Wellness matters, whatever your age or social status (that goes for pets too).
But even a quick look at the numbers reveals that many Asheville and Buncombe County residents face significant health challenges: Disease is the county’s leading cause of death; 59.6 percent of high schoolers use some form of tobacco; 57.5 percent of adults are overweight, along with about one-third of our kindergartners.
In the following pages, you’ll find more such sobering statistics, as well as a look at some lighter topics and our changing notions of wellness: local school-lunch programs, a New Year’s resolution to start jogging, and a pet-health primer.
Here’s a rundown of this week’s special content:
House of Triumph
a commentary by Jerry Sternberg
Swapping the Tarmac for Trails
a running adventure by Lisa Watters
Out of the Frying Pan
a news report by Susan Andrew
A Pet Primer
a feature by Karen Oelschlaeger
Wellness by the Numbers
stats compiled by David Forbes
a feature by Gabriel Dunsmith