25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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The Macon County Public Health Center encourages women to take charge of their health by knowing their heart disease risk and being aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for women in North Carolina. According to the N.C. State Center for Health Statistics, heart disease takes the life of more than 8,000 North Carolina women each year.

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, North Carolina ranks 18th highest in the nation for heart disease deaths and is considered to be the 6th worst state for its stroke mortality rate.

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Patricia Gregory of Cary was only 24 years old when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Now a mother of an 11-year-old daughter, she considers herself blessed to have a child, as cervical cancer can make women unable to bear children.

Marie Miranda, who was diagnosed at age 28, underwent a total hysterectomy. “I was heartbroken … It was very hard for many years,” said the Raleigh resident, now 41, who adopted two girls last year.

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UPDATE: This event has been cancelled. For more information, call Tom Forkner at (828)349-8290.

On Saturday, Feb. 19, Angel Medical Center Rehab will sponsor a 1-mile Walk for Your Heart.

The walk will start at Tartan Hall, with registration at 10:30, the walk beginning at 11 am.

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CULLOWHEE – The Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and the Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University will host a health policy forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Catamount Room of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

The health policy forum is a part of the Quality Enhancement Plan’s “Sweet ‘N Low” initiative. Designed to enhance the educational experience of students at WCU with thematic and interdisciplinary learning opportunities, the forum will address health policy issues affecting Western North Carolina.

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