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News Community N.C. Farm Bureau donates $5,000 to local medical community

Pictured (L-R) are Craig Millsaps, Macon County Farm Bureau; Vic Teague, Macon County Farm Bureau; Joe Deal, president of the Macon County Farm Bureau; Sheila Southard, chair of Macon County Healthy Carolinians Elder Care Committee; and Rhonda Blanton, Macon County Healthy Carolinians.The North Carolina Farm Bureau and the Macon County Farm Bureau donated $5,000 to the local medical community in Macon County as part of the North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Healthy Living for a Lifetime initiative, which visited the 1050 WFSC Senior Health Fair at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin on April 28th, 2011. During the event, 118 people received free health screenings, including cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, and bone density.

“The North Carolina Farm Bureau understands the need for high-quality and accessible healthcare in rural North Carolina and this donation is just one way that we can help local healthcare providers address the urgent needs of Macon County residents,” said Larry Wooten, president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau.

“The Macon County Farm Bureau is honored to provide this donation to help improve the lives of our fellow Macon County residents. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the medical community here in Macon County and to continue the Farm Bureau’s commitment to giving back,” said Joe Deal, President of the Macon County Farm Bureau.

“Healthy Living for a Lifetime is a wonderful resource for rural North Carolina communities. The more opportunities that our community has to access health screenings the better, and we thank the North Carolina Farm Bureau and the Macon County Farm Bureau for providing this valuable service. I think the day was a great success and we hope the initiative will return to Macon County in the future,” said Kathy McGaha, Program Director for Healthy Carolinians of Macon County. McGaha noted that the donation would be used to help coordinate care for individuals who may fall into an access to service gap. McGaha continued, “Macon County has worked to coordinate a safety net of health services for our residents; however, there are still those who just miss the eligibility guidelines. These funds will give us an opportunity to address these disparities.”

Healthy Living for a Lifetime is an innovative approach to addressing the immediate healthcare needs of rural North Carolinians while fostering awareness of healthy lifestyle choices that will result in long-term health improvements among vulnerable populations. Using a 50-foot state-of-the-art mobile health screening unit, the initiative provides rural North Carolinians with free health screenings, educational materials, and a path towards a healthier lifestyle. The unit is handicap accessible.

For more information visit www.healthylivingforalifetime.com.


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