Health Resource Guide

Local Programs For Healthy Living

Interested in Losing Weight,

eating healthier, getting fit or managing your diabetes? Use the Health Resource Guide to find local programs that support a healthy weight. The directory lists programs by focus and location. Click here to view programs by program focus: diabetes, healthy eating, physical activity, weight management or youth. If one of the programs interests you, click the location link to find the address, phone number and website of the organization that offers that program. To view the list of organizations by location, click here.

EBCI Community Health Resource Directory – This directory includes local and regional resources and it covers many health and wellness topics, such as: health resources, prevention resources, parks and recreational resources, social resources, animal services, environmental resources, economic resources, educational resources, transportation resources, and cultural resources. Just start at the Table of Contents and follow the hyperlinks to your desired topic.

Learn more about Community Support Groups/Workshops/Meetings.

Family Resiliency Community Partners List: local programs that directly impact those in need of assistance-based services.

Other Resources

Find local farms to get fruits and vegetables that are locally grown.

Travel local trails to get fit and relieve stress.

Cherokee Choices/REACH

Ginger Lynn Welch   Complex
810 Acquoni Road
PO Box 666
Cherokee, NC 28719

Sheena Kanott
Program Manager
email

828-359-6782

Hours:
Monday – Friday
7:45 am – 4:30 pm

Programs

Download a printable list of these resources (pdf) Adults • Kids & Teens

To access the full Tribal Health Assessment – Health Resource Inventory (HRI), which lists all health and health related services on and off the Boundary click here.

Diabetes

  • Diabetes Care Clinic – Sylva (Jackson Cnty. Health Dept.)
    Program for uninsured patients with diabetes. Includes doctors visits a couple of times a month, labs and medications.
  • Diabetes Classes – Sylva (Jackson Cnty. Coop. Ext.)
    Jackson NC Cooperative Extension works with the health department to provide a diabetes education program. Also offers periodic diabetes nutrition classes, such as Dining with Diabetes and Diabetes Plate.
  • Diabetes Education – Robbinsville (Graham Cnty. Health Dept.)
    One-on-one counseling provided for a fee. Program recognized by the ADA, so cost may be covered by insurance.
  • Diabetes Classes – Cherokee (Cherokee Indian Hospital)
    With a physician’s referral, a patient can participate in one of two diabetes programs offered AT the hospital: Diabetes MNT or Diabetes IPC.
  • Kitchen Creations – Cherokee (Diabetes Program)
    Series of free cooking classes is designed to guide you towards a healthy eating lifestyle.
  • Life Savor’s: Savoring the Sweet Life – Sylva (Jackson Cnty. Health Dept.)
    This is a diabetes self-management education program.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) – Cherokee (Diabetes Program) Sylva (Jackson Cnty. Health Dept.) With a physician’s referral, a patient can receive MNT for conditions such as Hyperlipidemia, Obesity, Diabetes, Renal Disease and Malnutrition.
  • Thriving with Diabetes – Cherokee (Diabetes Program)
    This diabetes self-management course teaches you to get fit and feel better while having fun and meeting new friends.

Healthy Eating

  • Cook Smart, Eat Smart / Cooperative Extensive Service Offices – Murphy, RobbinsvilleSylva Healthy cooking classes offered to teens and adults.
  • EFNEP for Adults – Bryson City (Swain Cnty. Coop. Ext.)
    The goal of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is to provide educational opportunities that will improve the nutritional quality of a family’s diet and ensure its full use of available resources.
  • Employee Wellness Program – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices/Wellness Program)
    Open to all tribal employees.
  • Good Cook Series – Sylva (Jackson Cnty. Coop. Ext.)
    Year-long program features good cooks in the county and inspires people to get back in the kitchen.
  • Kitchen Creations – Cherokee (Diabetes Program)
    Series of free cooking classes is designed to guide you towards a healthy eating lifestyle.
  • Market Voucher Program – Bryson City
    Program open to clients of the Bryson City Food Pantry. Clients can use vouchers as payment for produce at Swain County Farmers Market.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) – Cherokee (Diabetes Program) Sylva (Jackson Cnty. Health Dept.) With a physician’s referral, a patient can receive MNT for conditions such as Hyperlipidemia, Obesity, Diabetes, Renal Disease and Malnutrition.
  • Nutrition Education Programs / Cooperative Extension Service Offices – Cherokee, Sylva
    A variety of nutrition education programs are offered based on community needs.
  • School Employee Health Program – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    Focuses on increasing access and creating a supportive environment for behavior change. School employees can take fun exercise classes at school.
  • WIC / County Health Departments – Bryson CityRobbinsvilleSylva & Cherokee (EBCI-WIC)
    Women’s, Infants and Children (WIC) is a supplemental food program for women, infants and children. You may be eligible if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a child less than 5 years of age.

Physical Activity

  • Birdtown Walking Club – Cherokee
    Come join other Birdtown community members to get some steps.
  • Cherokee Runners – Cherokee
    Runners of any fitness level and age can join the club for a low cost.
  • Curves – Sylva
    An exercise program just for women. The system provides a complete cardio and strength training workout in 30 minutes. Monthly membership is $44, but discount packages are available.
  • Employee Walking Club – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices/Wellness Program)
    Find support in increasing your physical activity level while having fun and earning prizes. Open to all tribal employees.
  • Fitness Challenge – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    Ten week program free and open to all ages.
  • Fitness Programs – Bryson City (Swain Cnty. Rec. Dept.)
    Year ’round programs for adults and youths and includes outdoor areas as well as an indoor recreation facility.
  • Fitness Programs – Cullowhee (Jackson Cnty. Rec. Dept.)
    Offers over 20 different fitness classes. Monthly memberships or daily admission available for a low cost.
  • Group Fitness Classes – Bryson City (Bryson City Health & Fitness)
    Classes such as beginning aerobics, step aerobics and lunch-time cardio are taught by trained instructors. A day pass costs $5 and several plans are available.
  • Martial Arts – Sylva (Martial Arts Today)
    Tai Chi, Karate and Kung Fu classes are open to all ages.
  • Mixed Martial Arts – Cherokee (Birdtown Gym)
    Free to anyone wishing to learn and open to both males and females, these classes combine fighter training with a cardio workout. Classes are offered 5-7 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • School Employee Health Program – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    Focuses on increasing access and creating a supportive environment for behavior change. School employees can take fun exercise classes at school.
  • Sport, Fitness and Recreation Programs – Cherokee (Life Center)
    Programs in Sports, Fitness and Recreation develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills.
  • Yoga Classes – Bryson City (Be Free Yoga)
    Classes offered include Gentle/Beginner Yoga, Morning Flow Yoga and All Levels Yoga Body Burn. Rates are reasonable: drop in rate $10, 5-class pass $45, 10-class pass $80.
  • Yoga Classes – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    Free yoga classes offered Monday 5:00 pm & Tuesdays and Wednesdays at noon. Classes are 45 minutes long with a 15 minute Living Your Yoga activity following (optional).
  • Yoga Classes – Sylva (Sylva Yoga)
    Beginning Yoga, All Levels Yoga and Meditation classes are offered. First class is free for locals.
  • Zumba – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    Latin dance aerobic video series.

Weight Management

  • Community Native Lifestyle Balance – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    A Community Challenge to reduce the risk for diabetes by losing weight and increasing physical activity. Classes are interactive and open to all (age 8 and older). Coming January 2011.
  • Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less / Cooperative Extensive Service Offices Bryson CityMurphyRobbinsvilleSylva
    Weight management program for all ages uses strategies proven to work.
  • Employee Wellness Program – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices/Wellness)
    Open to all tribal employees.
  • Fire & Rescue Wellness Program – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    Health assessments are given quarterly and health education is provided by request to the Cherokee Fire & Rescue Team.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) – Cherokee (Diabetes Program) Sylva (Jackson Cnty. Health Dept.) With a physician’s referral, a patient can receive MNT for conditions such as Hyperlipidemia, Obesity, Diabetes, Renal Disease and Malnutrition.
  • School Employee Wellness Program – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    Focuses on increasing access and creating a supportive environment for behavior change. School employees can take fun exercise classes at school.
  • Turning Point Program – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    A free 12-week program. Families can learn to eat healthier and increase physical activity. Requirements: ages 8-12, overweight and 2 or more risk factors for diabetes, and full participation in program by child and parent (or caregiver).
  • Walking & Running Club – Robbinsville (Snowbird Clinic)
    All levels welcome, age 12 and over. Working towards completing a 5K in the fall.
  • Weight Management Classes – Cherokee (Cherokee Indian Hospital)
    With a physician’s referral, a patient can participate in this program, which includes individual counseling and a group session on the last Tuesday of each month.
  • Weight Watchers – Bryson City (First Baptist Church)
    Weight loss program for a fee that uses a points system to help you make healthy choices. Group support meetings are 6pm on Thursdays at this location.

Youth Programs

  • After-School Program – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    Enhances the team-work, cultural awareness and physical health of students at Cherokee Central Schools.
  • Be Active Kids – Robbinsville (Graham Cnty. Coop. Ext.)
    Trains teenagers to be advocates for physical activity.
  • Cherokee Runners – Cherokee
    Runners of any fitness level and age can join the club for a low cost.
  • Color Me Healthy – Robbinsville (Graham Cnty. Coop. Ext.)
    Trains teenagers to be advocates for healthy eating.
  • Community Native Lifestyle Balance – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    A Community Challenge to reduce the risk for diabetes by losing weight and increasing physical activity. Classes are interactive and open to all (age and older). Coming January 2011.
  • Cook Smart, Eat Smart / Cooperative Extensive Service Offices – Murphy, RobbinsvilleSylva
    Healthy cooking classes offered to teens and adults.
  • EFNEP 4-H – Bryson City (Swain Cnty. Coop. Ext.)
    The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program’s 4-H component (4-H EFNEP) teaches MyPyramid concepts to youth in groups.
  • Fitness Programs – Bryson City (Swain Cnty. Rec. Dept.)
    Year ’round programs for Adults and Youths and includes outdoor areas as well as an indoor recreation facility.
  • Girls on the Run – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    Encourages preteen girls to develop self esteem through running.
  • Health and Life Skills Programs – Cherokee (Cherokee Youth Center)
    Programs in Health and Life Skills develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
  • Health Rocks – Murphy (Cherokee Cnty. Coop. Ext.)
    Teaches 4th and 5th graders about nutrition and physical activity.
  • Jus Boyz Running Club – Bryson City
    School-age boys run for an hour on Wednesdays for six weeks during the school year. Boys enjoy running in the woods with older male running buddies and running in several 5k races.
  • Martial Arts – Sylva (Martial Arts Today)
    Tai Chi, Karate and Kung Fu classes are open to all ages.
  • Nutrition Education Programs / Cooperative Extension Service Offices – Cherokee, Sylva
    A variety of nutrition education programs are offered based on community needs. Interested in a class for youth or adults? Contact the Cooperative Extension for more information.
  • Ranger Guided Programs – Cherokee (Great Smoky Mtns. Natl. Park)
    Ranger guided programs take kids and adults out on the trails. Programs are offered spring through fall in the park and most are free.
  • Sports, Fitness and Recreation Programs – Cherokee (Life Center)
    Programs in Sports, Fitness and Recreation develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills.
  • Turning Point Program – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    A free 12-week program. Families can learn to eat healthier and increase physical activity. Requirements: ages 8-12, overweight and 2 or more risk factors for diabetes, and full participation in program by child and parent (or caregiver).
  • Walk and Talk – Cherokee (Cherokee Choices)
    Get exercise while talking about nutrition, fitness, mental health and much more. Offered twice per week for 6th graders.
  • Walking & Running Club – Robbinsville (Snowbird Clinic)
    All levels welcome, age 12 & over. Working towards completing a 5k in the fall.
  • West Elementary School Walk and Talk – Bryson City
    Before school (7:30-8:00 am) 4th & 5th graders can come to the gym to walk to music and talk with their friends.
  • Youth Fun Fitness Program – Cherokee (Life Center)
    This wellness program is open to youth ages 5-15 and includes physical activity, nutrition information, snacks and opportunities for family involvement.

Cherokee Indian Reservation

Birdtown Gym
828-736-2806

Birdtown Walking Club
Birdtown Track
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-1971

Cherokee Choices
Ginger Lynn Welch Complex
810 Acquoni Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-1975
website

Cherokee Indian Hospital
1 Hospital Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-9163

Cherokee Life Center
Ginger Lynn Welch Complex
806 Acquoni Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-1967

Cherokee Runners
Cherokee, NC 28719
website

Cherokee Youth Center
1570 Acquoni Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-3119
website

Diabetes Program
Ginger Lynn Welch Complex
806 Acquoni Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-1991
website

EBCI NC Cooperative Extension
876 Acquoni Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-554-6931
website

Employee Wellness Program
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-554-6815

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Oconaluftee Visitor Center
150 Highway 441 North
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-1904
website

WIC
73 Kaiser Wilnoty Drive
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-7297
website

Cherokee County

Cherokee NC Cooperative Extension
39 Peachtree Street, Suite 103
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-2917
website

Graham County

Graham County Health Department
21 South Main Street
Robbinsville, NC 28771
828-479-7900
website

Graham NC Cooperative Extension
39 S Main Street
Smith Howell Building
Robbinsville, NC 28771
828-479-7900
website

Snowbird Clinic
96 Snowbird School Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771
828-479-3924

Jackson County

Jackson County Health Department
538 Scotts Creek Road, Suie 100
Sylva, NC 28779
828-586-8994
website

Jackson County Recreation/Parks Department
88 Cullowhee Mountain Road
Cullowhee, NC 28723
website

Jackson NC Cooperative Extension
538 Scotts Creek Road, Suite 205
Sylva, NC 28779
828-586-4009
website

Sylva Yoga
612 West Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779
828-506-8909
website

Swain County

Bryson City Health and Fitness Club
35 Rector Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-4800

Jus Boyz Running Club
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-736-2617

Swain County Farmers Market
Island Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-497-1973
website

Swain County Health Department
545 Center Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-3198
website

Swain County Recreation Department
30 Rec Park Drive
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-6159
website

Swain NC Cooperative Extension
60 Almond School Road
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-3848
website

Weight Watchers
First Baptist Church
37 Church Avenue
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-2679
website

West Elementary School
4142 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-2119
website

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