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Welcome to the July issue.

American independence from the British was won and the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. In the 235 years since, this country has endured numerous wars, lost countless numbers of men and women in battle, and survived attacks on our homeland. Freedom has been paid for time and again by the sacrifices of our brave soldiers in battle, and many gave the ultimate sacrifice. This Independence Day as you rush to attend parades, cookouts, fireworks’ displays and countless other events, remember the real reason for this July 4th Holiday that we celebrate. Please take a moment to pause and reflect on how really blessed we are to live in the good ole USA, North Carolina and Iredell County. The true strength of our nation lies not in material things, but in the goodness of her people and the promise that tomorrow will be better than today. There is no problem too big that American ingenuity can’t solve. What we need today, more than ever, is a rebirth of the American spirit.

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Dr. Manish Patel: Offering Weight Loss Help By Kristie Darling

Photos: On the cover–Manish G. Patel, MD, with Piedmont HealthCare Weight Management and Lake Medical Associates in Mooresville, NC Pictured, from left to right– Amy K. Bolling, FNP-BC, and Dr. Patel Opposite page–Dr. Patel, Amy Bolling, NP, and Ronda White, RN, see patients at Lake Medical Associates in Mooresville.



“We’ve had lots of success stories, but one gentleman I’m working with now is making an amazing change. We’re seeing huge improvements in his health, and my entire office is cheering him on,” Dr. Manish Patel, internist and weight management physician with Piedmont HealthCare, told me when I visited to learn more about his weight reduction program. “He’d been wheelchair bound for quite some time, the result of an amputation from diabetes, and when we started on his weight loss plan he probably weighed in at about 350 to 380. We didn’t really know, because we couldn’t get him weighed. After his surgery he was never able to walk with his prosthetic leg; in fact, he never really tried. He just couldn’t manage it. As we talked about losing weight, he said his goal was to walk again, but I challenged him to make that goal personal, to give it heart. We decided on setting a goal of driving to Alabama to see his grandson and throwing football with him. I wrote him a prescription for ‘playing ball with your grandson.’ He’s truly motivated, and he’s been working hard ever since.“ This man’s story isn’t finished yet, but Dr.Patel reports that since January, he’s down to just under 300 pounds, walking unassisted with a walker, completely off one of his diabetes injections, and his blood sugar levels are incredibly under control—down from 300 units of insulin a day to 90 units! Success does happen. LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE AND STUDY Dr. Patel is a tall, handsome man with a quick smile and friendly sense of humor. You would never imagine that he was 100 pounds overweight in high school and has struggled with weight issues all his life. Born in England and raised in Tifton, Georgia, Manish Patel grew up vegetarian. Unlike the myth that all vegetarians are rail thin, he wasn’t. He knows what it’s like to struggle to lose weight, and these memories, I’m sure, help him understand what his patients are dealing with and working to accomplish. “I was my first patient eight months ago. I went from 200 to 175 in six weeks—over Christmas and New Years—following guidelines that we’d developed from our study of what really works,” Dr. Patel shared. “The basics are very easy to understand: we recommend a modified carbohydrate, protein sparing diet, which translates to mean eliminate simple carbs and sugars, increase fiber, and eat the correct amount of protein each day for your individual body. Spread the right foods throughout the day, and you will be satisfied, energized and losing fat, not muscle—what healthy weight loss is really about. We give people real menu choices that don’t require calorie counting or special diet foods. We want to change how you make your food choices for the rest of your life. We

give you simple, smart tools you can use everyday.” MOTIVATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY “I need people who are ready,” Dr. Patel says. “I started one man out with only four directives: no exercise, but do 30 minutes each day of physical activity; no fast food for breakfast, but do eat any type of cereal with milk in a Solo cup each morning. Why in a cup? So he could walk while he ate. Now this was a very unique instance, designed to help him see that he could do it, and it isn’t part of my regular diet plans, but when this big fellow lost 30 pounds the first month…then he was ready! He went on to achieve his first goal of getting to 300 pounds, and he did it in just four months.” Dr. Patel’s approach to weight loss is easy to understand. His plans are designed to help patients feel better by losing fat while maintaining lean muscle mass. Each visit offers education, support, and accountability. Dr. Patel’s plans help patients achieve their goals easily and effectively. Patients who lose just 10% of their current weight can begin to reduce or eliminate medications and serious health conditions that are caused by, or exacerbated by, excess body fat. Sounds simple, IREDELL IREDELLLIVING LIVING••JULY JULY2011 2011

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doesn’t it? With regular guidance from Dr. Patel and Amy Bolling, his nurse practitioner, it is. Typically, patients meet with Dr. Patel or Amy once a month. When patients come in with medical conditions related to their weight problems, Dr. Patel is often able to bill the patient’s insurance company.



IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT FAT In 2000, obesity moved beyond smoking as the number one preventable cause of death in America. We spend over $40 billion on weight loss products, yet 66% of us are overweight or obese. “And we’re not getting much better” Dr. Patel explained. “In the next 30 years the number of obese adults will double. Childhood obesity is up 66% in the last ten years. People need to think about themselves over the next 30 years—where do you want to be?” The list of medical problems that are caused by being overweight is staggering. We all know about diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, but the list also includes gall bladder problems, thyroid problems, osteoarthritis, depression, back pain, joint problems, and more. Obesity increases the mortality rate of every cancer and increases the risk of developing some cancers, such as breast, colon, prostate, kidney, esophageal, and endometrial cancer in post-menopausal women. Obesity is a serious medical condition. THERE ARE NO MEDICATIONS FOR LIFE-LONG TREATMENT Dr. Patel provides his patients with handouts that define the parameters of his program. The initial appointment takes a little over an hour. Various measurements are taken, not just of your waist and hips, but measurements that determine how much activity your body needs to make a difference in your weight loss. Establishing your resting energy expenditure (REE), which tells how many calories your body burns at rest doing nothing; your activity thermogenesis, or the number of calories you burn during physical activity and exercise, and then knowing the thermogenic effect of food, can help you understand all the areas of your diet and exercise routine that you can tweak to increase your level of success. Appointments are made monthly; blood work is done every three months, when appropriate. The program is adaptable for different patients and their overall health, but the basics are the same. And the goals of immediately beginning to improve your overall health, eliminating certain medications, and learning how to stay healthy and at your optimum weight for the rest of your life are emphasized throughout your work with Dr. Patel and his team.

Photos Opposite page, top to bottom: • Patients weigh in. • Establishing resting energy expenditure • Dr. Patel reviews patient progress. Pictured right: Top–The staff is happy to see patient improvement. Bottom–Dr. Patel with his staff.

IT’S ABOUT RESULTS Dr. Manish Patel has developed his program through extensive study and discovering, by working with real people just like you and me, what really works. (His partner, Dr. Fahey, has lost 35 pounds; Dr. Fahey’s wife has lost 47!) Dr. Patel’s weight loss and exercise recommendations are well documented and effective. He is currently working with about 300 patients, helping each one reach their own personal goals. One of his patients recently told Dr. Patel, “I can’t thank you enough for your dedication and expertise. I really did not think that it was possible to move my measurements with diet alone. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I have the tools to keep the weight off and reach goals I never thought I would even set.” Sounds like the perfect referral to me.

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How to Discipline a Teenager By James D. Williams

a rite of passage for every father to sit down with his teenager and watch this movie. So, this got me thinking. Luke didn’t learn a thing when the boss man punished him by making him dig that hole or when the other boss man said, “Luke, now there’s dirt on my grass,” making him fill it back up again. Luke only rebelled further. Being the teenager’s father must be some sort of revenge for my parents from all those years when I was a teenager, perhaps for the talking back, coming home at odd hours, or raiding the refrigerator at 2 am. My parents today can afford to just look back from a distance and shake their heads, secretly laughing inside. Bill Cosby has a great quote from when he was mad at his teenager, “Son, I brought you into this world and I can take you out and make another one just like you.” Many a parent has bitten a lip as they have silently thought this sentence. What do you do when the teenager talks back and thinks he knows more than his parent? I sat my son down the other day and made him watch the movie, Cool Hand Luke, starring Paul Newman. He did not think it was a bit funny when I started saying in front of his friends (in the movie’s vernacular), “Looks like what we have here is a failure to communicate.” Or, “Luke, there’s dirt in my hole.” I think it should be 16


At one point I tried the boss man approach and made the teenager cut the grass. What I got was an uneven cut, uneven rows, and flowers in the grass clippings. It is as if a parent pushes one way and the teenager pushes back, sort of a physics equation of opposing force. Oh, they’ll get the job done, but not in the spirit and design as intended. So it came to pass on this one particular Sunday morning the teenager was into it with his sister, the twelve year old. “He crossed his eyes at me”, she said. “She stuck her tongue out at me”, he said. And then the teenager’s ageless argument back to Dad, “You always take her side!” And the customary Dad response, “Son, she’s 12 and you’re 16. Be smart enough to know when she is pulling you in. It’s always going to be your fault because you’re supposed to know better.” After Church that day and finally having enough, I loaded the teenager into the car and went to Wal-Mart, just the two of us. I don’t know if you have

ever been to Wal-Mart on a Sunday afternoon, but it is just like a weekend at a NASCAR race. There were wall to wall people. All were rushing to get to checkered flag at the check-out counter. So it was then that it hit me, let the teenager push the cart. A little humiliation might go a long way. Now a Sunday afternoon at Wal-Mart can also be like a family reunion. Everyone is there. Everyone is trading stories. The teenager gets introduced to everyone. Imagine the horror for the teenager being seen at Wal-Mart with an anti-hip father, much less relegated to his role of pushing the cart. It was then on the straight-away known as the cereal aisle that it happened. As the carts and the people were lined up ever so close, each jostling for position and even trading a little cart paint, the teenager hesitated. The grandmother who had been silently drafting behind the teenager made her move. In a flash she came around. The grandmother went to the inside and darted in front the teenager. The father, meanwhile, had turned his back and taken his eyes off the teenager, you know, in that antihip way to intently study the cost per ounce comparisons. With the cunning of Cale Yarborough and the speed of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the grandmother slipped back into a drafting position in front of the teenager.



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As I stepped to the right and reached back to nudge the teenager’s cart forward, the cart tugged back, pulling my fingers with it. I spun to the left expecting to see the teenager, but instead saw the shocked grandmother glaring at me, the stranger, trying to take her cart. Just as in racing, there are no explanations and no apologies. As the grandmother rushed by to get away from the cart thief, it was the teenager that spoke up in that familiar vernacular, “Looks like what we have here is a failure to communicate.”











The Arts Beat On... Community Visioning Forum. Jodi believes that “people grow the arts, but art grows the people.” New community partnerships and projects are forthcoming and sure to encourage and engage participation by the community in fresh and unexpected ways.

The Arts Beat On… from

within the old county jail in Statesville – tune in and get acquainted with a full genre of great offerings! The Iredell Arts Council was founded in 1972 and is a Designated County Partner with North Carolina Arts Council. Applications are accepted from cultural organizations throughout Iredell. Funds granted by the North Carolina Arts Council are then dispersed to qualifying applicants. Its all-encompassing mission is ‘to initiate, encourage and support arts and cultural activities in Iredell County’ – a mission possible with an active Board of Directors balanced with an innovative Executive Director. In December 2010, Jodi John-Pippin was selected as their new Executive Director and is dedicated to the City of Statesville’s initiative to “Increase the Support of Cultural Arts” during the 2007



As a visual and performing artist, Jodi’s inherent talents provide ideal perspectives on the nuances of living an artistic life for the artists in our area. In the circle of the arts there are many who appreciate its value from an economic and stimulating community offering. She also brings her experiences as an adjunct faculty member in the art department of Mitchell Community College. In the recent six years, Jodi taught studio classes and lecture courses for art appreciation and notes, “when we explore our visual or performing passions, we advance the arts and brighten our world.” Some of the changes you will experience in this new phase of growth for the Iredell Arts Council include: • More program offerings at the old jail such as piano, guitar-acoustic, bass, electric, and banjo lessons; art classes, workshops, and more! • Creation of a new volunteer base • Partnerships with arts organizations and county businesses to provide more public events • Mentorship of youth through the arts and/or outreach • Fundraising and donorship to build and strengthen the capability to deliver quality community programs and events Community partnerships and fundraisers such as ‘Roots and Wings Birdhouse

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Gala’ with Iredell Habitat for Humanity and ‘Art & Salvation’ with Salvation Army continue to engage the community and reserve funds to grow the arts. The Arts Council is on a new quest for partners to sponsor a ‘Jailhouse Rock!’. A capital campaign is underway to improve the venue and support future events at the old county jail, pending a lease renewal with the county. Compliance for a safe, accessible and comfortable venue is paramount for our cultural expansion and enjoyment. Great music performances have been resonating in the old county jail walls and the 2011 calendar is filling out for the fall. Look for Catie Curtis with special guest, Jenna Lindbo, of Asheville (Sept. 9th). Also, Matt Walsh, David Holt and Doc Watson will deliver exceptional evenings of music. Jodi (and the Board of Directors) invites the community to stop in at the Iredell Arts Council office at 203 South Meet-

ing Street in the old county jail. The new ‘Friends of the Arts’ offers a reasonable minimum annual $25 donorship with volunteer choices. Participate in a ‘Second Saturday Workshop’ – and expand your personal explorations in creativity. The Iredell Arts Council doors are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please telephone 704.873.6100, Email or visit to stay familiar with all the great new programs at our favorite old venue to experience the arts this year! Join the newsletter and become a friend of the arts. “We believe in the transformative power of the arts. Help Iredell County flourish by supporting the Iredell Arts Council and enrich the life of our communities.” Photos, opposite page: Top–Freebird by Jodi John-Pippin; acrylic 16x20 original in private collection. Giclée prints available to order; 100% proceeds benefit Iredell Arts Council. Bottom, left–Jodi John-Pippin, Executive Director of Iredell Arts Council

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2011-2012 MSI Leadership Class

Karen Shore President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce

ave you ever given consideration as to how you influence others? Hopefully you do so in a positive fashion, and not in a selfish or negative way. Leadership is influence, and it really can make a difference in an organization or in the community. Our Chamber staff recently started a group book study with John Maxwell’s Developing the Leader Within and we are focused on a greater understanding of how influence works. Knowing the huge positive impact that our organization has on our community, it’s important for us to gain real insight on how to expand our influence through the development of leaders in our region. Maxwell notes that influence has value for three purposes. First, it exists to speak up for those who don’t have influence, and that any leader who does not lift up the lives of other people is not fulfilling the highest calling of being a leader. Second, it exists to speak to those who do have influence allowing a leader to influence another leader in a business, government, education or religious environment. Third, it exists to be passed on to others. It takes a leader to raise up another leader. When opportunities present themselves to help others develop leadership skills, an influencer can add value to people by opening doors. The MSI Chamber is constantly opening doors to our employers to not only develop stronger management and financial skills, but to also enhance the exposure of their products and services through our strategic marketing tools. Also, as a member company of the Chamber, every employee of that company is entitled to the programs, workshops and seminars that we provide. Those are a few benefits that allow us to serve as a partner to a member company in developing their people.

Effective partnerships are built around a common purpose, compatible values, and agreement on key issues. The Chamber’s mission is to serve as a community champion and advocate for business. We are the guardian of prosperity through our efforts to protect the interests of our employers, who in turn provide the wealth of our community. We take our responsibilities seriously and genuinely strive to conduct our work in the best interest of the Mooresville-South Iredell community. The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that applications are now available for candidates interested in the 2011-12 MSI Leadership Class. The eight-month program is designed to enhance leadership abilities through skill building and interactive sessions with experienced leaders. The program motivates aspiring leaders to assume positions or greater responsibility in business, community organizations and government. It also fosters a greater understanding of the current and future needs of our community and the opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful difference in addressing those needs. MSI Leadership will begin with orientation and team building sessions in September and continue with monthly sessions on the third Thursday through April. Valuable information and hands-on experiences are designed to enhance leadership potential; channel personal strengths; and to cultivate interest in community service. Session topics include economic development, government, human needs, education, public speaking and more. Employers are encouraged to sponsor those rising leaders in their businesses. The application is available on-line at For more information, please call me at 704-664-3898. IREDELL IREDELLLIVING LIVING••JULY JULY2011 2011

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e are continually seeking avenues through which we can build benefits for our members. To the credit of our Executive Committee and Board of Directors, we spend a good deal of time searching for creative means to build value. In June, we kicked off two extraordinary initiatives that have little, if any cost, but can provide real value to Chamber members.


Building Benefits For Members

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



A few years back, Dr. Jeff Payne was adamant that the Chamber adopt some type of discount or gift certificate program whereby Chamber members could entice greater demand for their product or service. He turned this passion into action with the introduction of to the Statesville Chamber members. For no initial cost, Chamber members can offer their product or service to thousands of possible consumers with a minimum 40% discount. This discount program provides yet another “win, win, win” opportunity. Participating businesses will see an increase in traffic, with their only cost being in the provision of their product or service at a discounted rate. Users of any of the “deals” will be purchasing a product or service for at least a 40% discount. The community benefits through more people opting to spend their money locally. There is yet another winner in this game; 5% of each deal sold will go to support local public schools. What will success look like? Simply, increased traffic would be ideal. Jay Reid, owner of Jay Reid School of Golf at Statesville Country Club, noted “We were VERY pleased that in the first 36 hours of the soft opening of – we sold nearly $800 worth of lessons. If we had not sold ANY lessons, we still had our business widely advertised for no cost. We love it!” Through the first two days, over $3000 worth of deals have been purchased on the website. If your business would like to

participate, please call the Chamber office today. We also know that 80% of our membership has less than 10 employees. In businesses such as this, an owner has to wear many hats. Quite often, problems or opportunities arise in which the owner/manager would simply like to get some advice or ideas. Under the astute guidance of our Vice-President of Membership, Amanda Beard, we are introducing “Talk Business, Take Action”. We are training 20-25 local business people to serve as “brainstormers” to provide input and assistance for local business owners. Let’s suppose you have an insurance agency and are seeking new and innovative ways to build your market share. You might seek to participate in TBTA. We will ask you and any members of your staff to join our “brainstormers” for a 90 minute meeting. You would provide a 15 minute profile of your insurance agency and then pose THE question to the “brainstormers”. Our task would be to come up with 100 ideas in 60 minutes to help you achieve your goal. We will then follow up with you within the next few days to possibly explore opportunities to implement some of these ideas. What is your cost (other than taking 2 hours out of a busy day)? Nothing….and you are sure fired, 100% guaranteed to walk away with a number of implementable ideas AND it is entirely possible you have expanded your business locally. The “brainstormers” now have a stake in your success. If you have an interest in participating in “Talk Business, Take Action” call the Chamber office today at 704-873-2892. We serve to support our members and to help build and preserve an environment in which businesses can prosper. If you have suggestions for additional ways in which to accomplish this task, please let us know.

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