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My Town Wyoming: Help needed to make 'Read n' Give' a success

My Town Wyoming: Help needed to make 'Read n' Give' a success

WYOMING, Mich.—The LEAGUE Michigan is looking for more schools, organizations and businesses to help encourage literacy through a statewide book drive.

“Read n’ Give” is focused on boosting literacy among youth.  Schools, organizations and businesses collect K-5 books, which are donated to students involved in literacy programs with Camp Blodgett, The Salvation Army and Schools of Hope, which includes the Grand Rapids, Godfrey-Lee and Godwin Heights school districts.   When students are finished with the books, they are encouraged to donate them back into the program the next year, to foster the continuous cycle of giving.

Bridget Knight, who works with The LEAGUE Michigan, says participants in last year’s program collected 65,000 books statewide.  More than 39,000 books of those books came from West Michigan.  Knight says the goal this year is to collect 70,000 books.

My Town Wyoming: Metro Health to help cancer patients 'Look Good... Feel Better'

My Town Wyoming: Metro Health to help cancer patients 'Look Good... Feel Better'

WYOMING, Mich.— The Cancer Center at Metro Health Village is getting ready to host a program aimed at helping women cancer patients feel better by looking good.

The free program teaches beauty techniques to women in active treatment to help them combat appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. “Look Good… Feel Better”  will run from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on second Wednesday of every month through June 11.

To register, call (616) 252-8100.

Vista Charter Academy students jump for heart health

Vista Charter Academy students jump for heart health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hearts were pumping at Vista Charter Academy on Friday, and not just because it was Valentine’s Day.

Students from Young 5s all the way up to fifth grade jumped rope for heart health.  The children took part in a variety of other heart-healthy activities as well, including hula hooping, playing with beach balls and dancing.  The school also set a goal to collect $4,000 in pledges to donate to the American Heart Association this year.

Vista Charter Academy, operated by National Heritage Academies, is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department will begin tapping the community for ideas to make the county healthier Tuesday, Feb. 11.

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. "The data and information gathered in this step will help us develop top priorities to improve health outcomes in Kent County."

Local health departments are required to update their Community Health Needs Assessment every five years for state accreditation.  Hospitals must update their CHNA every three years.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

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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.