Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital will hold the Smoky Streak to Health free 5K/10K event Saturday, Oct. 12. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with races starting at 9 a.m. and following routes along the Tuckaseigee River. There will be a walk for wellness for walkers.

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital will hold the Smoky Streak to Health free 5K/10K event Saturday, Oct. 12. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with races starting at 9 a.m. and following routes along the Tuckaseigee River. There will be a walk for wellness for walkers.

Saturday is Ostomy Awareness Day. An ostomy is a surgical procedure where a passage is created to re-route bodily waste to the abdomen. Some reasons people have an ostomy are for infection, perforated diverticulitis, birth defects, trauma, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, cancers of th…

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

When you think about health, what comes to mind? What helps to keep us healthy, and what position does health have in society? Understanding health is relevant as we think about how to address the current substance use epidemic.

The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter will give the presentation Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room of the Jackson County Library.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, slated to begin Sept. 17 at the Jackson County Department on Aging, was developed and tested through Stanford University to be used as a tool to help people live a healthy life with chronic pain. In this program, you will learn ways to manage your pa…

As school is back in session for the Smoky Mountain and Blue Ridge districts, the Jackson County Department of Public Health would like to remind parents and caregivers of the importance of protecting themselves and their children as more cases of measles are reported across the United States.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Jackson County Public Schools has announced that meal prices remain unchanged this year despite a significant loss of federal funding that will result in a deficit of nearly $130,000 for the program.

The Nantahala Health Foundation, a newly formed, public 501(c)(3) organization, is excited to announce its initial request for funding proposals from local organizations in Jackson, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Whether you’re biking the Virginia Creeper Trail, hiking to Waterrock Knob or paddling the Tuckaseigee River this summer, don’t forget to pack a first-aid kit, along with a water bottle and sunscreen.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Did you know that walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your health? A study by Harvard researchers found that their participants who walked briskly for an hour per day cut in half the obesity promoting genes. Just a short 15-minute walk has also been shown to help curb chocolate and…

Harris Home Health has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20 percent of all eligible SHP clients for the 2018 calendar year.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are proud to announce the winners of the annual school wellness challenges. The programs include teachers and staff from area school systems participating from September to May in customized wellness programs designed by the hospitals. Ca…

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital recently announced that Don Clawson, a security officer with the hospitals, has been recognized as the hospitals’ 2019 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly to…

Jenna Sacchetti of Cullowhee was honored during a May 9 pinning ceremony for SCC’s Radiography program. Sacchetti is now eligible to take entry level examinations from American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography. She may be employed in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices or ot…

June 27 is National HIV Testing Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness about the importance of testing and early diagnosis of HIV. This year’s theme, “Doing it my way,” highlights how and why people make testing part of their lives on their terms and in their way.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

As the summer season quickly approaches, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and Safe Kids North Carolina are reminding people of the dangers of leaving children in cars by launching a statewide summer campaign: “Baby, It’s Hot Inside.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Three Sylva graduates of Southwestern Community College’s respiratory therapy program were recognized during a May 8 pinning ceremony. From left, Callie Bolick, Susan Burrell and Kennedy Jones were among 14 students from across the region to get pinned.

Southwestern Community College’s Human Services Technology (HST) and Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT) graduates from Jackson County received their honorary pins at a ceremony on May 6. From left: Lori Clancy, SCC’s HST/SAT program coordinator; Dolores Taylor of Cherokee, Trevor Gates of Webst…

The Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation is accepting grant applications for proposals to improve the health and wellbeing of Highlands, Cashiers and surrounding communities.

Despite historic declines in the rates of teen pregnancy and births in the United States and a 5 percent reduction in the teen pregnancy rate in North Carolina, the U.S. teen birth rate is still higher than that of many other developed countries.

Western Carolina University’s forensic anthropology program will be offering a summer day camp course, Tales from the Dead: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, for high school students. The course is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17-21 at WCU’s campus.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

National Women’s Health Week, celebrated May 12-18, serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build healthy habits for life. The Jackson County Department of Public Health supports this week and encourages all women to be as healthy as possible.

A professor in Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing is teaming up with an award-winning documentary filmmaker to produce a video series related to the opioid epidemic that will enhance classroom instruction for the university’s nurse practitioner students and assist primary care h…

Western Carolina University’s forensic anthropology program and the Division of Educational Outreach will be offering a comparative osteology (bone identification) course from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. June 3-5, at WCU.