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The AdvantageWest board of directors will meet for its regular bimonthly meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 9 a.m. at Tri-County Community College in Murphy. Board meetings are open to the public. For more information call AdvantageWest at (828) 687-7234.

AdvantageWest is the regional economic development partnership serving the 23 westernmost counties of North Carolina, a geographic area of nearly 10,000 square miles – larger than eight other U.S. states and roughly the size of the state of Maryland. Chartered by the state General Assembly in 1994, AdvantageWest is a nonprofit, public-private partnership.

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Angel Medical Center (AMC) is gearing up for the second annual “Macon Your Heart Beat” 5K walk/run event, to raise funds for its Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 at Tassee shelter on the Little Tennessee Greenway.

All proceeds from the event will go to support Angel Medical’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. The program allows patients to properly recuperate from treatment, which according to AMC’s director of media relations Bonnie Peggs, is rarely fully covered by insurance plans. “Insurance usually covers 6-8 rehab sessions, and we recommend at least 10 in order to properly recover,” said Peggs.

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The term “women’s health” implies a separation between what a female does during adulthood to stay healthy from what she did – or had done for her – as a child. However, more attention than ever is focusing on urging and enabling children to adopt healthy habits that will last a lifetime. The national epidemic of childhood obesity alone has pediatricians, policymakers, school administrators, even the First Lady, as well as parents, involved in a coast-to-coast conversation about eating habits, access to healthy foods and appropriate activity levels for our kids.

In addition to urging girls to substitute an apple for that bag of chips as an after-school snack, there are also some other important aspects of managing a girl’s health. The goal is to give her the best start on becoming a healthy woman and habits to maintain that health throughout her lifespan.

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It’s present everywhere, every day and in everybody’s life. Many residents of Macon County are not even aware of this silent force in their lives. Public health affects us all, ensuring that food served in our restaurants is safe to eat, keeping our water clean, making sure our children are vaccinated against dangerous diseases, and generally contributing to the quality of life in our county.

Macon County Public Health wants us to know about these and other public health benefits, so they are celebrating North Carolina Public Health Month in April.

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