Summer

July 7, 2020

Healthy Recipe—Sweet Potato and Spinach Turkey Burgers

Fire up the grill! This tasty burger will be the star of your next cookout. And for dessert, try berry yogurt popsicles. ingredients 1 medium sweet potato, cut into ¾-inch chunks (about 2 cups) 1 lb lean ground turkey 2 cups medium packed fresh spinach, chopped small 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 large cloves […]

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July 2, 2020

Waterfall Safety—7 Things You Should Know

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Each summer, as more people visit the beautiful waterfalls of western North Carolina, there is an increase in related injuries treated in the emergency department. Waterfall Safety Tips “Perhaps people will heed warnings and follow safety guidelines, which may result in their enjoying the outdoors without suffering injuries,” said Dr. […]

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June 29, 2020

Fireworks Safety Tips

Little ones look adorable holding those sparklers. Unfortunately, fireworks can lead to accidents for children, including burns and other injuries. This Fourth of July, take a little extra precaution to have a safe and happy event: Find a substitute for sparklers. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 […]

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June 24, 2020

Don’t Leave Your Kids in Hot Cars

By Tracey Gates, RN June is National Car Safety Month, which is a good time to remind parents about the dangers of leaving children in cars when it’s hot outside. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019 there were 52 hot car deaths and in 2018 a record 53 deaths. The first […]

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September 11, 2019

Healthy and Fun: Tips for a Healthier Experience at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair

By Rachel Vincent, Registered Dietitian An annual western North Carolina tradition is here: the North Carolina Mountain State Fair. With food trucks and vendors serving fair favorites, like candy apples, homemade ice cream, corn dogs, fried Twinkies and funnel cakes, it can be all too easy to cave in to the temptation. But with a […]

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July 26, 2019

Healthy Summer Recipe – Broiled Tilapia with Mustard and Yogurt Sauce

Looking for a light summery entrée? Try this quick and easy seafood classic. Happy and healthy eating! ingredients 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 (6-oz) tilapia fillets salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste ¼ cup 2 percent Greek-style yogurt 1 tsp Dijon mustard ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 Tbsp fresh chives, […]

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July 26, 2019

It’s Not Okay to Leave a Child in a Hot Car – Even for 1 Minute

By Beverly Hopps, WNC Safe Kids In just 10 minutes, your car can heat up by 20 degrees. Children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults – a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, their temperature can rise in a quick and deadly manner. […]

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July 12, 2019

Play It Safe by the Pool – Water and Pool Safety Tips for the Kids

By Beverly Hopps, Safe Kids Hanging out on the pool deck with the kiddos this summer? Summertime brings a lot of open water for kids to jump into and play. Between pools, lakes, beaches and hot tubs, remember these essential safety tips so that you and your family have a safe and fun summer. 1. […]

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July 12, 2019

Healthy Summer Recipe – Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

If you’re looking out for your colon and looking for an alternative to a meaty burger, consider making it a veggie burger. Perfect for a poolside or backyard picnic, this healthy twist on a traditional summer favorite offers a flavorful punch. Happy eating! ingredients 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup baked sweet […]

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July 3, 2019

Rattled: One Man’s Unbelievable Snakebite Survival Story

“Surreal. Unimaginable,” said Scott Vuncannon, attempting to describe the ordeal he went through last summer. A former Boy Scout, 58-year-old Scott was more than prepared when he and his dog, Boone, set out on the Ellicott Rock Trail in the Nantahala National Forest on a sunny day last August. But even the most experienced hiker […]

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