Outdoor Safety

September 8, 2017

Be Prepared WNC: Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is expected to affect our area Monday into Tuesday. It’s expected to bring around five inches of rain, strong winds and more. Be prepared. Go to NCReady.org and get your NC Ready app to sign up for North Carolina Emergency Management alerts and get preparedness tips. Basic Safety Tips for Flooding Turn Around, […]

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June 16, 2017

Active at Any Age – Summertime Outdoor Activities for Seniors

By Jason Schneider Staying active is good at any age. And for seniors and older adults, warmer weather brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. “There are so many great things that older adults can do in the summer,” said Britney McConnell, LRT/ CTRS, recreation therapist with CarePartners PACE. “Take advantage of what is […]

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May 25, 2017

Tips on Ticks – Preventing Bites and What to Know about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Dr. Ashley McClary, a pediatrician at McDowell Pediatrics in Marion, offers expert advice on avoiding the dangers of ticks, as seen in WNC Parent. What a beautiful time of the year! The days are warmer; the flowers are blooming; the grass is greener; and we’re going outside to enjoy it all. But, we’re not the only ones. Ticks also […]

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May 5, 2017

Bike Safety Tips – What to Know Before You Hit the Road or Trail

By Staci Hooper May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities across the nation. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give it a try. Whether you bike to work or school; […]

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March 16, 2017

Skin Safety – The ABCDEs of Potentially Cancerous Moles

By Robert A. Poarch Spring is a great time to start practicing sun safety to protect your skin from cancer. “Detecting skin cancer in its earliest stages ultimately saves lives,” said Trevor Austin, MD, a medical oncologist with Mission Cancer Care and Cancer Care of Western North Carolina, an affiliate of Mission Health. “You can […]

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January 5, 2017

Don’t Stay Inside All Winter, Just Follow These Outdoor Safety Essentials

By Trisha McBride Ferguson Each year as fall gives way to winter, people around the state decide whether to continue their beloved outdoor activities or retire them for the season. Fear of injury and cold-related illnesses keeps many people inside unnecessarily. Enjoying winter in western North Carolina doesn’t have to be intimidating — it just […]

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August 24, 2016

“This Won’t Hurt a Bit” – A New Column from Blue Ridge Regional Hospital ED Director Gabriel Cade

By Gabriel Cade, MD Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Hey, my name is Gabriel. I’m the Medical Director of the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Emergency Department. The article below is one of a series of articles for the Mitchell News-Journal where I’ll talk about a variety of health and medicine topics.  I was raised to value […]

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July 5, 2016

Balance for Life – Prevent Injury by Knowing Your Fitness Level and Limits

By Jason Schneider Balmy summer days beckon us to be outside. Whether it’s enjoying a favorite outdoor activity such as hiking or biking, or checking off chores like cleaning gutters and gardening, it’s important to do it safely and prevent injury. “I see more injuries due to outdoor sports such as hiking, mountain biking and […]

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June 21, 2016

Summer’s Here! Keep the Kids Safe from the Sun

Angela Allen-Helms of McDowell Pediatrics in Marion offers these great tips for keeping your little ones safe from the sun’s rays, as seen in the latest edition of WNC Parent. As long, dark winter days give way to the bright, sun-filled days of summer, it’s important to review essential tips for reducing your child’s risk for skin damage. […]

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May 24, 2016

Protect the Skin You’re In: Know the Risk Factors of Skin Cancer

With more than one million new cases of skin cancer occurring annually, this summer it’s more important than ever to protect the skin you’re in. According to the American Cancer Society, about 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed annually in the United States. Melanoma, the most virulent form of […]

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