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My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town Wyoming: Dozens go bald to support children with cancer

My Town Wyoming: Dozens go bald to support children with cancer

WYOMING, Mich.--  Saturday, dozens of people who enter Chubby’s Bar & Grill with a full head of hair will leave bald.

More than 35 people have volunteered to shave their heads to support children with cancer and raise money for life-saving research through St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Last year, St. Baldrick's Foundation donated $50,000 to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.  Saturday, Dr. Giselle Sholler and Dr. James Fahner from the hospital will be on hand for the head-shaving event.  Another doctor, Dr. Peter Sholler will have his head shaved in solidarity.

“We are extremely thankful to St. Baldrick’s for their grant support of our Innovative Therapeutics Clinic in pediatric oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, helping bring new therapies to children with cancer in Grand Rapids,” says Dr. Sholler.

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:

  • Feb.

Michigan Supreme Court rules against Wyoming medical marijuana ordinance

Michigan Supreme Court rules against Wyoming medical marijuana ordinance

WYOMING, Mich.—The Michigan Supreme Court is siding with a registered medical marijuana user who wants to have Wyoming’s medical marijuana ordinance voided.

The ordinance banned the cultivation and use of medical marijuana, threatening civil violations as punishment.

John Ter Beek wanted to grow and use marijuana for medical purposes in his home and argued state law protects people like him from punishment.   A lower court sided with the City of Wyoming, saying a federal law prohibiting marijuana usage preempted the state law allowing medical marijuana.  When Ter Beek appealed the decision, the Court of Appeals reversed the ruling.

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.