New AL!VE facility in Charlotte holding community preview event

In just two weeks, the greater Lansing region will get a glimpse of what an experience-based, destination health park looks like when Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital hosts a community preview event at its new facility, AL!VE.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, the public is invited to a variety of events showcasing the first phase of AL!VE, a multi-million-dollar initiative focused on improving the health and well-being of thousands of residents throughout greater Charlotte and the Lansing area. AL!VE is located where the former Felpausch grocery store and CVS Pharmacy stood at 800 W. Lawrence Ave. in Charlotte.

The first phase of AL!VE is set to open late November. The Community Preview event, however, will allow members of the community to learn more now about what will go on inside this new and unique addition to the region, according to Patrick Sustrich, MS, director of health and wellness services at HGB, who has also been overseeing AL!VE's construction and will manage its operations once open.

Activities will include tours, musical performances, fitness class samplers, women's health information, rock wall climbing, wool spinning demonstrations, local artisan cheesemaking, information on a nature preserve and other initiatives that contribute to community vitality. For kids and families specifically, there will be art stations, pumpkin carving, crafts, scavenger hunt and a conga dance line.

Participants will also have a chance to sign up for information about AL!VE classes and services.

When it opens in November, the first phase of AL!VE will offer physical rehabilitation services (Empower), women's health (Journey), a café (Nourish) and demonstration kitchen (Relish), indoor and outdoor walking paths and quiet outdoor space (Ponder), and technology that will allow each visitor's experience to be customized. A full array of massage and acupuncture services will also be available. Once future phases are fully completed, AL!VE will be a more than 60,000-square-foot facility offering an integrated set of health and well-being tools, including a wellness/fitness center, integrative medicine, community rooms, child care for families using the facility and much more. Providing the community with the resources it needs to improve overall health, AL!VE will serve as an asset that helps facilitate economic growth by creating a more vibrant place to live and work.

"AL!VE is designed to be dynamic, fluid and changing," Sustrich said. "It will engage all of the senses of those utilizing its services through its unique environmental experiences."

Future phases will be developed over the following one to two years, commensurate with community support.

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