Wellness round up

Every week, Xpress posts a round up of wellness news gathered by contributor Wade Inganamort and from a variety of Western North Carolina sources. Here’s a sampling of the latest tidbits, which you can find on mountainx.com.

Six people vaccinated for rabies in Asheville

"Six people are receiving post-exposure rabies vaccines to prevent infection, including five employees of the pet clinic where [a] sick cat was taken [near UNCA]. This is done as a precaution because if contracted, rabies is fatal for humans. ‘The Buncombe County Department of Health is working closely with the Asheville Police Department and Animal Control to increase surveillance and possibly capture feral cats in the immediate area where the rabid cat was recently discovered,’ said Marc Fowler, Environmental Health Director with the Department of Health. ‘Concerns about feral cats in the city limits may be referred to the APD at 252-1110.” — [Buncombe County Health Department and Mountain Xpress]

Mission requests visitor limitation due to rising flu numbers

"Rates of influenza have risen enough statewide and locally that Mission Hospital in Asheville is asking people not to visit patients in the hospital unless they are next of kin or their closest friend. Visitors are also asked not to bring teenagers and children to Mission.” — [Mission Hospitals]

New clinic advances access for uninsured in Buncombe County

"Three Streams Family Health Center of Asheville will officially open its new ‘Access 4 All’ clinic with a ribbon cutting on February 2. The clinic will allow uninsured residents to be seen during additional, non-traditional hours for primary and minor urgent care needs and will be open late Tuesday evenings, and all day Friday and Saturday. While not free, sliding-scale fees will help to promote access to care among the uninsured. ” — [NC Medical Society]

Pardee offers free program for heart month

"The free program [Know Your Heart Health Numbers”] will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 10 until 11:30 a.m., at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. Joel Tipton, MA, RCEP, coordinator of Pardee’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program, will be leading the discussion. Participants will learn about appropriate numbers for the health of their heart such as cholesterol (HDL, LDL and triglyceride) levels, blood pressure, heart rate and body mass index." — [Pardee blog]

March 4-6 Myoskeletal Alignment workshop in Asheville

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"Specially designed for the professional massage, sports and structural integration therapist, these dynamic muscle-balancing, joint-stretching and functional mobilization routines boost referrals through increased customer satisfaction." — [erikdalton.com]

YWCA of Asheville to offer Red Cross lifeguard training in March

"The YWCA of Asheville will offer American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Wednesday, March 2 – May 4 (weekly course, one Saturday) and March 23, 25-27 (weekend intensive). The trainings will be held at the YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Avenue. The course includes lifeguarding skills, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer and more.” — [YWCA of Asheville]

Park Ridge sponsors annual Frostbite Run, Feb. 20

“The 19th Annual Frostbite 10K, 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 20, benefits the Park Ridge Wellness on Wheels program. WOW is a mobile medical-unit-and-care team that that offers free and at-cost health screenings, including women’s heart health assessments. In the past five years, the WOW program has provided more than 56,700 screenings in many locations throughout Western North Carolina. Approximately 25 percent of all clients screened have been identified as being at risk for developing heart disease, a stroke, prostate cancer, osteoporosis or diabetes. For more information about the race,  visit www.parkridgehealth.org.” — [Park Ridge Health]

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About Wade Inganamort
• Partner / Digital publisher @ Hukilau.us • Heavy reader, screenwriter, and information liaison currently enjoying the small-town life in North Carolina •

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