Healthier Food Banks, Healthier People
North Carolina food banks are making some changes. A network of organizations across the state that collectively serve about 100,000 meals a week has decided to try to serve more nutritious foods. Right now, the most cost-effective way for members of the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Foodbanks to help people is with mostly pre-packaged products: canned veggies, processed meals, and staples like peanut butter and cheese. But in a new state-funded initiative, they’re going to work with farmers across to the state to try to augment those meals with fresh produce. North Carolina has a shocking number of hungry citizens. The article explains that in our state, “one in six adults and one in five children under the age of 18 has inadequate access to food.” That’s unacceptable.
Adult Protective Services Wants You to Raise Your Voice
Do you know someone who has been taken care of by North Carolina Adult Protective Services, or needs to be? Then now’s the time to act. They’re holding listening sessions in the next few months, and they want to hear about YOUR experiences and how they could improve their services for some of our most vulnerable citizens: older folks and those with disabilities who are undergoing abuse or caretaker neglect, or who simply can’t take care of themselves anymore.
Pets Improve Your Health. Science Says So!
Pets are good for you. It’s just a fact. The country’s go-to health experts (the doctors at the CDC) even say so. But for the skeptics among us (or the curious, or those who love looking at cute animal pictures) we’re here to present proof that your favorite furry friend may be giving you a longer life.
Obstacles to Opportunities for Small Business Owners
As a small business owner, some things are much harder for you than for larger companies. Not fair, but true. There are five key aspects of your business that are more difficult to manage, and one of them is — you guessed it — healthcare costs.
How Big Is Our Opioid Issue? 3,000 Percent Big.
We’ve written before about North Carolina’s opioid problem. But it’s not just us — there’s good reason to be worried about the whole country. NPR reports that “health care claims for people with opioid dependence diagnoses rose more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014, according to an analysis of insurance records.” (The emphasis is ours, because 3,000 percent is a number everyone should pay attention to.)
Franklin County, You May Get (Part of) Your Hospital Back
Last year, Novant Health closed the only hospital in Franklin County. This year, the facility might reopen. Duke LifePoint and WakeMed have both put in bids to open 18 behavioral health beds, an emergency department, and other services at the site with funds set aside in this year’s budget. We say amen; North Carolina’s shortage of rural doctors is getting worse, and rural hospital closures (three of them in the last six years) really aren’t helping.