In the news: Who Will Provide Obamacare in N.C.?

Obamacare is coming, and its success depends on primary-care practitioners. But there are not many of them, according to the nonprofit news website North Carolina Health News. Studies show the U.S. – and our state – ranks at or near the bottom among affluent countries in health outcomes such as infant mortality, heart disease, obesity and drug-related deaths and injuries. These issues are best addressed by primary-care doctors and nurses, N.C. Health News says. And some experts say the state doesn’t have enough.

LINK: Oct. 10, 2013, North Carolina Health News, “Who Will Provide Obamacare?”

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CDC finds suicide rates climb among middle-aged adults

Centers for Disease Control
Suicide deaths have surpassed deaths from motor vehicle crashes in recent years in the United States. In 2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides. Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen substantially since 1999, according to a report in today’s CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Continue Reading

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Cornelius PARC offers new fitness classes

Cornelius PARC is offering new classes in yoga-lates, aerobic dancing, tai chi, running, and outdoor fitness beginning on Monday, Nov. 4. Here’s a list, with information on how to sign up. Continue Reading

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Y’s new aquatics director has a simple philosophy

Matthew Reker

Matthew Reker is the new aquatics director at the Lake Norman YMCA.

YMCAlogo100Matthew Reker has a simple philosophy for running aquatics: Set your people up for success and you cannot fail. Before becoming the new aquatics director at the Lake Norman YMCA, Reker was director of the Greensboro Aquatics Center. Employing his people-centric approach, he turned their new facility and fledgling programs into one of the premier aquatic centers in the Greensboro area.

Reker has replaced longtime aquatics director and swim coach Eddie Beach, who retired in March. (See March 7, 2013, “After years of leading by example, Eddie Beach retires” ) Continue Reading

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