Health & Wellness

No More Excuses

As obesity rates rise throughout the U.S. and citizens of Charlotte grow more aware of the importance of healthy living, organizations throughout Charlotte have placed a growing emphasis on health, nutrition and wellness. Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS, offers employers a full range of corporate health and wellness services. These are provided for companies in North and South Carolina as extra resources and incentives for their employees to live healthy lifestyles.

Local government got involved in the health and fitness trend several years ago by mandating sidewalks in new neighborhoods, expanding parks and recreation facilities, enhancing healthy choices in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ nutrition program, and creating a program called the Fit City Challenge. The Fit City Challenge offers encouragement, support and a wide variety of resources to help people exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables, set goals and track their progress through its interactive website, www.fitcitychallenge.org.

Charlotte is home to many fantastic farmers markets offering produce and homemade goods from local growers and merchants. Many of the city's top restaurants even use these markets to prepare their menus. Charlotte is also offering healthy eating options at groceries, as well as stores such as Earth Fare, Healthy Home Market, Trader Joes and Whole Foods, which offer natural and organic foods at moderate prices.

Adequate exercise, nutrition, health screening and stress management can prevent a wide array of diseases. If you’re not already living a healthy lifestyle, there's no better time than the present to start. And Charlotte is a perfect place to do it!

Finding  Physician

Before someone in your family needs immediate care, finding a physician should be a top priority. In a new city, finding the right doctor can be challenging; however, looking at listings offered by your health insurer is the first step. In addition, asking neighbors, friends or co-workers if they can recommend any of the physicians, dentists, or other specialists on your list will be beneficial in choosing what is right for you.

If you still need help, several local services are available to help you find a physician who is currently accepting patients:

Major Medical

Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the leading health care organizations in the Southeast, provides a medical home for all patients through a network of more than 600 care locations. These include hospitals, healthcare pavilions, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and other specialty care facilities in North and South Carolina. Carolinas HealthCare System’s mobile app allows users to find locations, check emergency room wait times, request appointments, check symptoms and more. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Carolinas Medical Center as one of "America's Best Hospitals," and CMC has been named as "Charlotte's Preferred Hospital" 13 times by the National Research Corporation.

Novant Health, a not-for-profit integrated system of 15 medical centers and more than 1,100 doctors in 343 clinic locations, serves communities in the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia. Novant Health Presbyterian Medical center is one of the largest private community hospitals in the region. It offers an array of diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic services and several specialized treatment centers, including a women’s center, a children’s hospital and emergency department, a cardiovascular institute, a cancer center and a behavioral health center. Other hospitals in the system include the Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital, Huntersville Medical Center and Matthews Medical Center. Presbyterian Medical Center was recognized nationally for meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care by The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Visit Novant Health online at novanthealth.org.