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Experts share advice on how to stay healthy at every stage of life

Men who maintain a healthy body throughout life are often better able to fight off diseases like cancer. That’s why experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have created a guide with cancer prevention tips to help men at every stage of life.

“Practicing the healthy behaviors in our guide is important for all men, regardless of age,” said Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center. “So take note of all of these tips — even the ones directed toward men older or younger than you.”


Local Boy Scout Troop 999 sponsored by Sylva First Methodist Church is focusing this year on what to do when a person suffers a heart attack. This vital training program was greatly enhanced this week when the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation in partnership with the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association and Andy Shaw Ford, Inc. presented a “Resusi Anne” training unit to the scout troop.

In presenting the CPR unit, Larry Hinton, General Manager of Andy Shaw Ford, Inc. said, “If the right kind of treatment can be given to a heart attack victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that their life can be saved. CPR training teaches a person how to keep the heart beating until professional help arrives,” he added.


Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center (SMPCC) held its fifth annual banquet recently at Franklin Covenant Church. The speaker chosen for this year’s banquet was Shawn Carney. Carney is the executive director for Coalition for Life and the co-founder for 40 Days for Life. He is also the executive producer and host of “Being Human” on EWTN. Carney updated attendees on the positive strides that have been made for life across the country. SMPCC would like to thank the underwriters for the event and table sponsors, as well as all who attended.


Angel Medical Center invites the community to join with them for the “Blessing of the Hospice Tree” on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. in the main lobby of Angel Medical Center located at 120 Riverview Street in downtown Franklin.

“This is the one of the newer holiday traditions for Angel Medical Center,” said Bonnie Peggs, Director of Marketing & Public Relations. “Each year the Hospice Tree is placed in our main lobby area and decorated with very special ornaments that are for sale. Following the blessing ceremony, these ornaments will be available for purchase.” Ornaments are $5 each and 100 percent of the sales go toward hospice patient services at Angel Medical Center.


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