Announcing Kids’ Cooking Classes

There is a new class in town. Your kids will not want to miss this delicious opportunity.

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is starting “Cooking with Casey.” Your children will learn basic cooking skills, try tasty snacks, and learn about the basics of nutrition! What is not to love?

What is ARHS’s goal in starting this class? Throughout this class your child will learn basic kitchen safety skills and increase their confidence in helping prepare meals in the kitchen. They will also learn the basics of nutrition focusing on sugar, healthy carbohydrates and protein, and how to build a balanced plate. Your child will leave the class feeling accomplished and excited about cooking healthy meals, snacks and desserts.

  • For children ages 8-10
  • The class will be held every Monday evening from 4:00 – 6:30 from March 16, 2020 to April 3, 2020
  • There will be 10 spots available
  • Cost is $125 per child
  • Sign up at the front desk of The Wellness Center
  • Call (828) 266-1060 for more info

Let your child get comfortable in the kitchen, make new friends, and explore the world of nutrition.

Free Day Camp for Kids with Autism

Now in its tenth year, Camp Crinkleroot is taking applications for campers and siblings of campers. Space is limited!

The theme of this year’s camp is “technology” and various activities throughout the day will be interactive, creative and highly fun. The Spring 2020 camp is scheduled for April 24th-26 (daytime only) at Camp Sky Ranch in Blowing Rock.

The focus of Spring Camp is to provide a short break for parents/caregivers and to encourage friendship building for campers in a supportive, fun and interactive environment. Siblings are invited to attend spring camp and there will be special activities designed to support their needs as well.

February is Heart Disease Month

According to the CDC website, “Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often.” Also, another fact is heart disease is the #1 cause of death in women. A woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States. Heart attack symptoms in women are likely to be different from those experienced by men.

Our friends at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System have created this infographic to bring more awareness to heart disease symptoms in women.

Please click here to download or print the infographic to share with family and friends.

Watauga County Releases Family Recreation Membership Rates

The time is almost here for the opening of the new Watauga County Recreation Center.

The county released the following rates and stated that pending final approval, this is what they anticipate the rates to be for individuals and families:

A new video was released sharing the inside details of the center. Click here to watch the short video.

The county also announced on their Facebook page that homeschool art and Physical Education classes are a part of their proposed programming.

We will share more details as announced.

Wings of Hope butterfly exhibit brings beauty to cancer patients

January 20, 2020 (Boone, NC) – Until recently, when radiation oncology patients entered the long hallway at Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center to receive their treatments, they were greeted with a long blank wall, no windows or decoration and dim lighting. The radiation therapy team expressed a need for something to brighten and beautify the journey for patients.

They brought their idea to the Cancer Resource Alliance (CRA) Art Committee, and the Wings of Hope project was born. The group chose origami butterflies as a way to create a vibrant wall of color, bringing beauty to the area. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, transformation and hope.

The Art Committee created opportunities for patients to make origami butterflies. Mary Morgan, a member of the Art Committee, took on the task of making pre-folded butterflies so that it would be easy for many to participate, and she also helped patients and caregivers make their own butterflies. Each person was encouraged to personalize their butterfly in some way—with words of hope, their name or name of a loved one, and/or date of completion of treatment.

During the last six months of 2019, hundreds of butterflies were folded from papers of many different colors and patterns. After the butterflies were personalized, they were ready to be part of the Wings of Hope wall. 

On January 4, 2020, the Art Committee gathered to begin the installation of butterflies, choosing a Saturday so patients receiving treatment would not be disturbed. As the art committee members worked, a wave of colors began to fill the 16-foot-long plexiglass display, creating a rainbow effect. The impact of the colors was immediately transformative and uplifting.

Each member of the Art Committee has been touched by cancer in some way; many are cancer survivors. They know from personal experience how important it is to create uplifting opportunities for patients and caregivers going through this journey.

As patients complete their last radiation treatment, they will be invited to make and personalize their own butterflies to celebrate the completion of their treatment. Another plexiglass panel will soon be added so this display can continue to grow and be a symbol of hope for future patients.
The Cancer Resource Alliance (CRA) is a comprehensive team of healthcare professionals, business partners, cancer caregivers and cancer survivor volunteers. This group was established in 2006 as an outreach arm of Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center.

CRA Art Committee Members, left to right: Donna Warren, Nancy Beltz, Mary Morgan, Sue Creech and Beth Andrews.
Ruby Harper (center) placed a butterfly after finishing her radiation treatments, surrounded by Radiation Therapists Melanie Thomas, Amy Isaacs, Katie Neibaur, and Holly Fletcher (left-right).

Wellness Center: First Month For Only $20.20

Did you write down a wellness/health goal for the new year?

You may want to let the Wellness Center help you achieve that goal with this great promotion. Join the Wellness Center during January and get this month’s membership for $20.20, with no initiation fee!

FREE with membership: one 30-minute personal training session, one 30-minute nutritional consultation with their registered dietitian, and ongoing follow up and support.

Learn more about the Wellness Center.

Call now: (828) 266-1060

Halloween Candy Buy Back

There is still time to donate your candy to our troops. Bring your unopened, unwanted candy to OP Smiles and they will pay you for it. Your candy will then be sent to our troops. Each year OP Smiles collects large amounts of candy to send for our troops serving our country to enjoy!

Address: 373 Boone Heights Drive Boone, NC 28607

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) to open a new Family Practice

“Let our family take care of your family”

Boone will soon have a new family practice in town. AppFamily Medicine, a practice of Appalachian Regional Medical Associates will open on November 4th, 2019.

AppFamily Medicine will be a true “family practice” that will provide comprehensive care for all ages, from infants to adults.

AppFamily’s primary care providers will be your family’s healthcare partner. In addition to providing general care for the entire family, AppFamily Medicine will also provide treatment for a wide range of medical issues including complicated chronic disease management, acute illnesses, care of children, depression and anxiety, as well as both prenatal and routine gynecological care. Same-day acute care (sick or injured) appointments are available for established patients only.  

AppFamily Medicine seeks to embody the concept of family medicine with the local community and truly become a health and wellness “home” for patients.

Providers Dr. Molly Benedum, Dr. David Brendle, Dr. Chris McCracken, Dr. Kyle Wilson, and Amanda Blaylock, PA will be available for the whole family. 

AppFamily Medicine will be located at 148 Hwy. NC 105 Extension Suite 102 just beside of Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists. 

To learn more about AppFamily Medicine, visit

To schedule an appointment with AppFamily Medicine, patients can Phone:(828) 386-2222 or request an appointment online at

More information and photos: 
• Dr. Benedum:
• Dr. Brendle:
• Dr. McCracken:
• Dr. Wilson:
• Amanda Blaylock, PA-C:

Blue Ridge Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine Flu Clinic

It’s that time of year again! Flu shots and flu clinics have started! Flu clinics will run from now through Friday, December 20th. Blue Ridge Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine will not be providing the nasal flu vaccine this year. They do apologize for this inconvenience. Flu walk-in clinics will be offered in all three of their locations. Please see the schedule below to find the day, time and location that best fits your needs.

Flu Walk-In Clinics
Boone: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 pm
Avery: Fridays from 2:30-4:30 pm
Ashe: Fridays from 2:30-4:30 pm

Also, please note that Boone Drug at Greenway will be offering adult flu clinics at the same time! Every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-7:00 pm, adults will be able to get their flu vaccine in the pharmacy downstairs.

App State Hosts 2nd Annual Autism & Neurodiversity Conference

Conference Title: “My Autism Journey: Various Perspectives”

Location: Alliance Bible Fellowship: 1035 North Carolina Hwy 105 Bypass, Boone

Overview: Second annual day-long autism and neurodiversity conference for professionals, family members, people with autism or other disabilities, as well as ASU faculty, staff and students. The conference keynote address, entitled “My Autism Journey: Various Perspectives,” is designed to celebrate adults and children with autism by recognizing their authentic contributions to our communities. Breakout sessions during the conference will provide education and skill development in a variety of areas including technology supports, anxiety and autism, and tools for conquering daily transitions and change.

Fees (includes lunch): $20 for professionals (Certificate of Attendance upon request); $10 for students, families and community members

Click here to register.