WNC Wellness review

”Never hike alone”

“And plan ahead. Those are the biggest keys to a safe hike in the woods, according to area outdoors experts. ‘One thing we always advise folks is don't hike alone,’ said Randy Burgess, Pisgah District ranger for Pisgah National Forest. ‘If you can, try to take a friend or companion. If you are hiking alone, make sure you let someone else know where you're parking, what trailhead you'll be taking and when you plan to be back.’” — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Accept death, world’s oldest man said

On Thursday, April 14, “The world's oldest man … died,” according to officials at a Montana retirement home. “Walter Breuning was 114, making him the oldest man and the second-oldest person in the world. Here's [his] secret to a long life: Embrace change, even when the change slaps you in the face. (’Every change is good.’) Eat two meals a day (’That's all you need.’) Work as long as you can (’That money's going to come in handy.’) Help others (’The more you do for others, the better shape you're in.’) Then there's the hardest part. It's a lesson Breuning said he learned from his grandfather: Accept death. (’Never be afraid to die. Because you're born to die.’) — [blueridgenow.com]

Full accreditation for Mission’s Chest Pain Center

“Mission Hospital has again earned full accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Only one percent of all hospitals in the United States have this designation. Mission is the only Western North Carolina hospital to receive the accreditation.” — [Mission Hospital]

Enka High Soccer aims to stomp out breast cancer

“Last year the Enka Sugar Jets raised almost $1,300 [during] the high school’s Annual ‘Pink Out’ fundraiser. [This year], April 20, at Enka High Stadium, the Enka High Sugar Jets will take on Erwin High School at 5 p.m. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets for $1 each, or 6 for $5; wear pink for a free ticket. The drawing will be held after the game; winners must be present to win. Proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Awareness and The Hope Chest for Women. For more information, call 280-4427.” — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Five myths about colorectal cancer

“1. Colorectal cancer is a man’s disease.  Colorectal cancer is just as common in women as it is in men.  The disease is diagnosed in approximately 150,000 Americans each year, and about 50,000 die from the disease. … 5. 5. It’s better not to get tested for colorectal cancer because it’s deadly anyway.  Colorectal cancer is often highly treatable.  Five-year survival is about 90% if the disease is found and treated in the early stage.” — [Mission’s Voices of Courage blog]

— Send your health-and-wellness news to mxhealth@mountainx.com or news@mountainx.com, or call News Editor Margaret Williams at 251-1333, ext. 152.

what: The Great Smokies Craft Brewers Brewgrass Festival
where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park
when: Saturday, September 18 (noon to 7 p.m. Sold out for the fifth year in a row. Benefits Big Brothers/ Big Sisters. Important info: Bring your I.D. and ticket print-out. Rain or shine. No one under 18 without adult. No coolers. No pets. No tents. No Frisbees.
when: Sunday, Aug. 29, from 1 to 9 p.m. ($10 suggested donation. Info: westvillepub.com or 225-9782.)

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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