TFC is starting 2017 with some new programming that we hope will make Henderson and Polk Counties healthier places to live, work, learn and play. Thanks to the support of the United Way of Henderson County and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, TFC will be partnering with the Henderson County Department of Public Health to pilot HealthWays, a new program to promote wellness.

Just as we recognize that 80% of what determines our health happens outside of the doctor’s office, we also recognize that as a community we have far more interactions and are influenced on a more regular basis by our peers than by health professionals.

HealthWays builds on and leverages existing social relationships and positive peer pressure to promote healthy living and alleviate epidemics of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity in our community. In similar programs across the world as well as in neighboring rural Kentucky and Tennessee, 95% of participants had an improvement in as least one clinical indicator such as body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, or waist circumference.

If you are interested in learning more about how HealthWays works, visit Microclinic International. TFC is the pilot site for this model in NC. We are so grateful for the care and guidance of the Microclinics team as we partner to transform health and wellness as a community.

The HealthWays program will bring expert, international trainers to Hendersonville to help us launch the novel new project. We are looking for volunteers to attend the trainings- one in English and one in Spanish- and help Henderson and Polk Counties become healthier communities.

Contact Ruth Ramirez at (828) 697-8422 for more information on HealthWays.