Losing weight is hard, and keeping it off may be even harder. Local experts share information and tips to help sustain a healthy weight after taking off some pounds.
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Local agencies battle health woes of food deserts in WNC
Food deserts —areas where people do not have easy access to large grocery stores — can occur in both urban or rural areas. Food deserts exist in many areas of WNC, including Asheville and Hendersonville. Malnutrition that occurs in food deserts can lead to poor physical and mental health.
Letter writer: Swap nuggets for lentils to become ‘Fit City’
“Fast food is cheap because it’s subsidized by the Department of Agriculture.”
Looking for solutions to Asheville’s obesity problem
Earlier this month, survey company WalletHub marked Asheville as one of the “Fattest Cities” in the country. Asheville ranked No. 43 among the 100 most populated U.S. metro areas for obesity levels, weight-related health problems and environmental factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, reports that the South has the second-highest regional rate […]
Health assessment drives solutions
A new health assessment for Buncombe County shows an increase in the number of infant deaths, deaths from complications of diabetes and incidences of opiate overdoses. The 2015 Community Health Assessment Report, released last week, also details how to address these and other health problems in the county. The assessment is performed in each county […]
Sweet Inspiration helps WNC patients turn their health around
Sweet Inspiration’s Learn How to Turn Your Health Around program combines the best of Eastern and Western medicine practices for a new perspective on issues such as pre-diabetes, diabetes and obesity. And it helps motivate patients manage their health through diet and lifestyle changes.
Obesity is taking North Carolina by storm
Obesity has taken North Carolina by storm. Over one-third of North Carolina youth ages 10-17 are overweight or obese. This ranks North Carolina as 11th highest in the nation for obese youth. When doing an advocacy project with Youth Empowered Solutions, I called a N.C. representative to educate them on the importance of policies that […]
Out of the frying pan
The statistics are hard to ignore. In Buncombe County, 28 percent of kindergartners — and 39 percent of fifth-graders — are overweight. New U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines released this month propose the first major nutritional overhaul of school lunches in 15 years. Based on recommendations by the nonprofit Institute of Medicine, these guidelines would […]
Ask Christ School senior Addison Honeycutt, and he’ll tell you that healthy eating options abound at the private, all-male Episcopal school, citing the baskets of apples and extensive salad bar in the dining hall. And while most of his classmates live on the Arden campus, Honeycutt, a day student, can compare the meal offerings to […]