• The Better Business Bureau announced last Friday that a recall has been issued by Girl Scout cookie-maker Little Brownie Bakers citing “an off taste and smell” from certain packages of ‘Lemon Chalet Crème’ cookies. The announcement added: “while the cookies are safe for consumers to eat, they are not up to our quality standards.”
• The Citizen-Times gave out some “health kudos” this week for achievements made by the WNC health community. Included are:
- Dr. Brian Seng’s article published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery
- Dr. Pam Gutbier Allen joining the Pardee medical staff
- Gary Thompson receiving a Health Engineer Award
• The Buncombe County Health Department evaluated Asheville and Erwin school health centers as they are looking to develop alternative programs.
“We are going to slow the train down and continue to provide the services we are providing,” said Nelle Gregory, school health manager.
These evaluations come in conjunction with an announcement that the County Health Department is looking to outsource, as it changes the “focus of service” from a service provider to a more traditional Health Department.
• Patton Counseling, a mental health provider, essentially suspended services for hundreds of clients in Buncombe and Madison counties citing funding cuts in mental health and substance abuse services.
• WCU professor Jason Clement has been given a $248K grant to develop a cultivar of the herb black cohosh, a native medicinal at risk of being overharvested.
• A recent UNC study revealed this shocker: Kids like snack foods! The study found that junk food accounts for up to 27 percent of daily caloric intake.
• Workaholics Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship for compulsive workers, is hosting its ‘South Conference‘ March 20-21 at Asheville Ramada Hotel.
• In tobacco news, The N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund plans to award $1.2 million in grants in an attempt to cut campus tobacco use, and N.C. residents covered by the State Health plan can now receive up to 8 weeks worth of free nicotine patches.
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See you next week. Stay healthy.