MMAE News and Events
April 2010

Author Chris Crowley and MMAE’s Debi Attorri Preview “Younger Next Year” on WBT Radio

MMAE’s “Younger Next Year” luncheon was highlighted on Sunday, April 15th, on WBT’s Health Headlines with Stacey Simms.

Click on the link below to listen to the radio show featuring Chris Crowley, Dr. Russ Greenfield and MMAE co-President Debi Attorri:


Listen Now: Younger Next Year Luncheon featured on WBT’s Health Headlines with Stacey Simms


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Younger Next Year Luncheon Tickets Go Fast…
Luncheon Sold Out

The Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket to our Community Health Luncheon, Younger Next Year.  Due to the an overwhelming response by health-conscious Charlotteans, the Luncheon is sold out.

Chris Crowley’s best selling book, Younger Next Year may still be purchased through our book store partner, Park Road Books.  Please enter MMAE in the Order Comments field at checkout and fifteen per cent of each purchase goes to the MMAE Endowment, supporting health projects in the community.

Purchase Younger Next Year books now >>

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Younger Next Year Looks at Aging; Feel Like 50 When You’re 80

MMAE’s Annual Community Health Luncheon, Younger Next Year, made the front page of the April 6th Charlotte Observer.

The article,  ”Time to Get Fit and Feel Younger,” written by Karen Garloch, The Charlotte Observer health reporter, featured an interview with Alliance President, Debi Attorri, and Dr. Don Russ of the Mecklenburg Medical Group.

Tickets to the April 22nd event are still available online.

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Time to get fit and feel younger

The Charlotte Observer
Posted: Monday, Apr. 05, 2010

Every year, the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance sponsors a symposium on a health topic. This year, the subject is aging. Or rather, how to postpone aging.

The idea arose because many members of the alliance, a group of doctors’ spouses, are patients of Dr. Donald Russ.

For several years, the longtime Charlotte physician has been urging patients to read a book called “Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond.”

Russ read it himself a few years ago, and it changed his life. He got back into the habit of exercising, lost 38 pounds in three months and feels better at 62 than he did at 52.

“If you take care of the machinery,” he says, “you can feel as good in your 80s as you did in your 50s and 60s.”

That’s the message in the book, co-authored by Dr. Henry “Harry” Lodge, a New York doctor, and Chris Crowley, his 70-something patient.

Read more of the Charlotte Observer article, “Time to Get Fit and Feel Younger” >>

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Becky Carney Endorses MMAE & Medic’s Lucky Hearts Campaign

Almost two years ago, the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment (MMAE) and Medic formed a partnership aimed at increased cardiac arrest survival. Calling it the Lucky Hearts Campaign, a key element was the distribution of AEDs (defibrillators) along with training in their use.

Medic provided the training and, upon completion of certification, MMAE provided, through funds from its Endowment, the church/school/nonprofit with the gift of an AED for use in their community. To date, MMAE has distributed 42 defibrillators; Medic has trained 1290 individuals.

One year ago, Democratic State Congresswoman Becky Carney, personally learned the value of an AED. While sitting at her desk in Raleigh, she experienced a cardiac arrest and was revived through the use of a defibrillator. On April 1, Carney was present when 20 AED’s were donated in her honor to the Lucky Hearts Campaign.

Read more on how Becky Carney contributed to Lucky Hearts in the Charlotte Observer >>


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