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Know Your Numbers… What Should They Be?

Monday, January 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Total Cholesterol – 200 mg/dL

  • LDL (bad) cholestoral less than 100 mg/dL
  • HDL (good) cholestoral:
    • Women more than 50 mg/dL
    • Men more than 40 mg/DL

Triglycerides – less than 150 mg/dL

Blood Pressure – less than 120/80 mm Hg

BMI – less than 25 kg/m2

Controlling Diabetes (fasting glucose) – less than 100 mg/dL

Daily physical activity – 30 minutes to maintain; 60 minutes to lose

– See more at: http://www.buncombecounty.org/News_Detail.aspx?newsID=15467#sthash.6710TaM7.dpuf

Healthy Tip – Three Bs for Better Blood Pressure

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – What do broccoli, brown rice, and baked beans have in common? They’re good sources of blood-pressure friendly protein.

Because not just any kind of protein will do when you’re trying to keep blood pressure under control, a diet high in vegetable protein – not animal protein – is key.

Amino Acids: The Answer?

Researchers aren’t sure why veggie protein lowers blood pressure, but they suspect that the amino acids in veggies may simply be kinder, somehow, to blood pressure than the amino acids in animal protein. And the magnesium and other good-for-you nutrients found in veggies may enhance the blood-pressure-friendly effects by interacting synergistically with the amino acids.

Source: www.sharecare.com

Park Ridge Health South Asheville Grand Opening

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Park Ridge Health will host a grand opening celebration at its new South Asheville campus on Sept. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Park Ridge Health South Asheville is located immediately off of I-26 at Exit 37.

“This grand opening is going to be very exciting for both the community and for our team members,” said Graham Fields, Assistant to the President at Park Ridge Health. “Park Ridge Health’s South Asheville campus was developed with our community and our patients in focus, so we can provide them with the best possible location and the best possible experience.”

The community is invited to drop in, meet care providers, and enjoy refreshments from Travinia Italian Kitchen, live music, tours of the new facility, a chance to meet Park Ridge Health staff and providers, prizes, giveaways and fun for the whole family.

At Park Ridge Health’s new health campus, patients will have access to many of the region’s leading primary providers and specialists, as well as other high-demand medical services. More than 20 physicians and providers will offer care at Park Ridge Health South Asheville, with extended hours, weekend hours and same-day appointments available.

“We’re eager to consolidate our exceptional medical practices in the South Asheville area under one extremely convenient location, all in an environment that will match Park Ridge Health’s nationally leading performance on patient engagement and patient safety,” said Jason Wells, Vice President of Physician Services at Park Ridge Health. “Our providers are looking forward to offering care in this beautiful new facility with incomparable access.”

The address for Park Ridge Health South Asheville is 15 Skyland Inn Drive, Arden, NC.

Three primary care providers accepting new patients at Park Ridge Health South Asheville campus

Park Ridge Health is pleased to welcome Steven Hauser, M.D., M.P.H., Virginia Hauser, A.R.N.P., F.N.P-B.C., M.P.H., and Katie Dager, P.A., to its new health campus in South Asheville. All three providers are accepting new patients.

Dr. Steven Hauser is an internal medicine physician accepting new patients ages 18 and over at Park Ridge South Asheville. Prior to his time at Park Ridge Health, he attended medical school and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital-University of Miami. Dr. Hauser has specific interest in health education and disease prevention. Prior to his medical training, he received a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology, the science that studies the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.  As an internist, Dr. Hauser cares for patients with an array of acute and chronic illnesses both common and complex.

“I enjoy internal medicine because I have the opportunity to care for the whole patient, while still having sufficient knowledge to coordinate patient care with sub-specialists,” Dr. Hauser says.

Virginia Hauser, A.R.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C., M.P.H., is a board-certified family nurse practitioner at Park Ridge Health South Asheville. Prior to practicing as a nurse practitioner, she was a clinical educator in Women’s Health, augmenting her skills with a Masters in Public Health. Virginia completed her nursing training at the University of Miami. She has experience in oncology, primary care and women’s health.  During her career, Virginia has cared for patients in a variety of settings including private practice, university and a nationally operated walk-in center.

“I am excited to provide quality care in a beautiful new setting, allowing patients improved access,” Virginia says.

As a family nurse practitioner, Virginia’s scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common, acute and chronic health care problems. She emphasizes patient empowerment, education and shared decision making.

Katie Dager, P.A., earned her Masters of Science as a Physician Assistant from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Va. She is relocating from Roanoke, where she provided care as a physician assistant with a special emphasis on urgent care and weight management. Dager is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and her professional interests include preventative medicine and women’s health.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Park Ridge Health family, and especially looking forward to caring for the women in our community,” Dager says.

About Park Ridge Health South Asheville: Park Ridge Health South Asheville will provide access to many of the area’s leading primary care providers and specialists, as well as other high-demand medical services. Located off I-26, Exit 37, across from the entrance to Biltmore Park, and built with the needs of our community in mind, the site of this new health campus was selected to provide leading-edge medical care in a convenient location. More than 20 physicians and providers will offer care at Park Ridge Health South Asheville, with extended hours, weekend hours and same-day appointments available. Schedule an appointment today by calling 855.PRH.LIFE or by visiting www.myPRH.com.

Park Ridge Health Carpal Tunnel Presentation

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – About one in 10 adults develops carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in life. Park Ridge Health will present the free event, “Carpal Tunnel: Fact vs. Fiction,” on Thursday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park. Presenter James Phelps, M.D., M.P.T., board-certified orthopedic surgeon and hand & upper extremity specialist with Southeastern Sports Medicine, will cover carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that affects the hand and wrist, often starts with numbness, and can lead to difficulty performing everyday, fine-motor tasks. A light dinner will be provided for guests at this event. Space is limited, so please RSVP for this event at 855.PRH.LIFE.

About Park Ridge Health: Founded in 1910, Park Ridge Health is a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing leading-edge, compassionate care in a Christian environment. Park Ridge Health is a member of Adventist Health System, a family of 45 exceptional, faith-based hospitals across the country that operate independently to deliver care and services that best meet the needs of their communities. Leading the way in many medical firsts for the region, Park Ridge Health provides personalized care at more than 30 locations, offering a dedicated network of more than 140 physicians and providers, cardiac care & rehabilitation, nationally awarded cancer care, state-of-the-art surgical care, full-service orthopedic care, a boutique labor & delivery experience, a full range of imaging services and the only accredited hyperbaric medicine facility in Western North Carolina. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit www.parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).

 

Take Charge of Your Health with These Workshops

Monday, March 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Now is the perfect time to take charge of your health.

Whether you are living with a chronic health condition or have a loved on who does – this 6-week program can help you turn the corner of self-management. Topics covered include:

  • Manage pain, fatigue depression and frustration
  • Get a good night sleep
  • Prevent Falls
  • Improve and maintain health with exercise
  • Use medications wisely
  • Communicate effectively with family, friends and professionals
  • Eat for health
  • Set goals that are doable
  • Solve everyday problems
  • Evaluate treatments
  • Relax and manage stress
  • Work in partnership with your healthcare team

Get involved!  Upcoming workshops:

  • Living Healthy with Diabetes
    Woodfin YMCA, 40 N. Merrimon, Asheville, NC 28804
    Mondays, March 17 – April 21, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition
    HCPRD Athletics and Activity Center, 308 South Grove Street, Hendersonville
    Tuesdays, May 20 – June 24 , 4:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition
    Jewish Family Services, 2 Doctors Park Suite E, Asheville, NC 28801 (located at 417 Biltmore Avenue)
    Mondays, March 24 – April 28, 10:00 – 12:30 pm
  • Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition
    Osher Lifelong Learning Center, 1 Campus View Rd, Asheville, 28804
    Fridays, March 28 – May 2, 9:00 – 11:30 am
  • Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition
    Silvermont Opportunity Center, 364 East Main Street, Brevard
    Fridays, March 28 – May 2, 9:00 – 11:30 am
  • Tomando Control de Su Salud leader training (CDSMP for Spanish Speakers, leader training)
    YWCA of Asheville, 185 South French Broad, Asheville
    Thursday & Friday, May 15, 16, 22 and 23

Registration information or class details are available  at www.livinghealthywnc.org.

Women: Do You Know the Signs of a Heart Attack?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County encourages you to learn the symptoms of a heart attack and call 9-1-1 if you experience any of the warning signs:

  • Chest discomfort – pressure, squeezing, fullness, burning or pain
  • Pain or discomfort* – in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath* – with or without chest discomfort
  • Other symptoms* – cold sweat, nausea/vomiting or lightheadedness

*Common symptoms experienced by women

Women should 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 lives of over 8,000 North Carolina women each year.

Did you know that 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?

Many women’s lives are cut short because they don’t know their risk for a heart attack or stroke. February is American Heart Month, so take some time to watch Buncombe Life and learn more about your heart.

Buncombe County offers free cardiovascular screenings, education and referral services to eligible women through the NC WISEWOMAN Project. To learn more about the NC WISEWOMAN Project call 250-6006.

Park Ridge Health Primary Care Presentation Feb. 18

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Considering significant changes taking place in health care right now, it’s more important than ever to take charge of your health, live a healthy lifestyle, and know which screenings are most important for you.  Park Ridge Health will host a free event covering these topics featuring Dr. Charles Harpe of Park Ridge Health at Laurel Park and Dr. Wes Hite of Parkway Medical Group on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park. Attendees will enjoy a light dinner and the opportunity to meet several Park Ridge Health providers representing offices in Henderson and Buncombe counties. Space is limited for this event, so RSVPs are required by calling 855-PRH-LIFE (855-774-5433).

About Park Ridge Health: Founded in 1910, Park Ridge Health is a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing leading-edge, compassionate care in a Christian environment. Park Ridge Health provides personalized care at more than 30 locations, offering a dedicated network of more than 140 physicians and providers, cardiac care & rehabilitation, nationally awarded cancer care, state-of-the-art surgical care, full-service orthopedic care, a boutique labor & delivery experience, a full range of imaging services and the only accredited hyperbaric medicine facility in Western North Carolina. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit www.parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).

3 Foods That May Fend Off Diabetes

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – These three simple diet tweaks may help you dodge diabetes.

Eat more leafy greens. Choose fat-free yogurt. And add nuts and seeds to your diet. Each of these changes may help lower your risk of diabetes anywhere from In a study, eating just one serving of greens per day decreased diabetes risk by almost 10%.10 to 20 percent.

  • The Greens Scene: In a study, eating just one serving per day decreased diabetes risk by almost 10 percent. So stock up on spinach, arugula, romaine, and kale.
  • Fat-Free-for-All: Keeping your overall fat intake to under 30 percent of your total daily calories will do your pancreas big favors, according to research. It helps improve pancreatic function, and good pancreatic function is key to controlling diabetes risk. The pancreas’s main function is to produce insulin.
  • Nuts About Seeds: In a study, middle-aged and older adults who consumed the most alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) — a beneficial fat found in walnuts and flaxseeds — lowered their risk of developing diabetes by 20 percent. Higher levels of ALA have also been linked to improved insulin sensitivity and better regulation of glucose levels in animal studies.

Diabetes Forecast

Diabetes is a leading killer – and over 25 million of us in the United States have it. But isn’t it great to know that you could avoid being a statistic just by eating the right foods.

Get a handle on your blood sugar with these diabetes-friendly dessert recipes from EatingWell.

Source: RealAge.com

Take a Walk with the Doc

Monday, May 13th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Don’t miss Saturday June 1 for the next “Walk with a Doc” event sponsored by Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services.

Walkers will enjoy a refreshing walk with a Doctor on staff at MAHEC of Asheville.  Walkers can learn about important health topics, meet new friends interested in improving their health and have time to speak with the Doctor who will answer basic medical questions in an informal, relaxed and fun way.

The next “Walk with a Doc”  will take place on June 1 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Karpen Soccer Field,  located in Weaverville.

Additional walk dates are:

  • August 3 at the Buncombe County Sports Park in Enka
  • October 5 at Hominy Creek Park

For more information please call Jay Nelson at 250-4269 or email him at [email protected].

Renowned Nutritionist, Researcher and Health Advocate at UNCA

Monday, October 8th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – T. Colin Campbell, nutrition expert, researcher, and author of the award-winning bestseller, “The China Study,” will return to Asheville to discuss his groundbreaking research at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Campbell became a leading advocate for the health benefits of an entirely plant-based diet after examining correlations between diet, lifestyle and health outcomes over many years among large numbers of people. Former President Clinton cited “The China Study” in explaining how he lost 24 pounds by switching to a plant-based diet in hopes of improving his heart health.

“The China Study,” is based on Campbell’s role in and conclusions from the 20-year research partnership between the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine, Oxford University, and Cornell University which studied dietary, lifestyle and disease mortality characteristics in 65 rural Chinese counties. Rural China was chosen because it has been home to millions of people who share a similar genetic make-up and have relatively few changes in diet over time. The study, described by the New York Times as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology,” compared the health consequences of diets rich in animal-based foods with those of diets rich in plant-based foods. Campbell uses the findings to make the case that a plant-based diet lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Campbell’s October 16 talk, “The Great Food Secret,” promises to be a major event for healthy eaters locally and for people who are curious about using dietary choices to protect against chronic disease. His visit is co-sponsored by Mission Health, UNC Asheville’s N.C. Center for Health & Wellness, and the UNC Asheville Department of Health and Wellness. Campbell had come to Asheville in February but was forced to cancel his scheduled appearance due to the death of a close friend and colleague.

Campbell, who received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University, is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell. He has also served as a research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s department of biochemistry.