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MedWest-Harris Rehabilitation Services is offering a free running seminar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, at MedWest Rehabilitation Services on the MedWest-Harris campus in Sylva with expert orthopedic physical therapist and competitive runner Todd Watson, DPT.

Watson is a professor of physical therapy at Western Carolina University and a two-time Boston Marathon finisher. In the May 22 seminar, he will help attendees learn more about the Chi Running technique, barefoot running, what physical therapy can do for runners and how to improve or begin a running program. Both the Chi Running method and barefoot running concept are designed to reduce wear and tear on joints, minimize impact and maximize the efficiency of running for improved health and fitness.

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During the month of April, the Macon County Public Health Center celebrated Public Health Month by recognizing a Public Health Hero. The objective of making this award is to broaden people’s awareness and understanding of the important role that public health plays in all of our lives.

The health center asked the public to submit nominations for individuals who had made an exceptional contribution toward promoting and protecting the health of citizens in Macon County. In addition, the nominees must have performed their services as volunteers without financial compensation.

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Southwestern Community College’s Medical Assisting and Culinary Arts clubs raised $2,850 in a spaghetti dinner benefit last month for 10-year-old Riley Schwalm, who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The event, held at the Jackson County Resource Building in Webster, also included a silent auction, door prizes and live bluegrass music performed by The Bluegrass Misfits. All the proceeds were donated to the Schwalm family, as well as proceeds from the club’s Valentine Day raffle and bake sale.

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The second kick-off for Lighten Up for Life for our community sponsored by Angel Medical Center and Macon County Public Health will be on Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. in the Franklin High School Gymnasium. The LU4L program is a free weight loss challenge that is entirely web based.

The program is based on 4-person teams who compete with others to lose the largest percentage of weight against the other teams.

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