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Features Health & Wellness

Weight loss expert offers slimming tips to last a lifetime

Losing weight has become a matter of life or death and counting calories, Weight Watcher points and fat grams hasn’t lessened the numbers of people affected. In 2010, more than 25 percent of Americans had pre-diabetes and another 1.9 million got a diabetes diagnosis, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The single most effective way for people to avoid the disease? Losing weight.

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Health director offers tips to avoid mosquito bites.

Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner recently confirmed that two children from the local area have been diagnosed with La Crosse Viral Encephalitis (LAC) in Macon County. One of the children is from the Highlands area of the county and the other child is from the Franklin area. Both of the children were hospitalized, but have now been released and are recovering at home.

“These cases are an unfortunate reminder that we all need to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites,” said Bruckner. In addition to La Crosse, mosquitoes are carriers of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile virus, and other diseases.

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Macon County Public Health has scheduled a series of seasonal influenza vaccination clinics at locations in Franklin and Highlands. This year, seasonal influenza vaccine provides protection against three strains of influenza, including H1N1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine. Children under 9 years of age who haven’t been vaccinated against the flu in the past will need two doses of flu vaccine.

Appointments are not needed for these clinics and vaccine will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Individuals unable to wait in line may have someone wait in line for them and a nurse will take vaccine to their vehicle.

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Mary K. Barbour and Connie Berry of Legacy Zumba Fitness met with Beto Perez, originator of Zumba Fitness, during the recent 2012 Zumba Fitness Instructors Convention in Orlando, Fla.

 

 

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