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NC Child and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine hosted the 2015 Child Health Summit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the North Carolina Child Health Report Card and 20 years of progress in children’s health. 150 leading voices for child health were in attendance for the event, including legislators, officials from the state Department of Health and Human Service, and non-profit leaders.

“The Child Health Report Card has been an invaluable resource over the past two decades,” said Dr. Adam Zolotor, PhD, Interim President of the North Carolina Institute for Medicine. “By looking at a consistent, comprehensive set of health outcomes every year, we can identify challenges and opportunities, and recognize areas of success.”

According to the authors of the 2014 Report Card, North Carolina’s children are significantly healthier today than they were 20 years ago. Health insurance coverage is at an all-time high, youth smoking is down, and “a child born today is half as likely to die before his or her first birthday as a child born in the 1990s.”

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Harris Regional Hospital, in partnership with the Jackson County Department of Public Health, will host the April “Tuesdays to Thrive” session, focused around stress management and mental health, on Tuesday, April 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the main lobby of Harris Regional Hospital. The event, which is open to all community members, is part of a year-long series of wellness events in partnership with Jackson County Department of Public Health held the first Tuesday of each month.

Event attendees will learn about stress management techniques and local resources for dealing with stress. Featured speakers include Greta Metcalf with Jackson Psychological Services and Kate Glance with Smoky Mountain Center. Participants will also practice stress management techniques through Tai Chi, led by Glenn Kastrinos, Western Carolina University instructor.

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Prospective nursing students can learn about career opportunities in the field as Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing hosts its seventh annual Education Fair on Saturday, March 28, at WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No registration is required to attend, and prospective students are welcome to drop in at any time. The offices and classrooms of WCU’s Programs at Biltmore Park are located at 28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 300.

University representatives will be on hand to discuss WCU’s traditional pre-licensure bachelor’s degree program in nursing, the accelerated bachelor’s program, the registered nurse to bachelor’s degree program, the registered nurse to master of science program, and a dual enrollment undergraduate program that WCU offers in conjunction with four area community colleges – Asheville-Buncombe Technical, Blue Ridge, Southwestern and Isothermal.

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A pilot study from North Carolina State University finds that people are not consistent in how they prepare mentally to deal with arguments and other stressors, with each individual displaying a variety of coping behaviors. In addition, the study found that the coping strategies people used could affect them the following day.

The findings stem from a pilot study of older adults, which is the first to track the day-to-day coping behaviors people use in advance of stressful events.

“This finding tells us, for the first time, that these behaviors are dynamic,” says Dr. Shevaun Neupert, lead author of a paper describing the study and an associate professor of psychology at NC State. “This highlights a whole new area for researching the psychology of daily health and wellbeing.

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