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Girls on the Run takes registration for May 3 event; international organization reaches 1 million girls served

BOONE—The nonprofit organization Girls on the Run International – a physical-activity based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that empowers girls in the 3rd – 8th grade – has announced it will serve its one-millionth girl in 2015. Girls on the Run of the High Country is part of that milestone, having served more than 800 girls since its launch in 2009.

Community Care of North Carolina CEO to speak April 24 at Appalachian

BOONE—L. Allen Dobson Jr., M.D., president and chief executive officer of Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), will be the speaker for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Distinguished Lecture Series at Appalachian State University.

Appalachian joins N.C. Alliance for Health Professions Diversity

WINSTON-SALEM—Officials from 20 North Carolina colleges, universities, statewide organizations, as well as state and local health agencies met recently to formally create a state-wide alliance to increase minority representation in the health professions.

Appalachian’s College of Health Sciences named for Hickory-area businessman

BOONE—The College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University has been named for an Appalachian alumnus and pioneer in the health care industry – Donald C. Beaver of Conover.

While he may be best known as owner of several minor league baseball teams in the South, Beaver first made his mark as the developer and CEO of a group of skilled nursing facilities in the state.

Luck o’ the Lassie fundraiser will be held March 17 to benefit Girls on the Run

BOONE—Girls on the Run of the High Country will host its fifth annual Luck o’ the Lassie fundraising event March 17 at The Best Cellar in Blowing Rock, located at 203 Sunset Dr., from 6:30-9 p.m.

Treating muscle tension dysphonia can be as simple as blowing bubbles, professor says

BOONE—Simple exercises like gargling or blowing bubbles in a cup of water are used by some speech pathologists to treat a serious voice disorder called muscle tension dysphonia (MTD).

Registration open for the High Country Half Marathon

BOONE—The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) at Appalachian State University announces the 3rd Annual High Country Half Marathon Aug. 30. All proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country, an after-school program that inspires girls in the 3rd-8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

McCullough appointed to new position in Appalachian’s College of Health Sciences

BOONE—Gary H. McCullough, former interim dean of the graduate school at the University of Central Arkansas, has been appointed professor and associate dean for research and graduate education in Appalachian State University’s College of Health Sciences. He will begin his work Aug. 1.

Health care management project wins national award; may become statewide model

BOONE—A program that paired undergraduate students from Appalachian State University with rural clinics in Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties, won a $25,000 national award from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and may become a model for similar partnerships across the state.