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Jackson County is Healthier

stethescope_blueJackson is the 22nd healthiest of North Carolina’s 100 counties, according to findings released last week by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The County Health Rankings list the overall health of counties nationwide, using a formula to measure people’s health and how long they live. Jackson County moved up four places this year; it was No. 26 the past two years. Researchers examined physical environment, social and economic factors, clinical care and health behaviors. They looked at high school graduation rates, access to healthy foods, smoking, obesity and teen births. North Carolina’s healthiest counties are Wake, Watauga, Orange, Union and Camden, according to researchers. Counties with the poorest health were Columbus, Halifax, Scotland, Roberson and Vance. In Western North Carolina, Watauga, No. 2; Transylvania, No. 12; Henderson, No. 15; Buncombe, No. 18 and Macon, No. 19; ranked above Jackson County. The data, which includes a large error margin, shows 22 percent of Jackson County adults smoke; 33 percent are obese; 25 percent are physically inactive; and 15 percent drink too much. There were fewer alcohol-related deaths in the county, 21 percent, than the state, which had 33 percent. The teen birth rate was lower here, at 27 per 1,000, than the state rate of 44 per 1,000. Jackson County ranked 61st in the state for access to clinical care, with 26 percent of residents who are uninsured. There is a ratio of one primary care doctor per 1,033 residents; one dentist per 2,748 residents and one mental health provider per 254 residents.

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Carolina West Sports Medicine Provides Free Physicals for Local Student Athletes

Carolina West Sports Medicine recently provided free pre-participation sports physicals to 1,000 local students. The physicals were held at MedWest-Harris serving Smoky Mountain High School and Cherokee High School students and Jackson County rising 7th and 8th grade students. Physicals were also held at on-site locations serving Swain County High School, Robbinsville High School, Blue Ridge School, Highlands School and Rabun County High School. In Addition to staff from Carolina West Sports Medicine, several local healthcare providers donated time for the physicals, including Dr. Jud Garbarino, medical director for Carolina West Sports Medicine, Dr. Martin Senicki, and physician assistants Hannah Hill, Alexis Willey and Robin Pope with Sylva Orthopedic Associates, Dr. Todd Davis with the Center for Family Medicine in Franklin, Dr. Christian Moretz and physician assistant Jamie Ellington with Wellspring Family Practice and Dr. Cliff Mault. Volunteers also included staff from Sylva Orthopedic Associates, Health Professionals of the Future (HOSA) students from Smoky Mountain High School, and employees of MedWest-Harris. Carlyle Schomberg, director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at MedWest-Harris/Swain/Franklin was quoted as saying, “We’re pleased to serve our local student athletes with sports physicals at no cost to the family. Our physicians, trainers, therapists and staff care for these kids all year round on the field and on the court and we want to do everything we can to make sure they’re safe”. Carolina West Sports Medicine provides daily sports medicine coverage including game and practice coverage for local schools and physician coverage for Western Carolina University Athletics, Call (828) 586-7934 for information or visit www.medwesthealth.com.