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The American Cancer Society has scheduled the Great American Smokeout (GASO) for Nov. 20, 2014, to encourage smokers to quit for a day in the hope they may quit for good.

Pharmacotherapies, behavioral therapies, and counseling—including telephone counseling— can help patients quit and increase their chances of not relapsing.

Dawn Wilde Burgess, community health promotion supervisor at Macon County Public Health urges people that are ready to stop smoking to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or register online at WWW.QuitlineNC.com. To qualify to receive eight weeks of free nicotine patches you must: call or register online on Nov. 20, 2014; be 18 years or older; call from an N.C. phone number; and, commit to a quit date. For service in Spanish, call 1-855-DEJELO-YA or 1-855-335-3569.



Macon County Public Health has a mission for reaching people with diabetes. In recognition of November as National Diabetes Awareness Month, MCPH is announcing a “Diabetes Expo” to be held at Macon County Public Health on Monday, Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Diabetes Expo will offer: information on how to get control of blood glucose, recipes, live fitness demos, local resources for medical and financial support, tips for success, and a chance to speak with registered dietitians.

Free fasting glucose checks will be available while supplies last. If you are concerned about your risk for diabetes or whether you are maintaining control, you are invited to participate in this risk screening opportunity.

For more information about the Diabetes Expo or the Diabetes Self-Management Program, contact Jessi Bassett, RD, at (828)349-2086.

Sherry Dills of Macon County has been awarded a 2014 CCNC Healthcare Quality Award.

Dills works as a district project manager with AccessCare, serving seven N.C. counties – Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain.

Dills oversees a multidisciplinary care management team and has built partnerships throughout the Far West communities to improve health outcomes.

Pictured is John Bristol, vice president of business operations for AccessCare, presents Sherry Dills of Macon County with the 2014 CCNC Health Care Quality Award.

After more than a month of being in the classroom full-time, 13 Southwestern Community College radiography students are now into their clinical rotations at a variety of area hospitals.

On their first set of rotations, these students will work under the direction of radiography professionals and assist in the taking of x-rays as well as other daily tasks.

All the students are working toward a two-year, associate degree. Upon graduation, they can work in diagnostic x-ray departments or continue to specialty areas like MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), nuclear medicine, sonography, mammography, CT (Computed Tomography), radiation therapy or continue their education and work toward a bachelor’s degree.



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