Wellness from young to old(er)

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

Student Counsel
a feature by Gabriel Dunsmith

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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One thought on “Wellness from young to old(er)

  1. Angelia arobertson

    Regarding Crossword puzzle in Vol.17 #27:-

    The clues and grid don’t match

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