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4 EASY IDEAS TO Enhance Your 2021 Garden

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ardening enthusiasm is surging thanks to our increased time at home - whether on a small-space patio or in a larger backyard. In fact, people spent 42% more time gardening in 2020 than the year before, according to Axiom Marketing’s 2021 Gardening Insight Survey, and it is estimated the pandemic contributed to creating nearly 20 million new “gardeners.” Many experts agree the trend toward nurturing flowers, plants and vegetables will continue into 2021 and beyond. If you’re looking to test your new green thumb or bring this year’s garden to the next level, consider these top trends and simple ideas from the experts at Ball Horticultural Company:

The year-round fresh and healthy garden

Gardening can provide fresh access to produce that can help encourage healthy eating. You can feel confident knowing exactly where your food comes from and enjoy the satisfaction of growing it yourself. Plus, it doesn’t get fresher than picking something from your own garden just minutes before preparing a dish. You don’t need an expansive garden to enjoy the many benefits of fresh, healthy vegetables and herbs. In fact,

you don’t need a garden at all! Check out Kitchen Minis from PanAmerican Seed® and enjoy a variety of peppers and tomatoes that can be grown inside on a sunny windowsill, countertop or outside as patio tabletop plants. You can grow and harvest your own Kitchen Minis flavors most of the year.

The multi-purpose flower and herb garden

Don’t be afraid to mix your flowers and herbs. Trending in 2021 is bundling your plants together to save space and make a multi-functional showcase. Start with a tiered fruit stand, line it with coco liner cut to fit inside each bowl space, and then add soil and plants of your choice. The handle and lightness of the stand make it easy to hang as a basket or decorate a patio or table for a beautiful and functional addition wherever you garden. Be sure to select plants that have a lot to offer in a compact space. For example, herbs from Burpee Plants are ideal for small gardens, so you can enjoy fresh flavors like mint, rosemary and parsley at a moment’s notice. If you’d prefer a centerpiece or accent decor for entertaining, petunias from Wave® Petunias are lowmaintenance and stunning, easily adding a punch of color to your container.


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The beautiful garden for a bold and colorful outdoor living space

As people spend more time enjoying the outdoors from the safety and comforts of home, they are taking a new look at their exterior spaces. Colorful blooms brighten the outdoors and elevate the mood, which is why flower gardening is flourishing. However, people want this outdoor beauty without extensive maintenance, so ease is essential when planning your flower garden. When it comes to pairing beauty and simplicity, Beacon® Impatiens are a great choice, especially for those whose outdoor spaces don’t get a lot of sun. Available in bright, bold colors, you can fill baskets, window boxes, patio containers and shade landscapes with Beacon to add vivid, dramatic color to your spaces and have confidence in their performance. These impatiens are low-maintenance and have high resistance to Impatiens downy mildew, a disease that has caused plant loss in recent years.

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Gather everyone’s input on a plan for your family garden and work together as a team to make it a success. One plant that’s particularly fun for families to include is Lavender Primavera from Darwin Perennials. The rich purple color is visually stunning, plus lavender attracts pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, so you’re enhancing the natural world around you. Additionally, you’re sure to enjoy the relaxing scent wafting in the breeze, and you can harvest your lavender to use in DIY craft projects around the house or as gifts to loved ones.

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The ability to explore interests like gardening and plant care is a silver lining of spending more time at home. Gardening is a healthy activity for anyone, and there are many resources - from your local gardening store to online blogs and videos - to help you be successful. 2021 is your chance to dig in and grow! (BPT)

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postbiotics:

A simpler route to support immune function EVERYTHING A BODY NEEDS

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any health-minded people are already familiar with probiotics and prebiotics, which have been touted for their contributions to a healthy gut microbiome that supports the immune system. But when you understand how these interact with your gut, a third and simpler option emerges: postbiotics. It’s the “biotic” you may not yet have heard about. Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria that can be added to your diet from taking supplements or functional foods with added probiotics like yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi. Prebiotics provide the bacteria the “food” that is needed to kick off a fermentation process. That fermentation process creates beneficial metabolites which are part of the foundation for a healthy gut microbiome. Beneficial metabolites can also be created outside of your gut through fermentation using yeast or bacteria. These metabolites are called postbiotics. Fermented outside the body, postbiotics are beneficial because they deliver those good metabolites without the bloating or gas that fermentation can sometimes cause within the gut. While you can get postbiotics by eating fermented foods, to be sure that you are getting the right composition of metabolites shown to have immune and gut health benefits, it’s best to look for postbiotics that are backed by clinical research. Now that you know the relationship between probiotics, prebiotics and postbiotics, the following are the core benefits of integrating postbiotics into your diet to support immune function. 1) A simpler solution: If you’ve been taking the traditional probiotic-prebiotic approach to getting your gut into balance, it can be something of a guessing game to ensure you’re consuming the necessary amounts of soluble fiber (prebiotics) and foods, beverages or supplements with added probiotics through diet. Postbiotic supplements can provide a simpler way to support your gut and immune system. Not only that but unlike probiotic supplements, postbiotic supplements contain no live cultures, so they’re more stable and have a longer shelf life. 2) Proactive immune support: EpiCor® postbiotic is clinically shown to support the immune system and gut health. And it’s not just something you specifically take on those times when you

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A Brunch Spread Fit for Spring

rom tasty small bites to a filling feast and even dessert for breakfast, brunch options are nearly endless. Take your spring brunch to the next level with recipes that appease appetites of all kinds. First, start with portioned pastry cups perfect for appetizers. Bring out the protein-packed breakfast burritos for the main course then, for a final touch of sweet deliciousness, offer up lemony doughnuts to cap off the feast.

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Pastry Brunch Cups Servings: 18

2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese 2 sheets puff pastry 18 eggs 2 cups diced ham chopped fresh green onions • Heat oven 375 F. • In small saucepan, melt butter. Whisk flour with butter. Gradually pour in milk, whisking each time. Bring to simmer, whisking until mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat; stir in Swiss cheese. Set aside. • Use rolling pin to thin out puff pastries. Cut each into nine squares. Line pastry squares in muffin cups, pressing bottoms down firmly and moving pastries up sides for edges to come up just over muffin tins. Fill each cup with 1 teaspoon cheese sauce. Crack one egg into each cup and sprinkle each with diced ham. • 10-15 minutes until eggs set. Sprinkle with chopped green onions.

Breakfast Burrito

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1  Silver Fern Farms New Zealand 100% Grass-Fed New York Strip Steak (10 ounces) oil salt, to taste pepper, to taste 1/2 onion, finely chopped 1  red bell pepper, sliced lengthwise 4 large mushrooms, sliced 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2-1 teaspoon chili powder 1 tomato, finely chopped 8 eggs 1/2 cup milk 4 large tortillas 1 cup spinach 1 1/2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup cilantro 1 avocado lime wedges (optional) hot sauce (optional) • Remove steak from packaging and set aside 10 minutes. Once steak reaches room temperature, heat pan over medium-high heat. • Rub steak with oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. • until medium-rare, approximately 3-4 minutes each side. Remove from pan and cover loosely with tinfoil to rest 5 minutes. • Reduce heat to medium and add splash of oil. Add onion; cook 1 minute. Add red bell pepper and mushrooms; cook 1 minute. • Add cumin, paprika and chili powder; stir through. • When veggies are tender (about 2 minutes), add tomato and cook until soft. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. • In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk and salt and pepper, to taste. • Heat pan to medium heat and add splash of oil.


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• Pour egg mixture into pan and cook, lifting and folding eggs until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Do not stir constantly. • Lay tortillas on flat surface or plate. • In center of tortilla, add cooked veggies and top with thinly sliced beef. Add handful of spinach, scrambled eggs, crumbled feta, cilantro and avocado. Fold bottom of tortilla and roll. • Serve with lime wedges and hot sauce, if desired.

Lemon Ricotta Doughnuts

Prep time: 20 minutes • Cook time: 7 minutes

Doughnuts: Vegetable oil, for frying 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 3/4 cups Domino Golden Sugar, divided 2 tablespoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons lemon zest 5 large eggs

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cups ricotta cheese tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Lemon Curd (optional): 1 stick unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 cups Domino Golden Sugar 2 large eggs 2 egg yolks 4 lemons, zest and juice only 1/8 teaspoon salt • To make doughnuts: In large saucepan, preheat oil to 350 F. Prepare cookie sheet with paper towel to drain doughnuts once out of hot oil. • In bowl, mix flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Add lemon zest, eggs, ricotta cheese and vanilla extract; mix until well combined. • Use ice cream scoop to scoop small amounts dough into oil, 4-5 pieces at a time. Fry each batch until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Keep oil at or near 350 F; if oil is too hot, doughnuts will turn golden brown but centers may still be raw. Remove from oil and drain in paper towel. Repeat with remaining dough. • While still hot, toss doughnuts with remaining sugar. • To make lemon curd, if desired: In large bowl of stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and egg yolks, one at a time. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and salt. • Transfer mixture to saucepan and cook at low-medium heat until thick and creamy, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool before serving with doughnuts. #15641 Source: Family Features


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N. Georgia Hearing Aid Specialist, LLC 281-C Young Harris Street 706-745-1861 Connie Duncan hearing aid specialist serving the local area for over 25 years. All make repair, new digital technology, any brands except franchise. “Hearing Aid Specialist of the Year - 2012” Conviently located for over 15 years, next to the Blairsville Post Office.

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Family Care Clayton 563 Mountain City Road

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WE ARE OFFERING 3 TYPES OF COVID19 TESTING! Due to a federal grant we are able to see uninsured patients at no cost to the patient for COVID-19 related visits! Primary Care and Urgent Care services that include exams, sick visits, DOT physicals, IV fluids, blood work, stitches, sports/school physicals, and more. TeleMed available. Walk-ins welcome. familycarega.com

MedLink GA 896 US-441

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WE ARE OFFERING 3 TYPES OF COVID19 TESTING! Due to a federal grant we are able to see uninsured patients at no cost to the patient for COVID-19 related visits! Primary Care and Urgent Care services that include exams, sick visits, DOT physicals, IV fluids, blood work, stitches, sports/school physicals, and more. TeleMed available. Walk-ins welcome. familycarega.com

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Established 42 year Community medical practice that offers many services. Variety of Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and Assistant Payment programs available. chatugefp.org See pg 14

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Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital 3990 E U.S. Highway 64 Alt 828-837-8161 Nationally-acclaimed, multi-hospital health system with a team of healthcare professionals. Murphy offers a 24-hour emergency dept. with critical urgent care center and highly-trained staff. The PARC Fitness Center offers outpatient rehabilitation services at our fitness complex conveniently located near the hospital. erlanger.org See page 13

Mims Family Dentistry 96 Central St • Ste 201

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We want you to keep your teeth happy & healthy for a lifetime. Services include braces to implants. Open 8am-5pm daily. mimsfamilydentistry.com See page 11

Murphy Dental Center 828-837-5911 119 Natural Springs Drive Modern Dentistry in a caring, home-like atmosphere including General Dentistry, CEREC Dentistry, and Oral Conscious and IV Sedation. murphydentalcenter.com

Peachtree Community Health Center 4048 E US 64 ALT, Suite 1 828-837-8131 Providing whole person care by integrating primary care and behavioral health at one location, during one visit. Our services encompass individualized treatment, health education, and community assistance from a team of providers that include physicians, nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), community health workers, and peer support specialists. M-F | 7:30 am - 5:30 pm amchc.org See pg 16

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ROBBINSVILLE Tallulah Community Health Center 409 Tallulah Rd. 828-479-6434 Providing whole person care by integrating primary care and behavioral health at one location, during one visit. Our services encompass individualized treatment, health education, and community assistance from a team of providers that include physicians, nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), community health workers, and peer support specialists. M-F| 7 am - 6 pm amchc.org See pg 16

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Where to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine • Protect yourself & others from serious illness, hospitalization, or death. • Provide care for a family member or friend. • Return to work or volunteer activities. • Hold small family gatherings. • Attend church services. • Continue medical appointments, procedures, and therapies.

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Residents 16yrs of age or older. To find your nearest location or to schedule appt. visit: https://dph.georgia.gov Gainesville Northeast Georgia Medical Center Hall County Health Dept. Longstreet Clinic Medlink Demorest Habersham Health Dept. Medlink Habersham Primary Care Cornelia Arnold Drug Company Cleveland White County Health Dept. Dahlonega Lumpkin County Health Dept. Georgia Mountain Health Over 100,000 people took part in clinical trials to make sure the vaccines were safe. Now, over 115 million people in the US have safely received doses of the vaccine.

Clayton Rabun County Health Dept. Medlink Young Harris Towns County Health Dept. Hiawassee Synergy Health Blairsville Union County Health Dept. Blue Ridge Georgia Mountains Health Ellijay Piedmont Community Center Georgia Mountains Health

Availability may be offered at these Pharmacies: • CVS • Ingles • Kroger • Publix • U-Save-It • Walmart • Walgreens

Ongoing studies are showing that the vaccines are up to 95% effective in preventing COVID infections, serious illness, and hospitalization.

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Studies have proven the COVID vaccines protect fully vaccinated people against the COVID-19 virus.


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New Guidance May Change How You Control Your Asthma The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health recently updated national guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma. Asthma is a chronic lung condition affecting about 25 million Americans, 5.5 million of whom are children. The 2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines aim to improve the care of people living with asthma. Together, people with asthma, their caregivers


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and health care providers can make informed decisions about asthma management based on this new guidance. The guidelines contain 19 new recommendations in six key areas of asthma diagnosis, management and treatment. For example, they suggest that people ages 4 and up with moderate to severe persistent asthma use a single inhaler that contains an inhaled corticosteroid and the bronchodilator formoterol. The guidance recommends this treatment both as a daily asthma controller and as a quick-relief therapy. Inhaled corticosteroids are medicines that help control inflammation in your airways over time, and bronchodilators help keep your airway muscles relaxed. The guidelines also suggest that people ages 12 and up with mild persistent asthma may do well with inhaled corticosteroids along with a type of medication called a short-acting bronchodilator for quick relief. People who are sensitive and exposed to indoor allergy triggers, such as dust or animal dander, may find that these allergens affect their asthma. A few different strategies, used together, can help reduce symptoms. Using only one strategy often does not improve asthma outcomes. For example, using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration vacuum cleaner along with pillow and mattress covers that prevent dust mites from going through them could benefit those sensitive to dust. Using an integrated pest management plan may be helpful if you are allergic and exposed to cockroaches, mice or rats. Talking with your health care provider about these and other updates to the asthma management guidelines is an important part of your asthma care and can help you make informed decisions about your treatment. Asthma is a serious condition, but with the right treatment, it can be controlled. Work with your health care provider to develop a comprehensive prevention and treatment plan that includes: • Taking prescribed medications •A  ddressing environmental factors that worsen symptoms

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828-837-3577 | 1-800-544-5840 96 Central St., Suite 201 • Murphy www.MimsFamilyDentistry.com • Learning skills to manage your asthma on your own (such as with an asthma action plan) • Monitoring your care to assess how well it’s working and how to adjust, if needed If you have asthma and are concerned about COVID-19, talk to your health care provider. People with moderate to severe asthma may be more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19. COVID-19 can affect the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease. For more information on COVID-19, visit CDC.gov. Read more about the updated guidelines and find asthma resources and information from NHLBI’s Learn More Breathe BetterSM program at www.nhlbi.nih. gov/LMBBasthma.

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Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy – What are they good for?

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aybe therapy was suggested to you or you know of someone who saw a therapist in an outpatient clinic or while in the hospital. But do you know what each type of therapy does for the body? Types of therapy Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) help people receive or regain physical abilities. For example, you may need help with walking or bathing after a stroke or accident. Speech therapy (ST) helps with more than speech. It can also help with communication, cognition, and swallowing issues. All of these therapy services can be provided to patients while in the hospital and/or continued after hospital discharge in an outpatient setting. Who is therapy for? Therapy is for people of all ages – kids to seniors! Each treatment plan is developed with a patient’s

goals in mind. And treatment isn’t limited to helping patients with a medical condition. According to Cindy Webb, a doctor of physical therapy at Erlanger FitPlus, a division of Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, therapists offer specialty care for patients of all ages. “Especially for older adults who are feeling the results of aging, PT has shown to help slow down typical age-related issues that affect movement and balance,” said Webb. What do PT, OT, and ST involve? When you first begin therapy, your therapist will assess and measure your abilities to help establish reachable goals. Your therapist will then create a plan based on what your current condition is and what your personal goals are. Goals may be to regain abilities you once had, improve your mobility, or limit a further decline in your health.


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Your plan may call for a variety of treatment options, including: • Manual therapy • Exercises specific to your injury or diagnosis • Modalities – heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, etc. • Cognitive therapy • Swallow studies or diet modifications • Daily living training activities • Splinting In addition to patients, therapists often work closely with family and caregivers as well. Providing your at-home care team with education and support will make for an easier transition back to your desired lifestyle. Learn more For more information about physical, occupational, or speech therapy, talk with your doctor or visit erlanger.org/FitPlus.


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HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE RELIEF Headaches, including migraines, are extremely common. Because headaches can stem from a variety of causes, some headache sufferers seek treatment on a near daily basis. Our licensed physical therapsit will perform a complementary screen and determine the most effective course of action for your condition prior to treatment. SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WE TREAT: • Stress Headache • Tension Headache • Horomonal Headache • Cluster Headache • Migraines • TMJ Headache • Sinus Headache TREATMENT PLAN FOR HEADACHES INCLUDE: Manual Therapy - proven hands-on techniques are designed to alleviate joint and muscle stiffness, increase mobility of the head and neck, decrease muscle tension and spasms, and improve muscle performance.

Pro Motion Rehab Physical, Occupational, & Massage Therapies 2810 US Hwy 64 W Suite 1 Murphy, NC 28906 828-837-0400 Fax: 828-837-0404 pt@promotionrehab.com

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Exercise - specific exercises will decrease pain, improve endurance, decrease inflammation, and promote overall healing. Education - on triggers like diet, sleep, movement and postural habits, stress and hydration. Effective strategies to alleviate symptoms also include a variety of relaxation techniques. For more information: Pro Motion Rehab 828-837-0400


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HEALTH CARE

EVERYONE IS WELCOME! PRIMARY CARE | BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Whole Person Healthcare Includes: • Preventive Care • Complete Physical Exams • Treatment for Acute Illnesses and Minor Injuries • Women’s Services • Minor Office Procedures • Chronic Disease Management • Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services • Care Management for Primary Care: • Resource connections • Care plans • Basic counseling services • Medication monitoring and management • Medical appointment coordination Peachtree Community Health Center participates in a Medicare Shared Savings Program, resulting in coordinated care and additional resources for our Medicare patients. • Home visits • Pharmacy reviews • CaraMedic programs that integrate paramedics into the multidisciplinary care team - bringing compassionate care truly closer to home. Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance accepted. Self-pay and sliding scale options available.

PEACHTREE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER 4048 E US 64 Alternate, Suite 1 Murphy, NC 28906 Phone: 828-837-8131 Fax: 877-930-7732 Monday - Friday | 7:30 am - 5:30 pm (Murphy, Cherokee County) An affiliate of

amchc.org TALLULAH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER 409 Tallulah Rd. Robbinsville, NC 28771 Phone: 828-479-6434 Fax: 828-479-2917 Monday-Friday | 7 am - 6 pm (Robbinsville, Graham County)

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