Wellness matters: A look inside this week’s wellness issue

Wellness isn’t a topic that can be confined to hospitals and doctor’s offices. Health is something that starts at home and in our neighborhoods — where we live, learn, work and play. In our two wellness-themed issues, Xpress takes a look at the local wellness community using these four lenses. In our Live and Learn issue (on stands Jan. 29) we shine a light on MANNA FoodBank’s Packs for Kid’s program, explore how seniors are keeping themselves sharp in the garden and we ask a range of local wellness organizations to share their educational initiatives.

Asheville and the surrounding area is rich with teachers, yogis, runners, caretakers, energy healers, acupuncturists, chefs, community organizers, therapists and countless other health conscious citizens — all of us serve an important role in keeping ourselves and our community well. While the information offered is by no means exhaustive, we hope to inspire readers to consider how they are living, learning, working and playing and how the local wellness community can support readers in becoming their healthiest selves.

To access all features in our Jan. 29 wellness issue, see the links below:

• In Learning for Life, writer Haley Steinhardt asks a wide range of local wellness organizations to share their educational initiatives.
• In Growing gracefully, writer Carrie Eidson checks in with seniors who have found a new sense of purpose and connection working in community gardens.
Feeding our future is a story about MANNA Foodbank’s Packs for Kid’s program as well as their new community cooking classes.
• Buncombe County health director, Gibbie Harris, lends a public health perspective to the issue of community wellness in a short article titled, Health Matters.
• Looking for early childhood and parenting resources? Read A bright start to learn more about a range of local programs and initiatives that can help.
• Families and educators of people with autism may want to mark an upcoming conference about happiness on their calendars: Read Autism and Happiness for details.


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About Lea McLellan
Lea McLellan is a freelance writer who likes to write stories about music, art, food, wellness and interesting locals doing interesting things.

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