Dr. Oz to appear in Mooresville Oct. 9

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a surgeon with the popular “The Dr. Oz Show” , will appear at a day-long series of events in Mooresville Oct. 9 to raise money and awareness for the more than 120 free medical and dental clinics in the Carolinas.

Oz is also vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University in New York.

He agreed to make his third appearance in Mooresville over the years after Mooresville-based HealthReach Community Clinic got a national sponsor for the event in Walgreens.

The free medical clinic serves Iredell County residents who lack health care insurance and whose only other option is to seek care at a hospital emergency room. Like other free clinics, HealthReach relies entirely on community donations to fund its budget.

The Oct. 9 series of events is called “Harmony in Health: Uniting Mind, Body and Soul.

Oz will appear on stage at 10 a.m. at Merinos Home Furnishings to kick off a free mile-long community walk to the Charles Mack Citizen Center at 215 N. Main St. The Merinos side parking lot where everyone will gather is at College and Church streets. No registration is required to join the walk.

At Merinos, Mayor Miles Atkins will proclaim Oct. 9 as “Dr Oz Day” and present Oz a NASCAR jacket with an autograph from his favorite driver, Danica Patrick

A health fair from 8 a.m. to noon at the Citizen Center will showcase national and local health-related businesses and provide free health screenings, including pre-diabetes, blood pressure, body-mass index and other checks. A mammography bus will be there as well.

Tickets, meanwhile, are available for a black tie formal that night featuring Oz at Trump National Golf Club, Charlotte, on Brawley School Road at Lake Norman. The event will include dinner, dancing and a presentation by Oz and Christy Mack on “Unmasking the Mystery of Healthcare.”

Christy Mack and her husband, John Mack, are longtime friends of Oz. John Mack is a Mooresville native who is a senior adviser and former CEO and chairman of the board at N.Y.-based Morgan Stanley.

Also Thursday, students from the Mooresville and Iredell-Statesville systems will quiz Oz on health-related issues from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at a private gathering sponsored by the Mooresville Graded School District. Oz will examine HealthReach patients in the afternoon

Details on Oz’s visit: harmonyinhealth.org.