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Mobility program to be offered monthly for the elderly

BOONE—To help older adults learn how to prevent falls, Appalachian State University’s BlueShield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services will begin offering free monthly CHAMP screenings at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center April through November.

Registration opens for the High Country Triple Crown running series

BOONE—The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) at Appalachian State University announces the High Country Triple Crown, a series of three challenging and fun races covering beautiful mountain terrain. All proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country, an afterschool 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.

AccessCare and Appalachian named finalist in National Rural Health Award competition

BOONE—AccessCare of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian State University’s College of Health Sciences have been named a finalist in a national rural health competition for their innovative collaboration to enlist undergraduate students as interns to help rural practices achieve Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Status.

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 4th 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.

Autism camp offered April 4-6, registration ends March 12

BOONE—Crinkleroot Retreat, a free day camp to be held April 8-10, is recruiting campers ages 8 – 14 with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The retreat will be held in Valle Crucis at Camp Broadstone and is staffed by trained Appalachian State University volunteers.

Research shows taking vitamin D2 is a poor choice for athletes

BOONE—Power athletes and others looking for an edge to improve their performance should avoid taking vitamin D2.

Research conducted at Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis showed that taking vitamin D2 supplements decreased levels of vitamin D3 in the body and resulted in higher muscle damage after intense weight lifting.

Registration now open for 2014 Girls on the Run

BOONE—Local girls in grades 3 through 8 are invited to participate in Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR). Registration for the spring session is open now at http://gotr.appstate.edu. The program will begin the week of Feb. 3, 2014.

Volunteers sought for research on dietary supplement’s effect on immune function

BOONE—Women between the ages of 18 and 50 are being recruited for a research study to be conducted at Appalachian State University.

Clinical trial results support ‘cocktail’ approach to joint pain relief

BOONE—A recent study conducted at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis studied the effectiveness of the joint pain supplement Instaflex™ Joint Support. An eight-week clinical trial showed the supplement significantly reduced joint pain and stiffness in test volunteers after four weeks of use.