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Lose weight, feed the hungry – and be featured on Biggest Loser

Here’s a way to help yourself to a healthier weight while you help your hungry neighbors in WNC – plus getting credit on national television for your effort.  All it takes is joining the national Pound For Pound challenge, where for every pound you pledge to lose, General Mills will donate 14 cents through its Feeding America program to MANNA, the local food bank serving Western North Carolina. Your pledge will be one of hundreds to be honored during an upcoming Biggest Loser episode to be aired in March in a segment about Asheville’s support for the Pound for Pound challenge. To be filmed on Feb. 23, it will feature Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy, volunteer teams at MANNA packing food for the hungry and participants in the Lighten Up 4 Life community weight loss challenge established by Mission Hospital.  Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville and McDowell Hospital in Marion are also participating. To sign up for Pound for Pound, just go to pfpchallenge.com. Making your pledge takes about five minutes. It’s an honor system, so no follow-up is needed. -CJP

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Less Frazzled, More Fabulous

Listen up, ladies. If you are feeling frazzled (aren't we all?), you may want to take the time to register for a new conference for women. Pardee is sponsoring "Forget the Frazzled Female & Embrace the Fabulous You." The conference aims to be a special day of powerful speakers, practical information and applicable tools designed to motivate and empower the women of our community. It is being presented by Summit Marketing Group and Power Up! and will be held on Friday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Bo Thomas Auditorium, Blue Ridge Community College. Pardee Family Medicine physician, Nathaniel Jablecki, M.D., is one of the featured speakers. Dr. Jablecki will discuss Health & Fitness in the real world. Pardee will also have information tables at the event to educate the women in attendance about Pardee's services. For more information, check out the brochure by clicking on the following link. Frazzled-Female-Brochure I hope to leave the conference less frazzled and more fabulous.

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Pardee’s Center for Joint Replacement celebrates 10th anniversary

[caption id="attachment_196" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Ribbon Cutting at Pardee's Orthopedic Center of Excellence"][/caption] Pardee’s Joint Replacement Center recently celebrated 10 years of providing thorough pre- and post-operative care and a unique “Joint Camp” experience for patients.  On Monday, Feb. 1 Pardee celebrated with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, tours and refreshments.  Last year more than 500 joint replacement surgeries were performed at Pardee Hospital.   Pardee is building on the success of the Joint Center by developing an Orthopedic Center of Excellence.  The expansion plans include five new patient rooms, an expanded group physical therapy space and a new salon and massage room.  In addition, keeping patient comfort and care in mind, the entire orthopedics unit will undergo an interior renovation.  “We celebrated the fact that we have had a successful Joint Center for ten years.  We also recently welcomed several orthopedic physicians including a spine surgeon to our medical staff.  But just as important, we wanted to celebrate the new journey we are taking to expand, renovate and develop this center into a medical tourism destination for orthopedics,” said Debbie Patrick, development director of Pardee Hospital Foundation.  “Pardee consistently benchmarks among the top orthopedics programs in the nation.”  Close to one hundred physicians, area executives, government officials, Chamber members and associates attended the celebration.  This summer, a large community event is being planned once the renovations and expansion have been completed.  For additional information on Pardee’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence go to http://www.pardeewellness.org/.  The site features physician bios, video testimonials and ways to give.  -CJP

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NBC’s Biggest Loser is Coming to Asheville

NBC’s Biggest Loser is Coming to Asheville to showcase Lighten Up 4 Life and the Pound for Pound Challenge. Be part of it! People in Western North Carolina are transforming their lives through Lighten Up 4 Life . Now you can help others while you reach a healthier weight: Help Others: Pardee’s Lighten Up 4 Life has joined with MANNA Food Banks to help feed our neighbors who are hungry by joining the Pound for Pound Challenge.  It’s fast and easy! Just go to www.pfpchallenge.com and pledge YOUR weight loss. That’s it! For every pound you pledge, General Mills will donate 14 cents to MANNA the regions local food bank through its “Feeding America” program. BE A STAR: The Biggest Loser is coming to town to do a segment on Lighten Up 4 Life and our Pounds for Pound challenge.  They will be filming volunteers at MANNA packing food for the hungry. Join us and help give Biggest Loser a great turnout! Tuesday February 23rd 1 pm MANNA Food Bank, 623 Swannanoa River Road All welcome!  Let’s give Biggest Loser a winning turnout!

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Pardee is now composting.

[caption id="attachment_170" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Typical industrial composting center"][/caption] Compost is rich soil that is made from yard and kitchen waste. It is comprised from a mixture of green or nitrogen containing material and brown or carbon containing material. Pardee Hospital Nutrition Services has their food waste sent to Crowell Farms for composting. Composting is inexpensive and easy to do at home. Go to http://www.hendersoncountync.org/solidwaste for more information. -CJP

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