WNC Wellness review: Pardee CEO resigns; YMCA lands anti-obesity grant; AIDS walk draws crowd

YMCA receives $50K grant to fight obesity:

The YMCA of Western North Carolina received a $50,000 grant from the Community Benefits Program of Mission Hospitals. The grant will support the YMCA in its efforts to reduce childhood obesity rates by expanding its Youth Fit for Life Program, a research-based, long-term initiative designed to educate and encourage the youth of Buncombe and McDowell counties to live healthier lives.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]  

• Pardee CEO announces resignation:

The Board of Directors of the Henderson County Hospital Corporation has announced it has received a letter of resignation from Kris Hoce, President and CEO of Pardee Hospital.” – [Pardee Blog]

Asheville’s AIDS Awareness Walk attracts diverse crowd:

The faces of the 200 or so people taking part in Saturday’s AIDS Awareness Walk through downtown Asheville were a snapshot of America. Grandfathers, little kids, doctors, homeless veterans, corporate CEOs, stay-at-home moms, radical activists, preachers, gay men and lesbians, teenage girls in matching sweatshirts, restaurant workers, nonprofit volunteers and, because it’s Asheville, the usual assortment of well-behaved dogs.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times] 

• Hendersonville Hematology and Oncology joins Pardee:

Pardee Hospital is proud to announce a new relationship with Hendersonville Hematology and Oncology. The practice has officially joined Pardee and is now known as Hendersonville Hematology and Oncology at Pardee.” – [Pardee Blog]

• Flu shots available at Buncombe County Department of Health:

The Buncombe County Department of Health will provide flu vaccine from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Immunization Department at 35 Woodfin St. Flu shots will be available for anyone age 6 months and above, and flu mist can be provided for those ages 2–49” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Just 4 Girls Health – Free event:

Pardee Hospital, Girl Scouts and the Henderson County Family YMCA will present a health event designed for girls 12 – 19 years old on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 1:30 until 4 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall. Just 4 Girls Health will feature refreshments, gifts, information and several interactive discussions with healthcare providers about keeping girls safe and healthy. ” – [Pardee Blog]

“Blue button” technology pushed to give patients instant access to medical records:

Two federal organizations have implemented virtual blue-button icons on their patient portal websites that, when clicked, give patients the real-time ability to download their own health information. Meanwhile, the concept is gaining steam in the private sector.” – [American Medical News] 

• BPA from thermal paper receipts passes through the skin: [*declared toxic by Canada]

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical found in the thermal paper widely used in receipts from cash registers and in some plastics and resins, and has now been shown to pass through human skin.” – [physorg.com]

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