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IMARA Woman Magazine Brings Health Empowerment Tour Presented by First Choice and AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership to Beaufort

Event offers inspiring speakers, health screenings, seminars and entertainment at no cost to attendees

IMARA Woman magazine’s 17th annual Health Empowerment Tour, presented by Select Health of South Carolina’s First Choice Medicaid health plan and AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, is being held Saturday, Oct. 27, at Whale Branch Early College High School, 169 Detour Road, Seabrook, SC. This year’s event is themed “Mind, Body, Spirit: Looking to the Future, Embracing the Past!" and runs from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., offering health screenings, educational workshops, a fashion show, cooking demonstrations, door prizes, entertainment and a healthy lunch, all at no cost to attendees.

“The Health Empowerment Tour is a day of fun and fellowship that empowers women of all ages with crucial information through entertaining and lively discussion,” said Wendy Brawley, founder and publisher of IMARA Woman. “Everyone has a great time. We learn from experts, and we get to ask questions and share our own experiences .”

Each tour event also features a special guest speaker and a diverse array of workshops. The featured speakers for the Beaufort event are Harvey and Lucinda Gantt, the first African American students at Clemson University. He was also the first African American mayor of Charlotte, NC.  

In addition, participants may attend two of nine workshops offered. Featured titles include “Ask the Doctor” and “Poised, Polished, Professional” — presented by First Choice and AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership — as well as “Healthy Eating Can Taste Great,” a heart-healthy cooking demonstration and tasting session — presented by IMARA Woman.

  • Ask the Doctor
  • Keep It Moving: Let’s Get Our Wobble On!
  • Healthy Eating Can Taste Great!
  • Genealogy: Tracing and Understanding Your Roots
  • What South Carolina is Doing to Combat the Opioid Crisis
  • Fall Prevention: Learn New Ways to Keep Your Balance and Prevent Falling
  • Feeling Blue: Coping with Depression

“The Health Empowerment Tour educates, inspires and serves as a catalyst for healthy living,” said Courtnay Thompson, market president at Select Health, which offers First Choice, the state’s oldest and largest Medicaid health plan, and First Choice VIP Care Plus, a Medicare-Medicaid Plan. “The tour aligns perfectly with our mission to help people get care, stay well and build healthy communities.”

Advance registration is required and space is limited, so participants should sign up early at or call 1-803-252-0647

“The entire household benefits when someone learns how to improve their health or diet, or to strengthen their self-esteem,” said Christopher Drumm, board chair of AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership and senior vice president, government and external affairs for AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies. “Positive changes, whether physical, emotional, dietary or related to self-image, can lead to dramatic improvements in quality of life.”

About First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina

Select Health of South Carolina, part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, contracts with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) to offer First Choice, the state’s oldest and largest Medicaid managed care health plan, in all 46 counties statewide.

Select Health’s First Choice health plan is the top-rated Medicaid health plan in South Carolina, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2015 – 2016, 2016 – 2017, 2017 – 2018 and 2018 – 2019. First Choice was the top-ranked Medicaid health plan in South Carolina per NCQA from 2010 – 2011 to 2014 – 2015.

First Choice is the first health plan in South Carolina to earn NCQA’s Multicultural Health Care Distinction, an honor it has achieved four times since 2011.

Select Health also offers the First Choice VIP Care Plus Medicare-Medicaid plan in 39 South Carolina counties.

About AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies

AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. Operating in 15 states and the District of Columbia, AmeriHealth Caritas serves approximately 5.3 million Medicaid, Medicare and Children’s Healthy Insurance Program (CHIP) members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management and specialty pharmacy services, behavioral health services, and other administrative services.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven organization with more than 35 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations.

About the AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership

The AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, a 501(c)(3) public charity, addresses health and health care disparities by expanding current health promotion programs to locations across the country. These evidence-based, award winning initiatives educate vulnerable communities about the importance of promoting healthy choices and adopting healthy lifestyles.

About IMARA Woman Magazine

IMARA Woman magazine is a South Carolina-based lifestyle and personal growth publication founded in 2000 by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Paul and Wendy Brawley.