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Macon County Public Health is currently conducting a series of public listening sessions to gain public input on a variety of vulnerable health populations who live in Macon County.

  • A listening session to learn more about the issues affecting Latino residents of Macon County will be held on Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. Dinner will be provided. The meeting will be held at the Sunset Restaurant, 498 Harrison Ave. in Franklin.
  • A listening session to learn more about the issues affecting senior citizens will be held on Friday, March 13, at noon. A lunch will be provided. The meeting will be held at the Macon County Senior Center, 108 Wayah Street in Franklin.
  • A listening session to learn more about the issues affecting uninsured and/or lower income citizens will be held on Monday, March 16, at 6 p.m. A meal will be provided. The meeting will be held at Macon County Public Health, 1830 Lakeside Drive in Franklin.
  • A listening session to learn more about the issues affecting those living with a mental illness in Macon County will be held on Monday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Dinner will be provided. The meeting will be held at the Sunset Restaurant, 498 Harrison Ave. in Franklin.
  • A listening session to learn more about the issues affecting the uninsured and/or lower income residents of Highlands will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at noon. A lunch will be provided. The meeting will be held at the Highlands Community Care Clinic, 52 Dora Lane in Highlands.

Harris Regional Hospital, in partnership with both the Western Carolina University Nutrition Club and the Jackson County Department of Public Health, will host the March “Tuesdays to Thrive” session, focused around nutrition and eating for a healthy lifestyle, on Tuesday, March 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the main lobby of Harris Regional Hospital. The event, which is open to all community members, is part of a year-long series of wellness events in partnership with Jackson County Department of Public Health held the first Tuesday of each month.

Event attendees will learn how to “eat smart, move more, and weigh less.” Experts on the topic of nutrition and healthy eating will provide education as part of National Nutrition Month, as well as doing a healthy cooking demonstration. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the experts and get assistance developing a nutrition and healthy lifestyle plan that works for them.

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The Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment Committee is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015 year. The endowment is an affiliate of the N.C. Community Foundation.

This Scholarship Program for Nurses was established in 1997 as a memorial to Judy Moore, RN who was killed in a tragic accident in 1996. A resident of Macon County, Moore was an inspiration to both nurses and patients in her role as a Community Health Nurse III and as an OB-GYN Nurse Practitioner.

Since the first award in August 1998, the scholarship has been given to 30 individuals (some have been awarded funding more than one year) and more than $30,000 has been presented.

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At the upcoming Feb. 24, Ladies Night Out program, the topic will be My Heart Beats For You (Heart Health). The guest speaker will be Dr. Kit Helm.

February is Heart Health Month. During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. Learn about risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) — including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure — is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. It is a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities. CVD costs the United States more than $300 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

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