The Missoula area is a regional hub for a vast array of medical services and it can be a daunting task to identify what resources are available or applicable to you.

The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes this and tasks its Health Resources Committee with creating a community-wide event applicable to Missoulians of all ages.

For the past 18 years, the Missoula Chamber has hosted an annual Health Fair. This year, the event is growing in a variety of exciting ways. This year, the 2015 Missoula Health Summit will include information, activities and screenings for all ages. This community-wide event will promote health education through informative and comprehensive screenings and presentations. Key individual strategies to make simple healthy lifestyle changes, manage stress management, navigate health care reform and control costs will be provided.

Hosted at the University Center on the UM campus, the summit will offer complete lipid panels and blood glucose testing, varicose vein screenings, hearing assessments, heart health information and screenings, strength and flexibility testings and much more. A wide variety of information will also be available on topics such as women’s health, the newest health insurance trends, active children’s programs in Missoula, home care services and fitness training.

This year, the University of Montana and Missoula College will be available, along with other health-related presenters, to discuss the many programs and opportunities for careers in the healthcare industry. Whether you’re thinking of a change in careers or a student thinking about college programs, both Missoula College and the university have programs available.

I am lucky enough to live in a community that pulls together to help each other each and every day. One of the most incredible ways this is accomplished is with the Health Summit. The determined committee believes that the countless hours spent organizing and partnering with many community businesses is a way to give back to Missoula and contributes to the health of our neighbors, friends and family.

The Missoula Health Summit is yet another way the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce aides in promoting a healthy community and advancing the quality of life in Missoula. By acting as a catalyst in creating a cooperative and prosperous community, the chamber fosters support and encourages collaboration within the health industry. Because businesses that focus on medical care, treatment and prevention make up one of the largest and fastest growing segments of today’s economy, this all-encompassing event benefits everyone. A healthy community is a happy community and I am proud to be part of this one.

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