Thursday, June 1, 2017
5:30 p.m.
Paul H. Broyhill Wllness Center



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.


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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

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. 

You do not need a physician referral to join the Prevent T2 program. 


June 16, 2017
11:30 a.m.
Linville Ridge Country Club
Linville, NC


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The 13th annual Pretty in Pink Fashion Show & Luncheon will be held at Linville Ridge Country Club in Linville, NC, on Friday, June 16, 2017. The champagne reception will begin at 11:30 am followed by the fashion show and luncheon at noon. Belk of Boone will provide fashions for the models. The featured speaker will be Kristen Walls, a cancer survivor.

Proceeds from the event will be used to provide free, first-time mammograms to uninsured women in Avery County. Additional services and information are available to patients and their families through the Avery County Cancer Resource Center located in the Sloop Medical Office Plaza on the campus of Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Tickets for this event are now available at For more information, contact the Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation at 828-262-4391. 

As a result of the declining number of flu cases seen over the past few weeks, the visitation restriction imposed at The Foley Center, Cannon Memorial Hospital and Watauga Medical Center on February 24th has been lifted. 

Can you recall what first attracted you to the mountains of North Carolina? For generations, community staples like Appalachian State University, Grandfather Mountain and Tweetsie Railroad have welcomed visitors in search of education, adventure, family entertainment and nowadays healing. Thanks to The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s new post-acute care center in Blowing Rock, NC visitors have started planning what is referred to as “Medical Tourism” trips to the High Country. Caron Baker Wike is one such visitor.

After hearing that his health was in jeopardy a few months ago, Justin Weltz will graduate this spring with a Thrive “degree” in improved fitness from the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center and a Master’s degree in English from Appalachian State University.