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Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber plans healthcare showcase

Attendees of past Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber healthcare showcases browse various exhibitors. Attendees have the opportunity to have free screenings and find answers to some of their health-related questions. Courtesy of the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce.
Attendees of past Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber healthcare showcases browse various exhibitors. Attendees have the opportunity to have free screenings and find answers to some of their health-related questions. Courtesy of the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce.

The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will host its Live the Good Life Healthcare Showcase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 at Mooresville’s Charles Mack Citizen Center.

The event, in its fifth year, encourages the public to get acquainted with the variety of healthcare options available in the community. It is free to attend.

“The public should know their healthcare options and what they could do to overall improve on their own lifestyles,” said Bonnie Christopher, special events coordinator for the chamber.

“Awareness of all the options that they have can help them choose a new and maybe better doctor, and maybe receive a better second opinion. The general public should never feel pressured … and look for second opinions if they are not happy with results from their regular doctor.”

Sixty local exhibitors will participate in the showcase, ranging from hospitals and hospices to specialists such as chiropractors, therapists and eye, ear, nose and throat physicians. Exhibitors also will include some alternative and preventative medicine professionals, such as hypnotherapists.

All of the available exhibitor slots are filled. Christopher said she plans to start a waiting list for other providers that would like to participate in future years.

Some vendors will provide free screenings, such as fpr cholesterol and body mass index (BMI). Door prizes and goodie bags will also be given out.

“This is a good way for the general public to learn their own healthcare options and be able to talk to vendors about these options,” she said. “The goal of this event is to provide a platform for local institutions to interact with the public and with other colleagues.”

Offering a healthcare showcase to the public fits with the MSI Chamber’s vision statement, which includes dedication to “quality of life throughout the greater Mooresville-South Iredell area.”

Organizers plan a “healthy selfie” display at the showcase. They invite locals to send pictures of themselves participating in healthy activities to info@mooresvillenc.org or to share photos on Instagram with the tag #msihealthyselfie15. Healthy selfies must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. March 10.

The idea of healthy selfies and the upcoming healthcare showcase are part of a growing dialogue and availability of health options in the South Iredell area. Television host and surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz’s appearance in Mooresville in October 2014 also sparked local interest in healthy living. Oz visited Mooresville High School, participated in a community walk and appeared at a free dental clinic, health fair and dinner at Trump National Golf Club to raise funds for Mooresville’s Healthreach Community Clinic.

“I believe that the Dr. Oz appearance piqued the interest for more attendees to attend the healthcare expo,” said Christopher.

Marjorie Dana is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marjorie? Email her at marjorie.dana@yahoo.com.

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For information on the Live the Good Life Healthcare Showcase or the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, email info@mooresvillenc.org or call 704-664-3898.

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