Health

Dance floor too hot for the flu

By Aaron Faison

March 29, 2018

  With the flu season still upon us, and many people getting sick, you wouldn’t think there would be time for a dance? But Keith DosReis Jr. and the Durham Parks and Recreation staff were confident that people would show up for the second annual Mothers & Sons Dance at the Holton Center. At 6 […]

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Durham’s new trail will add color and connect communities

By Tessa Platek

February 28, 2018

In busy urban areas, sometimes there’s nothing better than escaping the city to enjoy nature. An addition to the West Ellerbee Creek Trail is making it easier to do for more of Durham’s residents. “It’s going to connect people to parts of Durham they haven’t seen before,” said Jessica Kemp, Durham senior project manager in […]

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Durham’s Ronald McDonald House: A house of blessings

By Julian Keeler

December 6, 2017

  In 1973, when Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill learned about his daughter’s leukemia diagnosis, he and his wife noticed the inconveniences parents had to go through to support their sick child while in the hospital. They teamed up with a local McDonalds to purchase and restore a house near the hospital where these […]

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Dental Bus visits Riverside High

By Nile Foxx

November 26, 2017

The sound of dental drills rang through the hallways of Riverside High School on Nov. 15. A mobile dentist office visited the school to provide dental care to about 50 students in need. “I never knew how much need there was until I started this job,” said Melody Daniels, team leader and Registered Dental Hygienist. […]

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Durham Tech aims to ‘close the gap’ in community healthcare

By Allison Tate

How many of the students here are in this for the money, asks instructor Erica Hall. No hands rise. Hall looks out at the class, about a dozen faces, and tells them that what they’re learning to do won’t be about the fame either. Becoming a community health worker is all about helping your neighbors […]

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Children of Durham at high risk for lead poisoning

By David Fee

November 8, 2017

Lead poisoning in children poses a serious risk to children in Durham, and late last month, PEACH hosted a town hall-style meeting and dinner to talk with community members about their concerns with such hazards. “We wanted to give you some information about lead poisoning,” said La Verne Reid, the host of the event. “But […]

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Black Men Run meets new faces weekly

By Autavius Smith and Carl Smith

October 26, 2017

Casual joggers and athletes may get up in the morning to run for all intended obvious health benefits; lose weight, improve self-esteem, and prevent disease. But for North Carolina State University Economics professor Jason Coupet and a few of Durham’s running clubs, exercise is just part of the health equation for an advantageous lifestyle. A […]

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Inside Outside Alliance demands change at Durham County Correctional Facility

By Sarah Cline

October 18, 2017

The conditions at the Durham County Correctional Facility need to change, according to the Inside Outside Alliance. And they’re doing everything in their power to make it happen. As part of ongoing protests for prison reforms at the correctional facility, protesters gathered outside of the jail last Friday to voice their grievances with the treatment […]

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Collective Wellness offers classes to support health journey

By Tiayana Ford

October 4, 2017

  On a recent Wednesday, a small group of women took a break from the demands of the outside world to focus on themselves at Collective Wellness in Durham. The free Wednesday workshop, this particular week, focused on reflecting on individual values, beliefs and language to live one’s best life. Each week there is a […]

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Durham Parks and Rec hosts free farmers’ market

By Chrissy Murphy

  On a sunny Thursday morning, Clarice Page walked down the hallway of the second floor of the Holton Career and Resource Center, home to Durham Parks and Recreation. Page was one of many Durham residents walking down the hallway that morning headed for Parks and Recreation’s farmers’ market event for seniors over the age […]

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PEACH warns about dangers of lead poisoning

By David Fee

In an earlier version of this story, the VOICE stated incorrectly that PEACH had 300 contractors trained. The correct number of contractors trained by PEACH is 700. The story also incorrectly stated that PEACH was responsible for removing lead hazards in more than 200 buildings; rather it has been responsible for identifying more than 200 […]

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Mature adults find fun and companionship at Durham centers

By Daija Graves

September 21, 2017

  Durham is known for being a vibrant, active community and that holds true for its mature citizens as well as its younger ones. The Durham Center for Senior Life and CAARE, Inc. meet the needs of the community in different ways. The Durham Center for Senior Life was founded in 1949 to enhance the […]

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SEEDlings nurturing the next generation

By Vanessa Luo

September 20, 2017

How did the meal start? Where did it come from? For many, these are not questions that would cross people’s minds before a meal. But it’s the norm for the children at SEEDlings. In front of them are scrambled eggs and fried rice with eggplant, topped with mint, basil and marigold. The children helped cook […]

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TRY: Out to overcome overdose

By Allison Tate

  Gerald Elliott’s first solo trip as a young law enforcement officer left an impression. It was 1987, and he was to deliver a death notice to a family that had lost their 21-year-old son to drug overdose. Elliott was twenty-one, too. Thirty years later, Elliott and his family found themselves on the receiving end […]

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New generation revitalizes Angier Avenue Neighborhood Farm

By Camari Jones

September 19, 2017

  There’s a new generation among Northeast Central Durham trying to make their community brighter and healthier through gardening. Angier Avenue Neighborhood Farm is a community farm located on the corner of Maple Street and Angier Avenue. It was started by Bountiful Backyards, a Durham-based edible landscaping business in 2012 when they raised money through […]

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Kicking discipline with youth

By Nafisa Shah

May 3, 2017

  “I will make a way out of no way.” Master Derrick Richardson, 9th Dan (9th degree) black belt, has youth in his martial arts class say this often. Richardson, 55, has been teaching kids for about three years through an organization called Champions in Motion. He has appeared in international competitions, magazines like Black […]

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ACRA helps Durham community members living with HIV and AIDS

By Mckenna Lea

April 19, 2017

After 30 years of service in the Durham community, the AIDS Community Residence Association (ACRA) has helped many individuals and their families live with HIV and AIDS. Located in South Durham, ACRA Durham provides education and innovative housing for their residents. ACRA currently has two “scattered site” housing facilities which allows residents to live more […]

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Musical duo Meek Noise brings joy to senior center

By Avery Rodriguez

  For almost six years, Durham residents and close friends Noah Goyette, 40, and Sloan Meek, 29, have entertained seniors at the Durham Center for Senior Life. Meek and Goyette arrive every Tuesday and Friday at noon to play a variety of instruments for onlookers. “Noah jokes that we’ve outlasted three center directors and seen […]

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Creek Week keeps Durham beautiful

By Elise Clouser

April 5, 2017

  On a warm weekday morning in late March, while most Durham residents are at work or school, a group of about ten volunteers don bright green vests, sturdy gloves and old sneakers for a Creek Week cleanup event. They carry giant trash bags and begin making their way along the winding creek, picking up […]

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Commentary: My Ride with Meals on Wheels

By Molly Smith

The second I set foot inside Meals on Wheels of Durham, I was immediately greeted with an air filled by the smell of sizzling hamburgers, the sound of animated chit-chat and the sight of dozens of smiling faces. After hearing about President Trump’s proposed budget cuts that endanger thousands of local Meals on Wheels agencies […]

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DCSL: keeping the older adults healthy and active

By Diamond Gwynn

March 31, 2017

  Durham Center for Senior Life, founded in 1949, is a happy, safe place for community senior citizens. DCSL has four different centers, one being in the heart of downtown Durham. Each facility offers a wide selection of programs and services for older adults. Their motto is “enhancing the lives of older adults through education, […]

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Children learn, grow in SEEDS

By Rashaan Ayesh

March 1, 2017

  The school bus driver drops the kids off at the entrance of the garden. Kareemah Abdusamad rushes out of the building on 706 Gilbert St. to greet all of the children who are running down the dirt pathway. Abdusamad welcomes each child and asks about their day. She notices that 10-year-old Adrian Platt has a hole […]

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Wytha Balance Yoga provides classes for all

By Diamond Gwynn

February 22, 2017

  About five years ago Ingrid Saddler-Walker, a certified yoga instructor, spoke with a Durham VOICE reporter about her passion for yoga and her new children’s yoga camp. Since then, Walker has opened up her own yoga studio, Wytha Balance, and has continued to teach yoga in the community. “I wanted to have a location […]

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SEEDS After School: Children learn math, science and art through gardening

By L'erin Jensen and Rob Gourley

November 9, 2016

South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces (SEEDS) has been teaching gardening to the Durham community since 1994, but, here lately it is the after-school program that has become the focus of the organization’s work. According to Program Manager Leslie Simonds, the after-school program spun out of the community gardening program at SEEDS. Gardeners would bring […]

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Commentary: The view from the inside

By Christian Phillips

October 5, 2016

  In 1985, a group of seven men and women formed what was then known as the National Senior Olympics Organization. After joining up with other groups who were already conducting games for seniors, the first National Senior Olympic Games were held in 1987. The inaugural games were well received with 2,500 competitors. The number […]

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Swapping food for community engagement

By Tanner Boggs

April 20, 2016

  Bull City Food Swap, organized by Erin Urquhart, is set to make its debut at Fullsteam Brewery on May 9. This will be the first such event to take place in the Triangle area. Urquhart first came up with the idea of holding food swap events when living in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Inspired by […]

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Neighborhood Improvement Services brings the city together

By Dominick Askew

March 25, 2016

  The City of Durham Department of Neighborhood Improvement Services, located at 101 City Hall Plaza, has five divisions to help keep the city regulated. The five divisions consist of code enforcement, community engagement, Impact team, human relations, and administration. Assistant Director of Neighborhood Improvement Services, Vonzennia Gore, says she thinks of NIS “as being […]

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The School of Hard Knocks rocks

By Ebony Sain

February 11, 2016

  It was a cold, rainy night when David Johnson wandered into The School of Hard Knocks. Twenty-eight-year old Johnson is a Durham resident currently staying at the Durham Rescue Mission. “I was just wandering by when I seen the lights on,” Johnson said, “It’s my first time here, but I’ll be back.” He spent […]

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Durham senior center as vital as ever

By Travis Butler

February 3, 2016

Since 1949, the Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL) has served the elderly community of Durham. Though it has seen its name changed twice over the years, DCSL has never given up on enhancing the lives of seniors in the community, according to Liz Lahti, director of senior programs at DCSL. DCSL is an independent […]

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Sunrise Recovery helps people find brighter days

By Eric O'Neal

October 1, 2015

On East Geer Street, a relatively new, flashy yellow two-story building stands out from the rest of the block. The color seems symbolic of the organization housed there. Sunrise Recovery Resources Center, a peer-led organization helps substance abusers turn their lives around. SRRC is a non-clinical organization and branch of the Alcoholic Drug Council. They […]

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Three partnering programs do their part in beating hunger

By Rowland Givens

September 18, 2015

Many families around Durham don’t have a lot of money to spend on food. In fact, the latest reports show that 1-in-4 children and 1-in-5 residents worry about where their next meal may be coming from. The Farmer Food Share program, Porch, and the Food Shuttle work in tandem to help families get fresh, nutritious […]

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Workshop teaches dance and healthy living

By Timothy Williams

April 15, 2015

  Living healthy, eating right and checking your blood pressure is the focus of high-energy dance classes every week at W.D. Hill Recreation Center. The classes are part of a free workshop organized by the African-American Dance Ensemble every Wednesday evening. The workshop offers free weight checks and blood pressure monitoring, as well as breathing […]

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Zumbathon fundraiser benefits Boys and Girls Club

By Amber Younger

March 4, 2015

“Are we going to have a good time?” repeated Paul Lewis, rallying the group of 40 who had gathered in the gym. The crowd cheered, louder this time, bouncing to shake off the cold and gear up for a Saturday afternoon of Zumba. The first Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Zumbathon was off to […]

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DurhamCares raises support for senior care

By Amber Younger

February 18, 2015

  Every Tuesday and Friday, Anne Aitchison pulls up to Meals on Wheels Durham, loads up her white hatchback Volkswagen with warm meals, a stack of Herald-Sun newspapers and an occasional can of pet food. Then she heads out on her route. “Good morning, Ms. Moser!” calls Aitchison, clutching a bag of food and a […]

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Durham Divas prove you are never too old to play

By Robert Berges

November 12, 2014

Durham Senior Divas cheerleading squad is out to get you moving, and thinking positive. The mantra of the seven-time North Carolina Senior Games gold medalists is simple: “You don’t stop playing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop playing,” But what keeps the Divas playing is that they have so much fun […]

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Residents unite to complete a marathon, one mile at a time

By Caitlin Ball

October 20, 2014

In the next 42 days, many East Durham residents will complete 26 miles of walking in partnership with a program run by the East Durham Children’s Initiative called the East Durham Trail Blazers. The group will walk a 1-mile loop around the Holton Career and Resource Center twice a week for the next six weeks. […]

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The Durham Farmers’ Market: a unique way to help those in need

By Andrew Forrest

  At first glance, the Durham Farmers’ Market looks just like any other farmers’ market. But beyond the rosy red tomatoes, creamy goat cheese and green peppers lies something more. The Durham Farmers’ Market, located at 501 Foster St., accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP), more commonly known as EBT or food stamps. Less […]

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TROSA Graduates Put Doubts in the Past

By Jock Lauterer

May 16, 2014

The newest group of TROSA graduates will cross the stage Sunday, May 18, having overcome substance addiction – and the doubts of those who thought they would never make it. Some have struggled with addiction for many years. Some have faced criminal charges, joblessness and estrangement from their families. One graduate-to-be, Tanya Parks of Bryson […]

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Women’s Empowerment Conference brings artists and comedy to Durham

By Myava Mitchell

April 16, 2014

An annual religious women’s empowerment conference in Durham will reach out to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people April 24 – 26. The sixth annual We Are 1 Conference will showcase performers, guest speakers and workshops.  The conference will take place at the Marriot in the Research Triangle Park. It is organized by a non-profit […]

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Free workshops offer lessons in coping with chronic illness

By Brittney Cherry

April 8, 2014

March 20th ended six weeks of free workshops for people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes. The Wellness Workshops for Chronic Diseases and Illnesses tackled subjects such as nutrition, appropriate use of medications, and techniques to deal with fatigue, pain and isolation. The workshops are sponsored by Durham County’s Department of Public Health, and held […]

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Striders use track to better students and community

By Carlton Koonce

March 19, 2014

Without cheers or a gun crack, runners ready themselves. “Set. Go!” About 50 kids take off to run a lap around Southern High School’s track. It’s day one of the Durham Striders Youth Association outdoor season practice and on this mid-March evening, parents shiver in the bleachers, watching and listening to heavy breathing and the […]

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Veggie Van: on a mission to provide community with access to affordable produce.

By Alyssa Armstrong

March 16, 2014

  Want fresh, in season, and affordable produce that is locally grown? Look no further than the Veggie Van. The Veggie Van is a non-profit organization that delivers produce at different locations in Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Kate Floyd, program manager for the Veggie Van, said that the main goal of the organization is […]

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Coming in from the cold at the Durham Rescue Mission

By Zach Potter

When resident William Spencer left his friend’s house at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to catch the bus, he expected to be back at the Durham Rescue Mission’s Center for Hope in 30 minutes. He had no idea what the light snowfall would soon become. An hour later, when the bus still had not […]

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EDCI Zumba classes get Durham parents moving to new rhythms

By Wendy Lu

October 21, 2013

For one hour each week, parents in East Durham who struggle to find time to exercise don’t have to juggle parenting with working out. EDCI (East Durham Children’s Initiative) began a series of Zumba dance classes on Oct. 1 for parents whose families live in East Durham, but anyone based in the area is welcome […]

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Pastor’s ministry serves local streets

By Deidra M. Morris

April 19, 2013

Medicine and the Christian ministry might seem like an unlikely pair. The two usually hardly converge, but on occasion, one can see this phenomenon in the Durham community. People who are sick and need a prescription or medical assistance might call a nurse. But locally, if they are sick, and need medical assistance or simply […]

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TROSA: Making a difference in Durham since 1994

By Jock Lauterer

October 20, 2009

By Jamon Glover NCCU Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Whether you’ve lived in Durham your whole life or are a recent transplant, the influences of TROSA (Triangle Residential options for Substance Abusers) are hard to miss. Established in 1994 by Kevin McDonald, TROSA has been impacting the lives of people in 80 counties across […]

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TROSA: Each one, teach one

By Jock Lauterer

By Julian March UNC Staff Writer The Durham Voice thedurhamvoice@gmail.com In the main office of Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA), Robyn Duff comfortably handles paperwork on her desk and talks on the phone. She’s sharply dressed and has a ready smile. Someone has called with good news, and you can hear the excitement […]

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New Holton Wellness Clinic expects H1N1 vaccine soon

By Jock Lauterer

October 8, 2009

By Lisa Marie Albert UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE For the second time in one day, Raleigh resident Sam Alqadi, 39, visited the new Holton Wellness Center at 401 N. Driver St., located in the old Holton Middle School building. Earlier that day Alqadi brought his 7-year-old nephew to get treatment for flu-like symptoms. […]

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