Chamber aims for Health and Wellness
by Matt Shinall
Mar 14, 2011 | 1600 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As NCAA March Madness approaches, the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce tags along for the excitement of Health Madness, the 2011 Health and Wellness Showcase.

Tuesday, exhibitors will fill the Clarence Brown Conference Center with interactive and informative displays promoting a healthier lifestyle whether that be in physical well-being or a variety of other arenas.

"A healthy community is a happy and productive community and in today's world there's so many aspects of health and wellness from your mental state to your recreational activities, to your exercises and your health programs," said Joe Frank Harris, Jr., chamber president and CEO. "As a chamber we all just thought it was a great idea to come together to support the medical community and help support all avenues that would be of an interest to the community."

Attractions at this year's health and wellness showcase include free health screenings from event sponsors including Communit-Y Health Network, Cartersville Medical Center, Harbin Clinic and Floyd Medical Center. Services offered by these providers will include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index checks.

"Anytime we can get businesses together to serve others, it just helps everybody, and some of this will generate commerce but the purpose is just businesses serving the community because these people are giving of their time to coach people how to live better lifestyles," Harris said.

Stepping outside the strict realm of health care, other exhibitors on site will include those involved with financial planning and others with mental health. Staying in line with community health and well-being, the health and wellness committee extended invitations to public safety officials with Bartow County and the city of Cartersville.

Representing public safety departments and providing education for children and adults will be local fire and police units along with service vehicles. A fire truck, patrol car and ambulance will be on exhibit in front of the conference center along with the Fire Safety House.

Events also will be scheduled throughout the showcase including a healthy recipe demonstration from Weight Watchers and a Tai Chi Class taught by Steps of Faith Dance Studio.

"Being on the health and wellness committee has been an exciting experience to see the different types of businesses come together to make our community more aware of the importance of good health. We have so many wonderful businesses in Bartow to help our community stay well and fit," stated Louise Parrott of Floyd Home Health in a press release.

Festivities will begin Tuesday at 2 p.m. with a nutrition seminar hosted by Communit-Y Health Network open to the public. Following the seminar, business owners and employees are encouraged to take part in business-to-business networking from 3 to 5 p.m.; only a business card is required for entry.

The general public will be admitted from 5 to 7 p.m. and are asked to pay $2 for admission or to offer a donation of two non-perishable food items, to be donated to a local food bank.

For information on the event contact Leslie McMillan at 770-382-1466.