WNC Wellness review: Health reports, free yoga & flame retardants in butter

In this week’s WNC Wellness review: County Health Survey results are in; Asheville Community Yoga offers free classes; Pardee board names interim CEO; Hendersonville neurosurgeon gets reinstated and more.

Asheville, Buncombe County survey identifies county’s health goals:

One in three people in Buncombe County said they are in fair or poor health, up from one in five people in 2005, according to a new survey. Health officials were hoping to point the needle the other way. Instead, the survey shows Buncombe residents are in worse health and in greater need of health care then they were five years ago.

— [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Asheville Community Yoga studio offers free classes:

‘What’s going on here is truly magical,’ said Michael Greenfield, founder of what he says is Asheville’s first and only free yoga studio. ‘It has been a real community effort, and it’s changing people’s lives.’

— [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• ASAP applauds passage of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act:

By a vote of 264 to 157, the House passed S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The bill will improve school meals, support farmers through Farm to School programs, address skyrocketing obesity rates, and feed more hungry children. It is also the first real increase in the Federal reimbursement rate for school lunches in more than 30 years.

— [ASAP Facebook page]

Asheville community pauses to mark World AIDS Day:

Quilt panels and their messages enveloped the more than 100 people who attended the vigil. The event was one of remembrance, reflection and recommitment to fight for a cure — and against stigma still attached to the disease.

— [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Opinion: Mission Hospitals: At a critical crossroad:

The bottom line, in my opinion, is that in the future, all health providers will be delivering more services with relatively fewer resources. In this context, I raise below a number of policy issues for Mission Hospitals’ governing board, medical staff and management team and the total community, realizing that in coming years a number of compromises will be necessary in their actual implementation.

— [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Pardee board names interim CEO:

The Board of Directors of the Henderson County Hospital Corporation has named Gerald Maier, FACHE, interim President/CEO of Pardee Hospital.

— [Pardee Blog]

UNCA Board of Trustees recognizes Wilma Sherrill:

The North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness, scheduled to open at UNC Asheville in Summer 2011, has been named in honor of Wilma Sherrill, a long-time advocate for health and wellbeing for children and families.

— [Mountain Xpress]

NC Medical Board reinstates license for Hendersonville neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Rosner:

A neurosurgeon has regained his medical license eight years after being suspended for performing a controversial skull surgery. The N.C. Medical Board granted Dr. Michael Rosner a license with conditions that include requiring patients get an independent examination before he performs some surgeries.

— [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Wellness at work reaps big returns:

Wellness programs are smart for employees and the bottom line, a new study shows. The return on investment is sometimes as high as six to one.

— [Futurity.org]

Flame retardants found in butter:

As part of an ongoing investigation into chemicals in our food supply, scientists found extremely high concentrations of a flame-retardant compound in a supermarket sample of brand-name butter. It is the first documented case of serious contamination in food in the United States with a class of chemicals known as PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

— [Discovery News]

Stem cell spray heals burns:

A spray solution of a patient’s own stem cells is healing their severe burns. So far, early experiments under a University of Utah pilot project are showing some remarkable results.

— [ksl.com]

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