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The Health Adventure Announces Official Closing Date

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – As part of the required move from our home in the Biltmore Square Mall, it is with great sadness that The Health Adventure announces that its final day in operation will be July 14, 2013.  The Health Adventure has been an excellent, one-of-a-kind children’s science and health center serving the western North Carolina area for 45 years.

“We are grateful to have been an important part of the education system and to have served as a center of family engagement.  The years of support of The Health Adventure from our members, guests, donors, sponsors, schools and elected officials is greatly appreciated.  We are also very grateful for the tremendous support that Park Ridge Health has provided for more than two years as we worked together to educate children for a healthier western North Carolina.  Thank you to all who have helped us for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful community for so many years,” stated Dr. Mark Knollman, Chairman of the Board of Advisors.

Dr. Knollman further stated, “The Health Adventure is proud of its many accomplishments. The closure is in no way indicative of a decreased commitment to excellence.  Our closure has been caused by the redevelopment of the Biltmore Square Mall and their decision to not let us continue to operate in the new outlet center model. When the news was announced in early May that tenants would be required to move, we chose to not continue with our business model of operating through selling annual memberships supported with philanthropy. Additionally, we recently learned that in July, we will be losing 40 percent of our funding from the State of North Carolina.  The forced relocation of our facility after the tremendous investment in this new exceptional location, as well as the funding cuts, are devastating, and it is simply too much to financially bear to attempt a third move in three years.”

Memberships will be honored through the closure date on July 14,  and information is being sent to all current members who may wish to receive prorated reimbursements on the remaining months of their memberships should they not want to maintain their membership, which allows entrance into more than 300 other science centers in the country.  General admission fees will be in effect for non-members who wish to visit The Health Adventure until July 14.

Paige Wheeler, Executive Director of The Health Adventure commented, “The closure will leave a significant void in our community.   We can only hope that someday the right combination of partners can come together to fill this void with another interactive science and health center worthy of our community. It has been an honor to serve the children and families of western North Carolina.”

Jason Wells, Vice President at Park Ridge Health, added, “We are so proud of The Health Adventure team and their many years of service to kids and families in our community. The new location at the Biltmore Square Mall has been a tremendous blessing. We are sad about the decision by leadership of the new outlet mall, but we respect their new plans. We continue to be hopeful that a partner will step up and help develop a destination for healthy learning and play so that the 45-year journey of excellence can continue.”

About The Health Adventure:

The Health Adventure is located in the Biltmore Square Mall off of I-26 at Exit 33.  Providing our community with science and health education for 45 years, The Health Adventure is an accredited museum and is a non-profit 501(c)(3).   The Health Adventure is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sundays from 12:30 to 6 p.m.  For more information, visit thehealthadventure.org or call 828.665.2217.                                           

Why Am I So Tired? Seminar at Health Adventure

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – According to the National Sleep Foundation, 29 percent of Americans fall asleep or become very sleepy at work, and 36 percent of Americans drive drowsy or fall asleep while driving. A recent survey of nearly 30,000 working adults found nearly 40 percent of American workers experience fatigue regularly. Sarah Danninger, M.D., of Family Medicine at Biltmore Park, will present a free seminar on this timely topic on Tuesday, Mar. 5, at 6 p.m. The presentation, “Why Am I So Tired? Common Causes of and Treatments for Fatigue,” will take place in the Park Ridge Health Classroom at The Health Adventure, and free refreshments will be provided for guests. Space is limited, so reservations are required for this event by calling 855-PRH-LIFE (855-774-5433).

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later is a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. Park Ridge Health provides personalized care throughout the region, offering a dedicated network of more than 120 primary care and specialty providers, cardiac care and rehab, nationally awarded cancer services, full-service orthopedic care and the only accredited hyperbaric medicine facility in Western North Carolina. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit www.parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).

October Health Events with Park Ridge Health and Health Adventure

Friday, October 5th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Free health events with Park Ridge Health and the Health Adventure in October.

Families Eating Smarter and Moving More

Tuesdays, October 9 – October 30 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

FREE series at The Health Adventure (Biltmore Square Mall)

Bring the whole family and enjoy learning simple solutions for eating smarter and moving more together. You can choose to come to just one or all of the classes in the series:

Session 1: Eating Smart at Home

Session 2: Moving More, Every Day, Everywhere

Session 3: Eating Smart on the Run

Session 4: Moving More, Watching Less

Free Movie Night: The Weight of the Nation: Confronting America’s Obesity Epidemic

Tuesday, October 9, at 5:30 p.m. In the Duke Room at Park Ridge Health

This popular HBO documentary will be the focus of this year’s movie night at Park Ridge Health. Feel free to bring dinner from the Café and eat while you watch. For more information, visit www.theweightofthenation.hbo.com

Free Support Groups

Oncology Community Support Group

Friday, October 12 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Burchard/OB Conference Room 100 Hospital Drive, Hendersonville

Offered by the Park Ridge Health Oncology Center. Open to anyone in the community undergoing the stresses of cancer treatments (caregivers and family welcome). Facilitated by Blake Hill, R.N., O.C.N., O.N.N. (Oncology Certified Nurse, Oncology Navigator), and Darlene White, Park Ridge Health volunteer and cancer survivor. For information, please contact Debbie Gentry at 828.681.2917.

The Baby Place Events

To register for classes or for more information on spa services, please call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433) or visit parkridgebabies.com.

Celebrate Pregnancy (One full day)

Monday, October 8 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Health Adventure (Biltmore Square Mall)

This is not your typical childbirth class! This class is offered in an interactive format to help you learn and retain all the correct and most important information. Topics covered in the course include the following: Dealing with pregnancy ailments, labor process & labor support techniques, and breastfeeding & newborn care. This class is $65.00 per couple. Add a massage voucher ($65 value) to use at The Baby Place Spa for just $30! Bring three pillows and a baby doll or stuffed animal to class.

October 2012 WOW Health Screenings

Free Cholesterol Screenings

Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body mass index screening. For best results, fast overnight. FREE.

Tuesday, October 9 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. The Health Adventure (Enter through Biltmore Square Mall)

Free Bone Density for Men and Women

Bone density screening for osteoporosis. Please wear shoes and socks that are easy to slip off. FREE.

Wednesday, October 10 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sammy Williams Center: 301 N. Justice St., Hendersonville

Free Health Class at Asheville’s Health Adventure

Monday, May 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Community members are invited to a free, eight-week lifestyle transformation class hosted by Park Ridge Health at The Health Adventure in Biltmore Square Mall. Discover the “8 Laws of Health” – Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal Relationships, Outlook and Nutrition – at the CREATION Health Series, presented by certified Wellness Instructors. All participants will receive a copy of CREATION Health Discovery, a biblically based guide to health and harmony.

CREATION Health will take place on Thursdays, June 14 to August 2, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to call 855.PRH.LIFE by June 12 to register.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later is still a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge Health partnered with Adventist Health System, joining a family of more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals across the country. Leading the way in many medical firsts for the region – including state-of-the-art surgery suites, a boutique baby delivery experience and North Carolina’s first 64-slice CT scanner in  2006 – Park Ridge Health provides personalized care throughout the region, offering a network of nearly 80 family and specialty physicians, nationally accredited cancer services, a comprehensive wound care and hyperbaric center and full-service orthopedic care.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit http://www.parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).

The Health Adventure Mobile Learning Adventure

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – This weekend, The Health Adventure is hosting PNC’s Mobile Learning Adventure, an entertaining and interactive traveling exhibit sponsored by The PNC Foundation.  The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), is helping children in Asheville explore their career dreams while highlighting the importance of early education with the Mobile Learning Adventure.

The hands-on exhibit offers educational games for children and  their parents to do on two touch-screen kiosks. Activities include the “When I Grow Up” station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home an activity book and a Sesame StreetTM learning kit created for PNC as part of a continuing partnership.  The kit includes a magazine for parents and caregivers, children’s activity cards and a book, along with an original Sesame Street DVD that demonstrates how to take everyday moments and turn them into learning opportunities.

The PNC Mobile Learning Adventure is free and open to the public.

What:                       Experience hands-on activities for children and learn about early childhood education at the PNC Mobile Learning Adventure

When:                      May 19th 10:00 am to  4:00 pm and May 20th 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Where:                    800 Brevard Road, Asheville NC 28806

Biltmore Square Mall, Outside of The Health Adventure

General admission fees or membership required for entry to The Health Adventure.  Admission is $9.50 for adults and $6.50 for children ages 2 through 16.   Family memberships start at $75.00 for an entire year of admission.

About The Health Adventure:

The Health Adventure is now located in the Biltmore Square Mall off of I-26 at Exit 33.  Providing our community with science and health education for over 44 years, The Health Adventure is an accredited museum and is a non-profit 501(c)(3).   The Health Adventure is a proud partner of Park Ridge Health.  Open Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 8 pm and on Sundays from 12:30-6 pm.  For more information visit thehealthadventure.org or call 828.665.2217.

Learn to Live “Healthier Ever After” At The Health Adventure

Monday, May 7th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Health Adventure is proud to announce the opening of its traveling exhibit, “Healthier Ever After” on Friday, May 11.   Developed by The Children’s Museum of Cleveland and fabricated by Benchmark Craftsmen, “Healthier Ever After ” is an interactive, immersive fairytale forest. Children maneuver through this make-believe forest overcoming obstacles as they exercise their bodies and learn healthy nutrition facts in a fun, playful manner. In doing so, everyone experiencing this exhibit will learn to live “healthier ever after.”

Imaginative components of this traveling exhibit include:

  • Stretching Station – Begin your journey by warming and stretching your muscles. Here children (and adults) can do jumping jacks, trunk twists, arm windmills, and more!
  • Move & Groove Meadow – Get your body moving by dancing, shaking, shimmying, jumping and skipping to high-energy tunes.
  • Crocodile Crossing – Children will test their balance as they cross an imaginary creek, all the while avoiding the crocs by walking on beams or hopping and jumping across stepping stones.
  • Pedal Pond – Strength and endurance are the focus of this component. Children will paddle a boat, cross a bridge, and when completed, can cast a line into the pond and try their hand at catching a fish.
  • Healthier Ever After Castle – While exploring the nearly 10-foot high, 2-story castle, children will get their hearts pumping as they climb stairs, jump over a bridge, go down a slide and raise a flag signaling their successful completion of all the castle challenges.
  • Goodness Grove – Between five and nine servings of fruits and vegetables are recommended every day. In this make-believe orchard, children can pick, choose and sort their favorites as they eat their way through the alphabet.

Additional components will teach children about how to eat a balanced meal, the food pyramid, the bodies need for water, and proper portion sizes.

The Health Adventure is proud to present this exhibit focusing on nutrition and wellness.  As a regional health and science museum for over 44 years, The Health Adventure believes traveling exhibits like “Healthier Ever After” bring important educational opportunities to western North Carolina for our families and children to experience without having to go to major cities elsewhere.

About The Health Adventure:

The Health Adventure is now located in the Biltmore Square Mall off of I-26 at Exit 33.  Providing our community with science and health education for over 44 years, The Health Adventure is an accredited museum and is a non-profit 501(c)(3).   The Health Adventure is a proud partner of Park Ridge Health.  Open Monday through Saturday from 10 am-8 pm and on Sundays from 12:30-6 pm.  Regular admission is free for children under 2; $6.50 for children 2-16; $7.50 for seniors and $9.50 for adults. Annual memberships are available at various levels beginning at $75 for the entire family for a year of free admission.  For more information visit thehealthadventure.org or call 828.665.2217.

Centenarian Celebration at The Health Adventure on May 15

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – In celebration of Older American’s Month, each year, the Area Agency on Aging at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council plans a party exclusively for centenarians from around the region. This year’s event, “Never Too Old to Play,” will take place at The Health Adventure, which recently joined the Park Ridge Health family. “Not everyone is aware of the many community programs we offer – and they’re not just for kids!” explained Paige Wheeler, Executive Director of The Health Adventure. “Our educators work closely with the Land-of-Sky Regional Council all year in providing programming for the senior members of our community, so we felt this year’s event was a perfect fit for us.”

The party – which includes High Tea – will take place on Tuesday, May 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Health Adventure, located in the Biltmore Square Mall. “We value older adults as a resource in our community,” says Rebecca Chaplin, Aging Program Specialist at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council Area Agency on Aging. “Older American’s month is a perfect time to celebrate the distinguished few who have crossed the threshold of living for an entire century. It is our honor to participate in this celebration with partners at Park Ridge Health, the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc. and the Council on Aging for Henderson County.” For information about this event and regarding transportation opportunities, please call 828.251.7438.

About the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, Area Agency on Aging

Land-of-Sky Regional Council is a multi-county, local government planning and development organization in North Carolina.  It is one of 17 such organizations in the state and serves Region B, which includes the counties of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania. The Area Agency on Aging is situated within the Land-of-Sky Regional Council and serves as a leader and catalyst in helping our four-county region develop a comprehensive system of programs and opportunities that provide older adults the information and support needed to age optimally in the setting of their choice.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

Women’s Heart Health Event Offered by Park Ridge Wellness

Monday, January 16th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – It’s an underreported health crisis: More than 42 million women are currently living with heart disease, the leading cause of death in women. In fact, more women than men die of heart disease every year, according to The National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease. Park Ridge Wellness wants to invite you to learn more about this silent killer at the free presentation “Women’s Heart Health,” which will take place Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. at The Health Adventure, located in the Biltmore Square Mall – Exit 33 from I-26.

Park Ridge Wellness Coordinator, Julie Palmer, will share how your lifestyle may be putting you at risk for heart disease, and what to do to protect your health. Pre-registration for “Women’s Heart Health” is required by Tuesday, Jan. 31. To sign up, please call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

Park Ridge Pediatrician Offers Free Seminar on Challenging Behaviors

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Board-certified pediatrician and child behavior specialist Charlotte Riddle, M.D., of Park Ridge Pediatrics will present a free seminar “Touch Points: Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Children” on Monday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.  The presentation will take place at The Health Adventure’s new location in Biltmore Square Mall, located at Exit 33 on I-26.

A kid-friendly activity will take place during the adult presentation, supervised by Health Adventure staff, and kid-approved refreshments will be available for guests.

Though this event is free, pre-registration is required by January 18. To sign up and for more information, please call 855.PRH.LIFE (774.5433).

About Dr. Charlotte Riddle:  Dr. Charlotte Riddle joined Park Ridge Pediatrics in March 2010. She earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., and completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Va.  At Greenville Children’s Hospital, Dr. Riddle also pursued specialty training in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, which included treating children with special needs, such as Autism, ADHD and developmental delays. She is board-certified in Pediatrics. For more information and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Riddle, please call Park Ridge Pediatrics at 828.650.8032.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

Health Adventure Offers Tai Chi for Seniors

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – A group of Hendersonville-area seniors are moving their way to better health through a free class offered at the Edneyville Community Center.  Jenny Mercer, a health and science educator at The Health Adventure, has been teaching “Tai Chi for Arthritis” since November.

“This group is so dedicated,” Mercer said. “They practice on their own time, and they come every week. Their dedication is really evidenced by their improvement.”

Such improvements include better posture, improved flexibility and less pain. The Arthritis Foundation recommends Tai Chi as a “safe, easy to learn and suitable” exercise for arthritis sufferers. The gentle exercises involved in Tai Chi have been shown to reduce risk of falling in older adults, improve muscle strength, and help calm and focus the brain.

“Tai Chi for Arthritis” is taking place at the Edneyville Community Center on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. through January 6.

Ongoing classes for seniors offered by The Health Adventure include “Tai Chi Tuesdays,” “Fit Fridays” and “Mmm Good Mondays.” To find out more, please contact Jenny Mercer at 828.665.2217, ext. 325.

About The Health Adventure:

Since 1968, The Health Adventure has been an important part of the community and has provided much needed health and science education to children and families. The Health Adventure is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers.  For more information visit thehealthadventure.org, and visit them at their new location in The Biltmore Square Mall – I-26, Exit 33, in Asheville.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).