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Health events around the Charlotte area

Thursday

Aging well: Oral health

The Ivey memory wellness center will host “Aging Well: A healthy mouth can reduce major health concerns” 2-4 p.m. and again at 6-8 p.m. Thursday, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte. Rick Joubert, of Morrocroft Family Dentistry, has training in geriatric dentistry. He will speak about how good oral health is key to preventing disease in seniors. For caregivers, care is available for loved ones during the presentation with advance notice. Pre-registration requested: 704-909-2070.

Genes, brain and ethics

Davidson College will host the free discussion of “Genes and the brain: ethical issues at the nexus of genomics and neuroscience” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Hance Auditorium of Chambers Building, Davidson College, Davidson. Dr. Judy Illes, professor of neurology and Canada Research Chair in neuroethics at the University of British Columbia, will deliver the presentation. Details: 704-894-2122.

Saturday

Learn about heart health

Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute at CMC-Pineville will host its free “Heart Matters” event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the CMC-Pineville Conference Center, 10650 Park Road. It will focus on heart disease prevention, education, symptoms and awareness and offer break-out sessions on topics such as risk factors, exercise and fitness for heart health and healthy cooking alternatives.

Complimentary health screenings and a light lunch will be provided. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. or in advance: 704-667-6507, carolinashealthcare.org/sanger-heart.

‘Contagion’ movie plus panel

Part of the 2014 N.C. Science Festival, this four-event film series will begin with a free screening of “Contagion” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Center City Building Auditorium. Discussion following the medical thriller will be led by a panel of authorities that includes professor of science education Ian Binns, Observer health reporter Karen Garloch and Daniel Janies, a real-life epidemic tracker and professor of bioinformatics. For a full schedule of events and details: ncsciencefestival.uncc.edu.

April 2

National Walking Day

In recognition of National Walking Day on the first Wednesday in April, The American Heart Association will host a brief walk at noon around Romare Bearden Park and the new BB&T Ballpark. Uptown workers are asked to meet at the corner of Third and Church for a 20-minute walk during the lunch hour. The AHA recommends 150 minutes of physical activity a week for adults and 60 minutes a day for children. Details: heart.org/nationalwalking day.

Hilary Trenda

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