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Asheville Yoga Center Chooses WNCAP as Charity of the Month
 
WNCAP is thrilled to announce that Asheville Yoga Center has chosen WNCAP as its Charity of the Month! Donations will be collected through February at their studio & boutique, and on Thursday, February 22, 10% of the Yoga Center's proceeds will be generously contributed to WNCAP.
 
In recent years, yoga has been increasingly utilized by people living with HIV/AIDS for its physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Yoga reduces stress, which is proven to have a negative impact on the body's immune system. Yoga can also improve a person's emotional state and outlook on life, critical factors in combating a chronic disease like HIV. 
 
Help us thank Asheville Yoga Center by checking out their fantastic selection of classes, especially in the month of February. Helping WNCAP has never felt so good!
Eat Out For a Good Cause
2018 Dining Out For Life Participating Restaurants Announced
 
 
On Thursday, April 26th, 2018, a hundred restaurants across Western North Carolina will participate in Dining Out For Life®. On that day, each of the participating restaurants will donate 20% of their gross sales to WNCAP, helping to advance our mission of preventing new cases of HIV and improving the quality of life for those already living with HIV/AIDS.
Check out the full list of Participating Restaurants here.
 
The dining establishments represent the full gamut of Western North Carolina cuisine, from burgers and pizza to fine French and gourmet Italian. They are also spread out across the whole region, from downtown Asheville to Sylva and Lake Lure. Be sure to thank our Participating Restaurants by dining there all year round, and especially on April 26th.
 
Is there a restaurant on this list that you’re particularly passionate about? Become an Ambassador! Invite your family and friends to your restaurant and spread the message of Dining Out For Life in a fun and lively environment. For more information, contact Chris at wncapvolunteer@wncap.org or (828) 252-7489 ext. 315.
Harm Reduction
Steady Collective Changes Hours, and "The Rubberman" Speaks
 
The Steady Collective, which distributes sterile syringes and life-saving naloxone on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Asheville, is changing its hours.
 
On Tuesdays, Steady will now operate from 10am-1pm at Haywood Street Congregation in Downtown Asheville. On that same day, they will be located at Firestorm Books and Coffee, in West Asheville, between 1:30pm-4pmOn Wednesdays, the Steady Collective will again distribute at Haywood Street Congregation, from 12pm-3pm.
 
The Needle Exchange Program of Asheville (NEPA), by WNCAP, does not distribute syringes on Tuesday or Wednesday. We are open 9am-5pm on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.
 
 
Speaking of harm reduction, check out the new column from "The Rubberman," AKA WNCAP Prevention Educator Michael Harney. Michael co-founded the Needle Exchange Program of Asheville in the mid nineties and is a passionate advocate for evidence based harm reduction strategies like syringe exchange. 
 
In his new column, The Rubberman writes about the upcoming International AIDS Conference, where topics like needle exchange and safe injection sites will be discussed by professionals from all over the globe.
Knowledge is Power
Testing Event on February 14
 
Valentine's Day is a perfect opportunity to practice some self-love. What better way than to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis?
 
On Wednesday, February 14th, WNCAP is partnering with the Buncombe County Health Department to offer a free day of Testing. The event will take place at Firestorm Books and Coffee in West Asheville between 9am-12pm.
 
Testing is free, fast, and confidential. Be strong, be smart - know your status!
Spirit of Community
Kenilworth Presbyterian Awards WNCAP $5,000 Grant
 
Kenilworth Presbyterian Church has generously awarded WNCAP with a $5,000 grant to support our partnership with Loving Food Resources in distributing nutritious food throughout Western North Carolina.
 
Last year, WNCAP donated over 25 tons of food and personal care items to our homebound clients. Volunteers and staff drive over 1,700 miles across 18 counties to deliver food to those in need. Because of this generous funding from Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, WNCAP will be able to afford the cost of transportation, staff time, and food. Thank you!
Save the Date
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is February 7
 
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is a commemorative day designed to promote HIV testing and treatment among Black people in the United States. NBHAAD was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities.
 
Rates of HIV/AIDS are disproportionately higher in the Black community compared to the general population. Structural inequality in the healthcare sector contributes to this disparity. NBHAAD leverages a national platform to help combat the stigma of HIV so that rates of new infections will decline and those living with HIV/AIDS can access treatment.
 
#NBHAAD
 
For Your Health
Sexual and Reproductive Health Day is February 12
 
Sexual and Reproductive Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health issues. Sexually transmitted infections continue to be a major public health concern, and this day is a chance to promote regular testing and prevention tools such as condoms.
 
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