mountains are calling, using a technology that still is deciding on what to call itself — whether telemedicine or telehealth. “Some say there’s no difference” between one term and the other, says Dr. Steve North, clinical director for Mission Virtual Care. But no matter what you call it, North and many other health care professionals in […]
The Asheville Project, a city program that helps employees with chronic health problems, makes improvements in their health while at the same time dramatically reducing costs.
Stress can lift you up or throw you down, according to local experts, who discuss ways to use stress as a tool for self-improvement.
In Heart Health Month, local cardiac care experts weigh in on ways to improve heart health.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 26-March 4, offers the opportunity for communities to engage in discussion and hold events highlighting the need to bring the serious problem of eating disorders into the light.
A group of innovative strategies collectively known as “in situ remediation” could dramatically improve the prospects for addressing groundwater and soil contamination at several local hazardous waste sites more quickly and at lower cost.
Substance abuse programs in WNC focus on education and collaboration, spreading the message of hope and encouragement while acknowledging that much work remains to be done.
Regular checkups for your pets can prevent many diseases and ensure that you have a healthy companion.
Western North Carolina enjoys an abundant supply of high-quality water. Even so, experts say, whether you get your water from the city, a well, a bottle or through a home filter, it’s important to remain vigilant to ensure that the water you drink is really clean, safe and healthy.
Buncombe County, like much of the nation, has a diabetes problem. The disease was ranked as the 10th-leading cause of death in the county in the 2015 Community Health Assessment, an annual gathering of data from residents to determine local wellness in relation to state and national averages. While there are numerous reasons why this has become an […]
Although excessive alcohol consumption can cause myriad health problems, moderate consumption of alcohol can actually improve health, according to a variety of studies.
Young people are replacing traditional cigarettes with e-cigarettes at an alarming rate, but both habits are hard to break, say local addiction specialists.
Exercise is a major lifestyle factor in preventing disease and improving health. Fitness experts recommend 120-150 minutes per week but urge beginners to start slowly.
Local nutritionists and a longtime vegan talk about the pros and cons of a diet free of animal products.
Optimism is more than magical thinking that an illness or medical condition will simply go away. A healthy dose of hope, conveyed by the doctor, can help start the healing process.
Avoiding sugary liquids and drinking fluoridated water are two of the most important factors affecting oral health, according to local dental health professionals.
Local health officials consider why Buncombe County leads the state in the percentage of unvaccinated children and also discuss how immunization builds a shield of protection on a community level.
Childhood obesity is a perfect storm of many factors, say local health experts, pointing to poor eating habits, lack of exercise, genetics and environmental factors. Asheville-area agencies are working to help overweight kids lose weight and others to stay within healthy limits.