25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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As chronic disease rates are rising throughout the country, so is the need for education and motivation for healthy lifestyle changes. Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health care.

Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses can improve their health and quality of life by receiving medical nutrition therapy. During an MNT visit, registered dietitians counsel clients on behavioral and lifestyle changes required to impact long-term eating habits and health.

Macon County Public Health is now offering MNT services to children, young adults ages 20 and under, pregnant and postpartum women, and to those with diabetes.

 

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Macon County could have a one-stop public health clinic.

Right now residents have to go when the individual clinics are scheduled, such as family planning, prenatal, child health, cancer, immunizations.

But thanks to a LEAN initiative from Southwestern Community College and a grant from the Cherokee Preservation Fund, that could change.

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At the upcoming March 22 Ladies Night Out program, the topic will be Overcoming Depression and Stress Reduction.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, major depression affects more than 15 million American adults.

Depression occurs twice as frequently in women as in men, for reasons that are not fully understood. Major depression can significantly interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, activity, and physical health.

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What is the state of health and healthcare in Macon County? Are things getting better or worse? These are just some of the questions that Healthy Carolinians of Macon County (HCMC) hope to answer in its 2011 Comprehensive Community Health Assessment designed to provide a greater understanding of the health needs of the community.

A telephone survey of more than 400 county residents is one of the tools being used to collect data for the assessment, and over the next couple of months, homes will be called at random to contact participants for the survey. As of a Feb. 23 meeting of the HCMC Community Assessment Steering Committee, 130 telephone surveys had already been completed, according to Bill Stiles of Stiles Healthcare Strategies, Inc., a healthcare consulting organization based in Chattanooga, Tenn., which is helping the committee conduct the assessment.

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