HAPPY THANKSGIVING! :: click here to view the 2015 Christmas Gift Guide!

Click for Franklin, North Carolina Forecast

Features Health & Wellness

Denture program is also on the chopping block.

Staffing challenges at the Macon County Department of Public Health could put the county's WIC (women, infants, and children) program in jeopardy by the year's end.

A significant portion of the county's WIC program involves the education and awareness of proper nutrition and healthy eating habits promoted by the program's nutritionist. In May, the health department lost one nutritionist and the second left in September, leaving the health department scrambling to fill the void. By law, the WIC program has to have either a nurse or nutritionist on staff to to provide nutrition education to its clients.

"Our agreement addenda with the state requires that we have a nutritionist or nurse on staff to provide nutrition education for pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children in the WIC program," said Lynn Baker, who manages the county's WIC program. "We choose to hire a nutritionist because that salary is least expensive."


Nearly 60 people gathered in the library last Saturday to hear Dr. Beverly Gerard, of Natural Therapies, MD, speak about adrenal fatigue. Many in the crowd took notes and asked incisive questions at the end of her presentation.

Gerard explained that a conventional physician and an integrative or functional physician might see the symptoms of adrenal fatigue differently. “He might say ‘I’ve never heard of it. I don’t believe in it,’” she stated. “Adrenal fatigue is not a life threatening disease. It is a functional condition that leads to chronic stress and fatigue. I want you to have a better quality of life.” She believes that nourishing the adrenal glands, small glands located on top of the kidneys, leads to improvement in energy and overall health. She sees positive results in her patients for a range of issues.


At the upcoming Oct, 27, Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be Breast and Cervical Cancer. Teresa Mallonee will be discussing this month’s topic, “Fight Like a Girl.”

Those who bring donations for REACH will receive an extra door prize ticket. Items needed include shelf stable foods/drink and other goods such as laundry detergent, paper towels, napkins, plates and cups.

Ladies Night Out is a partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center (AMC) to provide free monthly programs on a variety of health topics for women with an emphasis on the importance of regular health screenings. The Franklin Bi-Lo and Fatz of Franklin are corporate sponsors of the programs and provide snacks and door prizes each month.


Although the last confirmed case of the avian influenza (bird flu) was in June, experts are bracing for the outbreak's impact on Thanksgiving.

With the potential for the disease to move south with birds migrating for winter, it's likely that turkeys on the Thanksgiving table will be impacted.

"Minnesota was the second largest turkey producing state in the country," said Joe Deal, Assistant Extension Agent, Agriculture with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. "The disease impacted 8.9 million birds in that state. Many of those birds were turkeys and would have found their way to the Thanksgiving table this fall. North Carolina was the third largest producer of turkeys in the country. As of now, N.C. probably is number two because of the loss in Minnesota.There will be fewer turkeys available for Thanksgiving dinner this year and probably a higher price tag as a result."


Page 1 of 120


Christmas Gift Guide 2015

Grab your copy on newsstands today!  

Macon County News is now on:
Find the Macon County News on Facebook! and Find the Macon County News on twitter!
Facebook   Twitter