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City of Hendersonville Walking Maps Available

New walking maps are now available for the City of Hendersonville courtesy of the Henderson County Partnership for Health program. The idea for the walking maps was made possible through a grant that the Partnership for Health received providing them the funds necessary to print the maps. Separate maps are available so that walkers may carry them along on their walks.  Besides a map of the walk route, other information provided includes the distance, the difficulty, the highlights, and any cautions about the route. Click on the links below to view the walking maps: Main Street to Hyman Heights Walking Guide West Hendersonville Walking Guide Oklawaha Greenway For more information or additional maps, please call (828) 698-4600. Enjoy your walk! -L

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Pardee bear well on its way

Constance Vlahoulis, owner of "The Conn-Artist" Studios and Art Gallery in Hendersonville, has started painting the Pardee Hospital bear in her studio. The bear, which will be put on display in downtown Hendersonville during the eighth annual public art display, Bearfootin' 2010, can be seen in the window of Connie's studio as she paints and designs the artwork for this year's bear. This year will mark the sixth year that bears will be used in the display, after using goats and apples for the past couple of years. Once completed, the Pardee bear and other bears from local businesses, will be showcased on the streets of downtown. The exhibit will open in April and run through October 2010. Be sure to stop by Connie's studio at 611 Greenville Hwy. in Atha Plaza to check out the progress of the bear. To view more photos of the bear click here. -L

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Pardee’s Comprehensive Cancer Center receives Outstanding Achievement Award

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee has been honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.  A facility receives the OAA following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program and also receives a compliance rating for the remaining 29 standards. “We’re proud to be the only hospital in North Carolina and one of only 59 in the United States to receive the OAA award in 2009,” said Pardee CEO Kris Hoce. “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our cancer program physicians and staff, residents in our community have access to the most advanced and comprehensive cancer screenings and treatments available.” The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee offers a full range of advanced treatment and diagnostic services performed by highly qualified cancer specialists. Services include surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, advanced radiology and laboratory diagnostic support and clinical treatment trials. Community education programs, cancer screenings, support groups and holistic patient and family support are also available.

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H1N1 Flu Vaccines Still Available

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the H1N1 influenza strain continues to affect younger adults in disproportionate numbers, particularly those with underlying medical conditions. High risk groups include pregnant women, people with chronic illness, children and young adults up to 24 years of age, and the caregivers of young children. Contact your physician to schedule an appointment if you would like a vaccine and have not yet received one this season. If you do not have a physician, please call 1-866-790-WELL to find a physician. You can also contact the Henderson County Health Department at 694-4040 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon to speak with someone about scheduling an appointment for a free vaccine.  More than 80 million people in the United States have been vaccinated. In North Carolina, more than 1.6 million doses have been administered, impacting approximately 20% of our population. Don't forget to participate in respiratory etiquette such as covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and observing the proper hand washing techniques.

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Pardee Rehab and Wellness Center now offering Tai Chi

[caption id="attachment_263" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="Travis Ginn"][/caption] White Crane Tai Chi will now be offered at the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center, located at 212-B Thompson Street near Epic Theaters. Classes will take place each Friday from noon until 1 p.m. The cost per class is $10 with your first class being free, or $45 for a series of five classes, $80 for a series of ten classes. The ancient art of Tai Chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of today’s busy lifestyles and improve health. The class is designed to provide a comfortable, relaxing, stress-free environment to aid in a person’s growth physically, mentally and spiritually. The classes will be instructed by fourth degree black belt, Travis Ginn, who has more than 25 years of experience and is certified in instructing Tai Chi. The class is open for anyone to participate regardless of limitations and can be performed seated if necessary. Tai Chi is a self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. It teaches proper posture and breathing techniques beneficial to your health. Participants perform a series of postures and movements in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pause, keeping your body in constant motion. For more information about White Crane Tai Chi with Travis Ginn, visit www.HoSinSoolDojang.com or for additional class information contact the Rehab and Wellness Center.

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