1000 x 90

Today’s Email Announcements

Wellness Center to Offer Free Info Session for New Diabetes Prevention Program, June 1

Boone, NC (May 25, 2017) – Are you or is someone you know at risk of developing type 2 diabetes? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one out of three American adults has prediabetes – that’s 86 million people.
Type 2 diabetes puts people at risk for many serious health problems, including: kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness, and loss of toes, feet, or legs.
Good news
If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, the new Prevent T2 program at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center can help reduce the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.
Prevent T2 is a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program. Studies have shown that participation in the program can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent (71 percent for people over 60 years old). To learn more visit cdc.gov/diabetes.
The 12-month program is presented in a fun and supportive group environment by the Wellness Center’s registered dietitian and exercise specialists.
Free information session
The Wellness Center will offer a free information session about the Prevent T2 program on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will receive a detailed overview of the program, meet the fitness coaches, tour the Wellness Center and be given a free guest pass to try out the facility.
The Prevent T2 program, which includes a year-long membership to the Wellness Center, has a one-time fee of $450, or two equal payments of $250. Medicare is expected to cover the Prevent T2 program in 2018.
Interested participants can self-refer to the Prevent T2 program. To learn more about the Prevent T2 program please attend the Wellness Center’s free information session on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. The Wellness Center is located at 232 Boone Heights Drive, Boone, NC.
For more information about the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center call 828-266-1060 or visit wellness.apprhs.org.

High Country Writers Meeting at Public Library Featuring Douglas Butler, June 8

Physician, photographer, author Douglas Butler will be the featured presenter at the regular meeting of the High Country Writers at the Watauga County Public Library on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:00am.

The topic of Doug Butler’s program is Telling Stories: Memoir and History. Storytelling is a fundamental aspect of creative writing. Memoir and history, although non-fiction, are also based on sharing tales, albeit actual events. Dr. Doug Butler will relate some of the stories included in his two published books and share tips about writing non-fiction. This presentation will include images from Butler’s books, as well as research, journaling and documentation techniques that add interest while providing a scholarly foundation. History doesn’t have to be boring! Join us for this lively program.

 Douglas Butler holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (Ohio) and a doctorate in medicine from Ohio State University. An emergency family medicine physician, he has dedicated much of his career caring for underserved populations and currently works with the Indian Health Service and community clinics. Dr. Butler has traveled widely throughout the developing world climbing, photographing and visiting native cultures on five continents. His photos and writings have appeared nationally, and he has published Ashe County-Discovering the Lost Province (1992, out of print), a guidebook to his home county: A Walk Atop America: Fifty State Summits and a Dream to Reach Them All (Parkway, 2007), a chronicle of the people, scenery and experiences on his journey to reach each state’s highest geographic point; and North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History (McFarland, 2013), winner of a North Carolina Society of Historians Willie Parker Peace History Book Award.

High Country Writers has been “energizing” writers since 1995! Regular meetings are at the Watauga County Public Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months from ten until noon and speakers’ programs are co-sponsored by the Library. HCW members present writing skills workshops on the first Thursday of the month and have recently partnered with the Watauga Arts Council in hosting these workshops. In the event of inclement weather which dictates the closure of the Library, the High Country Writers Program will be canceled. For more information and a current calendar, visit the website: http:/highcountrywriters.tripod,com. Guests are welcome.


First Lady Kristin Cooper to Host Open House at NC Governor’s Western Residence 

ASHEVILLE– First Lady Kristin Cooper will welcome visitors to the Governor’s Western Residence for an Open House on Saturday, June 3, from 3-5 p.m.

The Western Residence is located at 45 Patton Mountain Rd, Asheville, NC 28804. Reservations are not needed to attend the Open House. The First Lady will greet guests inside and light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (828) 225-0122.  

The Western Residence features breath-taking views of Mt. Pisgah and downtown Asheville. Built in 1939, the home was donated to the state in 1964 by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. It has been used by 11 administrations and is one of only four official state second residences in the United States.

Note to Reporters and Editors

Members of the media can arrive early for a tour and should contact Samantha Cole at 919-814-2100 to schedule that.


Blue Ridge Parkway Evening Program, Dinosaurs and the Blue Ridge Mountains, June 3

Where?: Linville Falls Campground and Amphitheater, Milepost 316

When?: Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m.

What?: Dinosaurs and the Blue Ridge Mountains

Can you find dinosaur fossils in the mountains around here? This is a frequently asked question by our Park visitors. Learn the answer and more about dinosaurs, fossils, geology and paleontology of the mountains of Western North Carolina at this ranger led program.

All programs are free and open to the public. 

First Trauma Informed Community Steering Committee Takes Place on Tuesday, May 30

Reminder that the first Trauma Informed Community Steering Committee meeting is next Tuesday, 5/30 from 11 am – 1 pm at the BREMCO conference room (2491 Old US Hwy 421, Boone, NC 28607).

We will be reviewing data from the action planning groups collected during the Forum on May 5th to begin planning for implementing changes towards becoming more effective in our community in preventing, identifying and treating trauma.
A quote from the article below:
The ACE Study found that the higher someone’s ACE score – the more types of childhood adversity a person experienced – the higher their risk of chronic disease, mental illness, violence, and being a victim of violence. The study found that most people (64%) have at least one ACE; 12% of the population has an ACE score of 4. Having an ACE score of 4 nearly doubles the risk of heart disease and cancer. It increases the likelihood of becoming an alcoholic by 700 percent and the risk of attempted suicide by 1200 percent. (For more information, go to ACEs Science 101. To calculate your ACE and resilience scores, go to: Got Your ACE Score?)