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The term “women’s health” implies a separation between what a female does during adulthood to stay healthy from what she did – or had done for her – as a child. However, more attention than ever is focusing on urging and enabling children to adopt healthy habits that will last a lifetime. The national epidemic of childhood obesity alone has pediatricians, policymakers, school administrators, even the First Lady, as well as parents, involved in a coast-to-coast conversation about eating habits, access to healthy foods and appropriate activity levels for our kids.

In addition to urging girls to substitute an apple for that bag of chips as an after-school snack, there are also some other important aspects of managing a girl’s health. The goal is to give her the best start on becoming a healthy woman and habits to maintain that health throughout her lifespan.

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It’s present everywhere, every day and in everybody’s life. Many residents of Macon County are not even aware of this silent force in their lives. Public health affects us all, ensuring that food served in our restaurants is safe to eat, keeping our water clean, making sure our children are vaccinated against dangerous diseases, and generally contributing to the quality of life in our county.

Macon County Public Health wants us to know about these and other public health benefits, so they are celebrating North Carolina Public Health Month in April.

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At the March 27th meeting of the Macon County Board of Health, Mrs. Mary Tyson, RN, BSN, CSN was recognized by Mr. Russell Stevenson, Chair of the Macon County Board of Health, for achieving her certification in thespecialty of school nursing by the National Board for Certification of School Nurses, Inc.

This is a voluntary examination process which ensures a national standard of preparation, knowledge, and practice for school nurses.

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MedWest Health System celebrated the opening of its new $3.4 million inpatient hospice unit The Homestead with a community open house and dedication ceremony March 18.

The celebration included refreshments and tours of The Homestead, a new six-bed facility on the campus of MedWest-Haywood that offers specialized end-of-life care to patients and their families and is the only inpatient hospice facility west of Asheville.

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