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Eat Smart, Move More offers free Holiday Challenge

Many North Carolinians gain between one and five pounds every holiday season. It may not sound like much, but most people who gain weight during the holidays never manage to return to their pre-holiday weight. The statewide Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina movement is offering a free resource to help you keep weight gain at bay this holiday season.

North Carolinians are invited to join the sixth annual Eat Smart, Move More...Maintain, don't gain! Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this free six-week challenge provides participants with tips, tricks and ideas to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season.

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MedWest-Harris in Sylva has been recognized by the Premier healthcare performance improvement alliance and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

MedWest Health System Vice President of Quality/Regulatory Luanna Easton said Med-West-Harris received two awards for its Surgical Care Improvement Project from the Premier/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project. The awards are in the attainment and improvement categories, for meeting or exceeding quality scores from the prior two years, and for ranking in the top 20 percent of hospitals with the largest percentage of quality improvements.

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Experts share advice on how to stay healthy at every stage of life

Men who maintain a healthy body throughout life are often better able to fight off diseases like cancer. That’s why experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have created a guide with cancer prevention tips to help men at every stage of life.

“Practicing the healthy behaviors in our guide is important for all men, regardless of age,” said Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center. “So take note of all of these tips — even the ones directed toward men older or younger than you.”

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Local Boy Scout Troop 999 sponsored by Sylva First Methodist Church is focusing this year on what to do when a person suffers a heart attack. This vital training program was greatly enhanced this week when the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation in partnership with the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association and Andy Shaw Ford, Inc. presented a “Resusi Anne” training unit to the scout troop.

In presenting the CPR unit, Larry Hinton, General Manager of Andy Shaw Ford, Inc. said, “If the right kind of treatment can be given to a heart attack victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that their life can be saved. CPR training teaches a person how to keep the heart beating until professional help arrives,” he added.

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