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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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The employees of Macon County Public Health participated in “Dress in Blue Day” on Friday, March 4. Dress in Blue Day is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

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MedWest Health System donated $1,500 to Smoky Mountain High School to help the school reach a goal of $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. Attending the presentation to announce the launch of a new nurse navigator program at MedWest-Harris hospital were Dr. William Sims, a surgeon with Mountain Valley Surgery, and nurse navigator Mary Mahon.

“MedWest provides a team approach to addressing breast cancer,” said Mike Poore, MedWest CEO. “Our radiologists, surgeons, pathologists and oncologists work closely together to examine each case.”

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