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Features Health & Wellness

With Thanksgiving under our belts, and Christmas coming fast, the holidays are a great opportunity to spend time with friends and loved ones and gather round the dinner table and enjoy a hearty meal. While those meals and quality time are great for the family, they aren't ways best for the waist line. Luckily, Franklin is full of opportunities to shed the holiday weight just in time to keep your New Year's resolutions.

Body Visions Gym encourages portion control and stress relief

Body Visions Gym reminds the community to remember portion control over the holidays. “Everyone should remember portion control when they are gathered with family and friends,” said Gino Pignataro. “There is always so much good food to choose from. Also, avoid stressful situations, go for a walk, and if it is too cold for that, Body Visions Gym offers a day pass for only $5 to help you relieve some stress.”


Angel Medical Center Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results from an on-site inspection.

The laboratory’s director, Michael E. Rohlfing, M.D. and the Lab Director, Tim Gordon, were advised of the national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.


The highly anticipated and valiantly fought for dialysis center is in the home stretch of the planning phase. During November's regularly scheduled Macon County Board of Commissioners' meeting, Commissioner Ronnie Beale updated the board and informed them that the ground breaking for the new facility could be held as early as the first week in January.

“With lease negotiations nearly complete, the people of Macon County will be able to receive the life-saving treatment so many desperately need right here at home within a year,” said Beale. “This has been a long process, but I think in the end, it will be the best thing we could possible do for the people of the community.”


Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of death from cancer. Since 1993 the incidence of pancreatic cancer has remained stable in men while increasing slightly in women reflecting smoking trends in men and women. The typical patient with newly diagnosed cancer of the pancreas is 63 years old.

Factors that increase the risk of pancreatic cancer include smoking, diabetes and inflammation of the pancreas. The incidence of pancreatic cancer is higher among those who eat red meat and lower among those who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. An inherited tendency to develop pancreatic cancer accounts for ten percent of cases. Some families with an inherited risk for developing pancreatic cancer have an increased risk for developing other types of cancer as well.


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