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Macon County Public Health will celebrate Public Health Month by sponsoring a free Healthy Aging educational series during the month of April. “Just for the Health of It” will provide a free opportunity for individuals approaching middle age or beyond to learn more about ways to expand their years of healthy life and enjoy the benefits of developing healthier habits.

The first series of programs will be held on Thursday, April 2nd. Beginning at 4 p.m., Registered Dietitian Jessi Bassett, RD, LDN will present a program on the optimal use of vitamins and supplements. At 5 p.m. local chef Jerri Fifer will provide samples of “power foods” to incorporate into your diet. She’ll also provide recipes and demonstrations about healthy preparations. From 6 to 7 p.m., local OB-GYN, Dr. Carole Peterson will provide information about menopause, hormone replacement therapy, and thyroid health.


Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing will host its first annual Rural Health Symposium in Asheville on Friday, March 27, to shed light on factors that impact the health of the citizens of rural Western North Carolina.

Regional topics to be addressed include community health needs, health care priorities, effective strategies to meet health care needs, the current state of literacy, health care needs seen by free clinics, and factors contributing to the occurrence of stroke in the region. Community assessments and action plans to address needs also will be discussed.

Nationally recognized rural healthcare expert Lisa M. Harmon will facilitate the symposium. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Asheville-Biltmore West from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $30 for adults and WCU faculty, and $10 for students. Lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, visit or call WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education at (828)227-7397.

Free Kidney Smart Classes held in Franklin every third Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Angel Medical Center, Video Conference Room, 3rd floor, 120 Riverview Street. Contact Majestic Rogers, RN (828)369-9474 or register online at Smart. Take Control, Make a Plan, & Stay the Course.

Red Cross blood drives are planned in Macon County on Friday, March 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lowe's, 161 Franklin Plaza; April 2 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Macon Middle School, 1345 Wells Grove Road; and on Friday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Franklin First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Ave. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call (800)RED CROSS (800)733-2767.

Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recognizes the role of physician leaders in quality person-centered care by celebrating the annual National Day of Recognition for Long Term Care Physicians on March 20.

This initiative started as an effort to honor the memory and work of William Dodd, MD, CMD, founder of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. The U.S. Congress formally designated the special day in 2010.

David Farley, MD, CMD, Macon Valley Center’s Medical Director for more than 26 years, and previously a community physician, recognized that residents of nursing homes were patients with complex medical problems, and that physicians needed to be involved in establishing the standards of management and clinical care for the frail, elderly, and other longterm care facility residents.


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