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Well on wheels: Initiative brings mobility to health in Mecklenburg
Atrium-YMCA partnership launches Jan. 24
Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019 11:07 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

The Wellness on Wheels vehicle brings mobile health and wellness  services to underserved communities. The initiative, a partnership of Atrium Health and the YMCA, launches Jan. 24 at the McCrorey YMCA on Beatties Ford Road.

Checking on your health can be as simple as getting to the local YMCA.

Wellness on Wheels, an initiative between Atrium Health and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, offers a combination of clinical-medical and wellness services. The mobile unit will move across the Charlotte area to provide health education and health screenings, including blood pressure and diabetes testing, nutrition education and lifestyle management to prevent chronic diseases like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

“Our partnership with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and the Wellness on Wheels mobile health unit is designed to provide community-centered health, connecting patients to a care team and wellness experts to meet their health needs,” said Dr. Alisahah Cole, chief community impact officer at Atrium Health. “Together with our new mobile health unit we can eliminate barriers to achieving good health by meeting people where they are to provide intentional, more convenient access to care and education.”

Chronic disease and obesity are critical issues in America, especially in the African American community, where blacks are more likely to suffer from hypertension and heart disease and less likely to have it diagnosed.

The Wellness on Wheels initiative will provide people with a snapshot of their baseline health so they can make more informed decisions about their health.
“The number of people in North Carolina with diabetes and high blood pressure is staggering and many do not even know they are at risk,” said Sue Dissinger, executive director of healthy living at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. “Studies show that simply tracking blood pressure can improve a person’s health significantly. Knowledge is power and the YMCA and Atrium Health are empowering people to take control of their health and even their family’s health.”

Wellness on Wheels launches Jan. 24 at the McCrorey YMCA branch and the fourth Thursday of every month thereafter with services available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wellness on Wheels schedule will expand coverage to the West Boulevard area, Matthews, Steele Creek and Lincolnton.

The network will ultimately expand to 16 sites on a monthly basis by year’s end.

Information on Wellness on Wheels services and schedule, is on the initiative’s Facebook page,www.facebook.com/WOWCLT.


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