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Improving Health Keeps People Working

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If there’s anything that has highlighted our state’s problems with obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, it’s COVID-19.  We’ve long known about these problems here but when a virus strikes that overwhelmingly takes advantage of people with underlying conditions such as these, it becomes a much more serious wake-up call.  An initiative from our next guest’s organization is working to turn this situation around.

Mike Switzer interviews Angel Bourdon with the South Carolina Hospital Association whose community-driven program is called Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.