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Metro Health offering free blood pressure checks on National Go Red Day

Metro Health offering free blood pressure checks on National Go Red Day

WYOMING, Mich.—This Friday, Feb. 7 is National Go Red For Women  Day.

Everyone is encouraged to wear red to raise awareness about the top killer of women: heart disease.  

National Go Red For Women Day also falls on the same day as Metro Health’s free blood pressure screenings.  Community members are encouraged to visit the hospital between 10 a.m. and noon to have their blood pressure checked.  Higher blood pressure can lead to a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease or dementia.

Metro Health is located at 5900 Byron Center Ave.

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—How would you make Kent County healthier?

That’s the question Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department is hoping to answer with a series of community meetings over the next three months.   From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent.

Nonprofits getting $13k in grants from Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation

Nonprofits getting $13k in grants from Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation

WYOMING, Mich.--  Five nonprofit organizations supporting children are getting a financial boost.

The Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation recently awarded more than $13,000 to Roosevelt Park Ministries, Autism Support of Kent County, Kendall Continuing Studies, Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology.

Roosevelt Park Ministries plans to use the $5,000 it was awarded for career camps for children ages 12-17.  The four week-long camps will take place in summer and highlight the importance of graduating from high school and pursuing higher education.

Autism Support of Kent County will use its $2,520 grant for Project Lifesaver, providing transmitters/locator units  which will be worn by autistic individuals who may wander off.

New smart phone app connects parents to child's school

New smart phone app connects parents to child's school

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—National Heritage Academies is offering a new smart phone app to connect parents to their child’s school work.

The app provides instant access to student grades, school news and meal balance accounts.  Parents can also contact their child’s teacher or search the school’s online carpooling database.  

“We are proud to offer this technology to our parents,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wykoff. “The app allows them to find information located on the school website, but eliminates the need to have an Internet connection.”

NHA operates 14 schools in West Michigan, including:  

Registration open for Pajama Dash Down Division

Registration open for Pajama Dash Down Division

WYOMING, Mich.—Get ready to pull out your best pajamas as the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Cennter’s  Pajama Dash Down Division returns for a third year.

 Registration is open for the 5k run/walk.  The cost is $25 through Feb. 16 and includes a winter stocking cap.  Race fees rise to $30 from Feb. 17 through race day.  Participants can also get a free Kroc Center day pass, enter for more than $1,000 in door prizes and enjoy food, refreshments and photography.

The race will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials:

Comstock Park hosts 6th annual Cancer Classic Jan. 24

Comstock Park hosts 6th annual Cancer Classic Jan. 24

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- The 6th annual Cancer Classic basketball games will take place Friday, Jan. 24 with proceeds benefiting Relay For Life of Comstock Park.

This year's opponent is Wyoming.  The varsity girls' game will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by the varsity boys' game.  Cancer Classic T-Shirts and crew sweatshirts will be available in the high school, Mill Creek and Pine Island offices for $10 (T-shirt) or $20 (crew sweatshirt) starting Tuesday, Jan. 21.  Admission to the games will be $3 with the purchase of a 2014 Cancer Classic T-Shirt or Crew Sweatshirt.