WNC wellness review

UNC Health may expand to WNC

"The UNC Health Care System, which is eager to expand its reach beyond its home base in Chapel Hill, is in discussions with Pardee Hospital in Western North Carolina about a possible partnership. Details are still being worked out, but a sale of Pardee to UNC Health isn't being considered. Options could include UNC Health taking over management of Pardee and enhancing the hospital's services with its clinical expertise." — [newsobserver.com]

YWCA Asheville blog: "Tai Chi, Fall Prevention and Friendship"

"Tai Chi has many benefits, one of which is helping older adults to prevent falls. The New York Times recently published an article titled 'New Advice on Preventing Falls' […] The update includes two notable changes: One recommends Tai Chi — the meditative, slow-motion Chinese exercise — as an effective way to prevent falls, while another suggests that doctors review medication use by all elderly patients, with an eye toward reducing use of those drugs that increase the risk of falling.'" — [YWCA Asheville]

Buncombe treatment center for women gets overhaul, holds open house

"FIRST at Blue Ridge Inc. has spent the last two years developing its treatment program and renovating the building which will become its home. The program will begin accepting clients in the next 90 days." — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Wellness at work: It pays to keep employees fit

"When it comes to implementing a wellness plan at your place of business, it’s really all about risk versus reward. And the rewards can be huge, but only if the plan is properly implemented and the management team is committed to its success." — [inddist.com]

Staph bacteria seen in nearly half of U.S. meat

"Researchers tested 136 packages of chicken, turkey, pork and ground beef purchased at 26 grocery stores in five cities around the country, and found that 47 percent contained Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), a common cause of infection in people. What's more, roughly half of the contaminated samples contained strains of the bacteria that were resistant to at least three antibiotics, such as penicillin and tetracycline. Some strains were resistant to a half dozen or more.” — [CNN]

Asheville Police Dept. offers drop box for unwanted prescriptions

"An increasing awareness of the concerns surrounding the disposal of prescription drugs has spurred a local effort to provide Asheville and Buncombe County residents with a safe place to deposit unwanted medicine." — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

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