MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. — An interactive exhibit opening this weekend in
Mount Holly helps to educate people on how to lead a healthier life and
prevent chronic diseases.
CaroMont Health started a program with their employees in 2011 to encourage
healthier . Now it’s spreading to the surrounding areas.
Cardiologist Dr. Mark Heckel says many patients he sees have heart problems
that stem from preventable health conditions.
“We see a lot of smoking, obesity are big problems and those are
behavioral things that people need to change,” said Heckel.
While family history plays a role in things like high cholesterol and high
blood pressure, he says life choices like smoking, poor diet and a lack
of exercise can ultimately lead to those and other problems that cause
Heckel said, “if they can reduce those things or control them or
quit smoking, they can dramatically reduce the risk of having a heart-related
problem in the future.”
Nearly 60 percent of people who live in Gaston County are considered overweight
and around 20 percent of them smoke daily.
In an effort to bring statistics like that down, CaroMont Health developed
a interactive health exhibit in Mount Holly to educate people on how to
live a healthier life and prevent chronic diseases through diet and exercise.
Andrea Serra, vice president of wellness development at CaroMont Health,
said, “they get information in a friendly way, a fun way. They learn
how all the little decision they make every day can affect their lives.”
CaroMont is working with local employers, schools, churches and physicians
to better educate people.
Mounty Holly’s mayor, Brian Hough, who is also an insurance adviser,
says if people lead a healthier lifestyle, it can also cut down on the
cost of health care.
“Seventy percent of all health care costs are related to the diseases
of high blood pressure and obesity,” Hough said.
The exhibit is funded by CaroMont and opens to the public Saturday.