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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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Mission Health announces the addition of Betty Anne Mincey, MD to Angel Primary Care. Dr. Mincey joins Angel Primary Care from IPC – The Hospitalist Company where she served as a hospitalist for Community Hospice of Northeast Florida’s inpatient facilities in Jacksonville, Fla.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Mincey join the team of exceptional providers at Angel Primary Care,” said Jim Bross, president, Angel Medical Center. “Communities such as Franklin are in need of more primary care physicians. Dr. Mincey will be a valuable asset to the community and will help fill that need.”

Dr. Mincey is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She earned her medical degree from The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Jacksonville, Fla. Dr. Mincey has accrued many years of volunteer physician work and has been published numerous times in journals and abstracts.

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Union Academy Principal Diane Cotton and Macon County Public Health are serious about helping Union students not use tobacco products.

On Jan. 27, Union Academy partnered with Macon County Public Health and hosted a student assembly at which Paul Turner, Director of NC Spit Tobacco Education Program was invited to speak. Turner is a former director of Oral Health America’s National Spit Tobacco Education Program and has worked with Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, the Professional Baseball Trainers Association, the dental community and the tobacco control community to educate youth, parents, athletes and coaches that spit tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking. He retired as Deputy Director of Oral Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to the use of spit tobacco, Turner discussed the dangers of using all tobacco products, including smoking and ENDS products (electronic nicotine delivery systems), such as e-cigarettes. He explained the dangers of all tobacco products and dispelled some myths about the use of ENDS safety. ENDS still contain nicotine and, since manufacturers are not required to publish what chemicals are also contained in them, it is unknown what toxins are being inhaled. Nicotine in itself is addictive.

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