WNC Wellness review: Biking buys greenways; Andie McDowell wants better doctor/patient relations

• Citizen-Times “Health kudos”: Counties receive healthy-living grants:

“The state awarded $300,000 in grants to 20 health departments to implement physical activity programs for adolescents 9- to 14-years-old. Buncombe County will use the funds to promote biking and walking to school, and teaching bicycle safety. In Clay County, funds will go toward organizing a mountain biking skills training and exercise program. Henderson County plans to build and refurbish walking trails at or near schools.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

• FDA Recall: Benadryl, Tylenol, Motrin products: (full list)

…a continuing internal review determined that some packaging materials used in the lots had been shipped and stored on the same type of wooden pallet that was tied to the presence of TBA in earlier recalled lots” – [FDA]

• Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center offer new “Seniors in Motion” class:

This class is designed to help promote range of motion, breathing, stretching and moving the entire body with the aid of motivating music. For more information about “Seniors in Motion” or for additional class information please call the Rehab and Wellness Center at (828) 698-6774. ” – [Pardee Blog] 

• Asheville actress Andie MacDowell supports new program that encourages patient-doctor dialogue:

MacDowell has partnered with former U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona to highlight the importance of effective communication between patients and their doctors with a new program, “Time to Talk CARDIO (Creating A Real Dialogue In the Office).” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Asheville ‘pedal project’ aims to add more greenways:

Every cent counts, and Liberty Bikes co-owner Mike Nix is out to prove it by donating one penny to RiverLink for every mile logged on greenways by cyclists. All proceeds raised from the Pedal Link Project will be used toward the purchase of an 11-acre stretch of land, the Waller Tract, which will connect Carrier Park to Hominy Creek Park in Buncombe County. Since April 1, about 175 cyclists have logged nearly 130,000 miles.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Mission Hospital plans medical podcasts:

Planning medical podcasts by surgeons, docs, experts. What would you want to know more about? Pls reply.” – [Mission Hospital Twitter feed]

• What we still don’t know about sunscreens:

Americans dutifully slather on sunscreens every summer, hoping to stave off aging, wrinkles and cancer. But with each passing season, more questions are raised about whether the labeling and safety guidelines for sunscreens, created in 1978, are adequate or misleading.” – [New York Times]

• Bad air day? Here’s how to survive:

Once you’ve figured out what factors are most likely to pose a problem (usually by trial and error, or testing for allergies), and know the conditions in your area, there are several things you can do to cope.” – [CNN Health]

• U.S. to provide $25 million to help states buy AIDS Drugs:

As of July 1, about 2,100 people were on waiting lists for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program in 11 states: Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.” – [New York Times]

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