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Leah McGrath, Ingles Dietitian, visits Diabetes Support Group at Pardee Health Education Center

Leah McGrath, Ingles Dietitian, will visit the Diabetes Support Group on Wednesday, May 16, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. “I always look forward to working with Pardee Hospital's Certified Diabetes Educator, Nina Lovern, and the support group. This support group and the diabetes education classes are a tremendous resource for the community to help individuals with diabetes understand more about the disease and how to stay healthy. I'll be doing a presentation on "What's New at Ingles?" which will give participants a chance to sample and rate products that are new in-store,” says Leah McGrath, Corporate Dietitian for Ingles Markets. McGrath will educate attendees on food choices and how they effect diabetics. Although this program is free, registration is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355). Visit pardeehospital.org for more information.

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Pardee Hospital to host community blood drive

Pardee Hospital will host a community blood drive on Wednesday, June 6, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Jamison Conference Room, located on the first floor. In order to donate blood, one must be healthy, at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and not have donated blood in the past 56 days. Walk-in donors will be accepted, but those with appointments will be seen first. Appointments are required by calling (828) 696-4225 or emailing Judy Bolster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donors should enter the hospital through the main entrance on Justice Street.

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Weight-loss tips to help you lose

Remember to enter your weight every Monday at Submit Your Weight! 3rd Annual Camp Field Day  Thursday May 10, 2012 presented by The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, United Community Bank and Camp Ton-A-Wandah Camp Field Day will take place on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Camp Ton-A-Wandah from 11:30 am – 5:30 pm. The afternoon of activities will include team and individual competitions in events ranging from archery to kayaking to rock climbing. Non-competitive activities will also be available along with food and refreshments. This event is not only a fun team building opportunity, it is also a chance to learn about the positive economic impact camps have on our local economy. For more information or to register, call the Chamber at 828.692.1413 or visit www.hendersoncountychamber.org. Weight-Loss Tips to Help You Lose Lighten Up 4 Life Weight-Loss Tips Avoid high-fat meals Keep an eye out for meals that use the following words in their description: Au Gratin,  Parmigianino, Tempura, Alfredo, creamy and Carbonara, because these descriptions usually mean ”high-fat" content: Be mindful when you are eating Pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth. In other words, sit down and pay attention to the food you are eating. Really enjoy each and every bite.  If you're watching TV or working while you eat, you won't pay attention to what's going into your mouth and you might eat more than you should and enjoy it less! Drink more water Drink water instead of grabbing for a high-fat snack. Drinking six to eight glasses a day will help fill you up and help your waistline. Ask for a "doggie-bag" before you eat Ask your waiter for a take-home box before you begin to eat your restaurant meal and put half of your main course into the take-home box. Putting the food away before you start your meal will help you eat a more sensible portion and you'll have leftovers to take home for tomorrow. Leave something on your plate Challenge yourself to leave half of your sandwich on your plate, remove the bun from your burger or eat only half your spaghetti and meatballs. You might find out that you are satisfied eating only half-of-a- portion and not to consume the rest of your meal. And most of all; Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! If you’ve been following our tips, you know that in addition to eating the appropriate amount of calories, increasing your exercise activity can be the key to helping you lose weight.  In fact, a Duke University study suggests that you should walk for 45 minutes a day. The study found that “while 30 minutes of daily walking is enough to prevent weight gain in most relatively sedentary people, exercise beyond 30 minutes results in weight and fat loss. Evidently walking 45 minutes can burn an additional 300 calories a day which could help you lose 30 pounds in a year without even changing how much you’re eating. Lighten Up 4 Life – Cooking Light Quick Meals Lasagna Quick Taco Salad Farfalle with Cauliflower and Turkey Sausage Jane’s Vegetarian Chili Cool, Creamy Chocolate Dessert (Yum!) You’ll find these recipes and more on the Lighten Up 4 Life Recipe’s Page Want To Learn How To Cook Healthier? Cookies for Breakfast! by Ellie Krieger Find this cooking video and recipe on the Lighten Up 4 Life Recipe’s Page Click here to check out the New discounts and offers you receive with your Lighten Up 4 Life Perks Card Helpful resources and exercise classes are available at Pardee Hospital click here for a list of events, great exercise workouts and health screenings. Local Events 3rd Annual MTA Triathlon Lake James Saturday May 19, 2012 Lake James State Park, Nebo, NC More info French Broad Triathlon Saturday May 26, 2012 Carrier Park, Asheville, NC More info Mad Mountain Mud Run Sunday June 3, 2012 Hendersonville, NC More info

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Pardee Health Education Center offers Lean, Mean, Thinking Machine

Lean, Mean, Thinking Machine is a free seminar about integrating exercise into a weekly routine for mind and body health that will be held on Thurs., April 26, from 12:30- 2 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. “Before modern conveniences and distractions, we were so much more active as a society. Now, we have to make a dedication to the effort of getting and staying healthy. You are living in the only body you’ll ever get. Attending this lecture will give you the motivational jump-start you need to start exercising and reaping the benefits—results start immediately,” said instructor Emily Van Eman, Pardee Rehab and Wellness’ Medical Wellness Coordinator. Exercise not only tones muscles, lowers blood pressure, and causes better sleep, but it’s also the number one way to improve cognition and learning skills. This lecture and interactive lesson will help get over the “I know I need to but I don’t have time” hurdle. These important tips and tutorials will also help attendees learn how to rearrange their schedule toward fitness and happiness. Although this program is free, registration is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355).

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Lighten Up 4 Life Lunch and Learn- Educating our local businesses

Register today for Pardee’s  Lighten Up 4 Life Lunch and Learn; educating our local businesses on how to implement Lighten Up 4 Life in their workplace. Lighten Up 4 Life is a free team-based community-wide weight loss program conducted by Pardee Hospital and sponsored by local businesses and organizations. For more information on Lighten Up 4 Life, visit lightenup4life.com/pardee. Thursday, April 12, from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Jamison Conference Room, located in Pardee Hospital. Our guest speaker will be Maureen Scullin, Managing Partner of MarketImpact. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lauren Landon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (828) 696-4712. Lunch will be provided. Registration will end Monday, April 9.

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