WNC Wellness review

• ABC Pediatricians of Asheville have warned about a nasty stomach virus going around Asheville and recommend that you “treat with small, frequent sips of pedialyte or water to stay hydrated.” They note two easy steps for preventing illness: “1.Wash your hands 2. Don’t touch face, eyes, nose, mouth. It is that simple.” Mauricio Villa, of Artisan Catering, suggests: “Look online for homemade pedialyte recipes to save big $.” 

 The Biggest Loser, ABC’s weight-loss reality show, shot an 60-second segment on Mission Hospital’s Lighten Up 4 Life program that is due to air next month, in which Ashevillean Tammy Adell was interviewed

 A couple of new local health & wellness websites have recently surfaced; check out YMCA-affiliate Activate Asheville Area and from Hickory, Alliance Chiropractic Center’s Dr Shook’s Blog.

Some news items of note:
 NC health officials in are warning the H1N1 flu outbreak is not over, saying residents still should get the flu vaccine, even though outbreak of the illnesses seems to have already peaked — and that 7 H1N1-related deaths have occurred in NC in the past month.

• Carolina Journal Online reports that Mystery Meat Could Be Reality in N.C. School Districts, quoting a USA Today article that found the government had served meat over the last three years “that wouldn’t meet the quality or safety standards of many fast-food restaurants.” 

• Public health and environmental officials in Old Fort, NC have completed a health study in response to “potential adverse health effects among students and staff at the elementary school as a result of possible contact with toxic chemicals, asbestos and radon.” The report found that cancer rates among people at the school “were not any higher than would be generally expected in a comparable population.” (You can download a 2 page summary of their findings here)  

• Gov.  Perdue recently announced that NC has received a $9.3 million grant to improve the quality of health care delivered to children. Funding will be used to develop technology that measures and tracks the quality of children’s health care.

Please follow us on Twitter and submit WNC health & wellness info with the hashtag: #avlhealth

See you next week. Stay healthy.

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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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