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The College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University has launched a pro bono clinic to provide physical therapy services to underserved and underinsured populations of Western North Carolina.

The clinic, operated by students in WCU’s doctoral program in physical therapy under the supervision of faculty members, is open from 6 until 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month. It is located in Carolina West Sports Medicine clinic space on the first floor of the Health and Human Sciences Building on Little Savannah Road on WCU’s West Campus.


Public health holding weekly heart healthy events.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Everyone has been affected by this disease or knows someone who has been affected. Macon County Public Health is taking this opportunity to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease in February, American Heart Month by hosting a heart healthy event every Thursday evening during February starting at 5:30 p.m. for the community. Show yourself some love and come out and participate in heart healthy activities and education free of charge.



Macon County Public Health feels strongly about reaching people with diabetes. A combined program of Diabetes Self-Management Training and Chronic Disease Self-Management is continuing in partnership with Macon County Senior Services. The next class begins Feb. 12, and continues on Feb. 19.

Recognized by the American Diabetes Association®, the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMT) combines science and results to help children and adults successfully manage diabetes. The program includes health coaching with a registered dietitian and two exciting workshops. Most insurance companies cover the cost of the program, but a sliding fee scale is available for those without insurance coverage.


The Macon County Board of Health recognized outgoing Chairperson Russell Stevenson (R) at its Jan. 27 meeting.

Stevenson was presented with a plaque of appreciation from the new chairperson, Dr. Frank Killian (L).

Stevenson has served on the Board of Health since 2008, and served as the board chair from 2012 to 2014.

Stevenson will continue to serve on the board of health fulfilling the position of engineer representative.

During Mr. Stevenson's tenure as chair, the board of health addressed many important public health issues including an investigation of lead in drinking water; support of tobacco free parks in Macon County; a number of communicable disease investigations; and the launch of Macon County's new Adult Dental Clinic.

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