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NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), is offering a free 10- week course on recovery and wellness for adults challenged with a mental illness. This Peer-to-Peer course is a nationally recognized course with a holistic approach to recovery through a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises and stress-management techniques. Living with a mental illness is a traumatic, challenging experience, and can affect all aspects of one's life including work, relationships, family and self-care.

The series is led by NAMI trained facilitators who themselves are in recovery from mental illness and who can share their unique coping strategies with others pursuing recovery. The curriculum covers the major mental illnesses, treatment, coping strategies, and relapse prevention in a safe, confidential environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance so that each individual can explore their own experiences and make choices concerning their own options.


Mission Heart continues to receive national recognition for the outstanding cardiac care provided by its physicians and caregivers.

Mission Heart has earned the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. Mission Hospital is among just 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Mission Heart’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Mission Heart has achieved or surpassed rigorous standards for treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.


Ten ‘clean’ foods to always put in your shopping cart

The fast-paced nature of our modern lives has caused many American families to turn to quick, pre-packaged foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dr. Jonathan Wright, coauthor of Eating Clean For Dummies®, says that these foods don’t pack the nutritious punch that our bodies need. Fortunately, he offers some healthy alternatives.

When you make out your weekly shopping list, are most of the foods you go for in boxes, cans, or some other packaging? Are the foods packed full of ingredients that you can barely pronounce? If so, then you and your family might not be getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy. You may want to trade in those processed foods for whole foods and start eating clean, says Dr. Jonathan Wright.


It’s still not too late to start working towards fitting into that swimsuit you bought this summer. Take advantage of sunny days and summer activities; get out there and get moving. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week to help keep your heart healthy and reach a healthier weight. Don’t have 30 minutes? Break it up and do three 10 minute sessions during your day.

Eating healthier along with regular exercise can help you reach a healthy weight. Following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans or using the MyPlate method is a good place to start. The MyPlate method recommends making half of your plate fruits and vegetables and with all of the fresh produce in season right now it’s a great time of year to try it.


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