Town gets $350K to incorporate health into planning

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Commissioner Margo Williams talks about the CDC grant at Friday's announcement. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

By DAVID BORAKS
CorneliusNews.net

The Town of Davidson has received a three-year, $350,000 grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control to begin regular studies of how planning and policies affect public health, and to develop what town officials are calling “healthy community” initiatives.”

The town is one of a half-dozen places across the country – and by far the smallest community – to share a total of $8.4 million, or $2.8 million a year for three years, in the Health Impact Assessment to Foster Community Design grant program. Other grants went to the San Francisco Department of Public Health; the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; the Oregon Department of Human Services; the Douglas County Health Department in Omaha, Neb.; and the Baltimore City Health Department. Read the full story

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CDC says more Americans are developing diabetes

diabetes increase in 2010

Nearly 26M Americans now have the disease, and one-third of adults now have prediabetes, new estimates show

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, an estimated 79 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes raises a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
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On Valentine's Day, give blood at DCPC

Davidson College Presbyterian Church will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Valentine’s Day, Monday, Feb. 14, from 2-7 p.m. in the Congregation House on Concord Road. Donors will have the chance to win one of two gift baskets being given away in drawings.
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Heartburn help; Bindu fitness challenge; trail run

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Dr. Peyton Davis

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center’s Dr. Peyton Davis will lead a seminar Feb. 21 with information about new treatments for heartburn, or acid reflux. Meanwhile, The Bindu in Cornelius has issued a March Madness 31-day fitness challenge that incorporates yoga as a way to keep your heart healthy. Cornelius Parks & Rec is hosting a February weight-loss challenge. And Cornelius and Huntersville’s Parks & Rec departments are hosting the 2nd annual HardCORE Serious Trail Runner 5k & 10K runs on Feb. 26. Read the full story

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Blood donations down sharply, providers call for donors

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Blood providers say donations are down this month. (American Red Cross photo)

Blood providers in the Charlotte area said this week blood donations are down sharply this month, primarily because of bad weather, and they’re hoping donors will respond to help fill the gap.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) and the American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Chapter issued alerts about the blood shortage this week.
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'Soup on Sunday' benefit to aid Serenity House

MOORESVILLE – Serenity House, an end-of-life care home in Mooresville, will host a “Soup on Sunday” fund-raiser with area restaurants on Sunday, Feb. 27. The event runs 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Hilton Garden Inn, off I-77 Exit 33.
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