WNC Wellness review: Animals make us healthier (and more)

Asheville nonprofit’s animals make humans healthier:

‘This is more than just a way to cheer people up for a few minutes a day,’ said Pam Hardin, Paws With a Purpose founder and executive director, and pet therapy coordinator at Mission. ‘Dogs are perceptive and more in tune with nature than we are,’ she said. ‘They can sense what a patient needs in ways that we can’t, and it can be an incredibly healing experience for them.’” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

• Asheville woman on quest to get defibrillators in public places:

Shook has been on a mission to get automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, in as many public places as possible. Her family’s Houston-based foundation, the Charles and Betti Saunders Foundation, has helped by donating money to organizations to buy the $1,500 devices.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

• Historical graph of flu in North Carolina:

Influenza is here. See the historical graph of flu in North Carolina. Mission Hospital and is seeing high numbers of Influenza as well. Protect yourself: cover your cough, stay home when sick, wash hands frequently.” – [Mission Facebook page]

• New Asheville center helps people who suffer from migraines:

The headache center that is housed at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain is one of the only clinics in the area dedicated to treating headaches.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Dr. T. Colin Campbell to speak at UNC Asheville on the China Study:

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus at Cornell University, and world renowned author of The China Study will be speaking in Lipinsky Hall Auditorium, UNC Asheville. This event is open to the public. Free for UNC Asheville; a suggested donation $5 for all others.” – [Park Ridge Health]

Stress, lack of exercise, poor diets contribute to heart disease in women:

‘Women in general are stressed due to the fast-paced world and responsibilities of work, family and household needs. With that being said, women have a tendency to ignore their bodies’ cues telling them it is working at less than 100 percent,’ said Julie Palmer, community wellness educator with Park Ridge Wellness at Park Ridge Health in Henderson County.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

Caregiver workshop in Asheville, March 1st:

MemoryCare and Mountain Home Care are offering a free workshop to caregivers of persons with dementia on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 from 2pm-4pm at the Givens Performing Arts Center on the campus of Givens Estates Retirement Community (2360 Sweeten Creak Road, Asheville, NC 28803). The workshop titled “Typical Progression of Dementia – What Can You Do to Help?!” features nationally renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow and is designed to increase understanding of dementia stages and how best to help a patient through each st” – [MemoryCare] 

• Grants target childhood obesity in Asheville area:

The region’s youngest residents will learn the importance of nutrition and exercise thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Partnership for Children and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

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