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My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

My Town: Park patch to help fight hunger in West Michigan

My Town: Park patch to help fight hunger in West Michigan

WYOMING, Mich.—United Church Outreach Ministry is getting down and dirty to help fight hunger in West Michigan.

As part of their newest project, Growing Green Neighbors, ministry members teamed up with community members, Metro Health employees and other volunteers Tuesday to turn a patch of Wyoming’s Marquette Park into a thriving garden.

The food will be donated to Feeding America West Michigan, increasing the amount of healthy fresh vegetables available to pantry visitors.

My Town: Be mindful of your health during storm cleanup

My Town: Be mindful of your health during storm cleanup

WYOMING, Mich.—If you plan to spend the weekend cleaning up damage from Sunday night’s tornadoes and storms, the American Heart Association wants you to be mindful of your health.

Cleaning up storm damage can be physically taxing, leading to a higher risk of heart attack.  Residents should take plenty of breaks, carry smaller loads and drink plenty of water.  The American Heart Association says most importantly, residents should listen to their bodies. 

The warning signs of a heart attack include:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that last for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck and arms.
  • Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.

People who experience the warning signs of a heart attack should stop what they’re doing immediately and call 911.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Health department offers free testing in honor of National HIV Testing Day

My Town: Health department offers free testing in honor of National HIV Testing Day
----------------------NEWS RELEASE--------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Kent County Health Department) – One in five people living with HIV don’t know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thursday, June 27, 2014 marks the 10th annual National HIV Testing Day. The Kent County Health Department is making it easy for everyone to know their status the week of National HIV Testing Day: a quick, painless finger poke test, which gives you preliminary results in just 20 minutes. The Kent County Health Department is offering four opportunities to get tested, without an appointment, free and confidentially. When you get tested at one of these events, you will receive a gift card* for your time, education about HIV and prevention, and steps you can take to protect those you love from HIV.

My Town Wyoming: Metro Health celebrates cancer survivors June 3

My Town Wyoming: Metro Health celebrates cancer survivors June 3

WYOMING, Mich.—National Cancer Survivors Day was June 1, but Metro Health is celebrating those who conquered cancer this Tuesday, June 3 with a free community event in Wyoming.

Community members are invited to join the celebration, which is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cancer Center at Metro Health Village.  The event includes an ice cream social, giveaways, prizes and more.  Survivor Susanne Tracy will help kick off the event by sharing her inspiring story.

The event is free and registration is not required.  The Cancer Center at Metro Village is located at 5950 Metro Way SW.

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new gymnastics facility

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new gymnastics facility

WYOMING, Mich.—Construction is underway on a new gymnastics center for children in Wyoming.

The Vance family and staff members celebrated the groundbreaking of For The Kidz Gymnastics’ new facility on May 27.  The $1.5 million center will include 28,000 square feet of space-- roughly double the size of the current facility at 5690 Burlingame Ave. SW, which Alisa Vance opened in 2005.

“We’ve grown to capacity at our current location and the new center will allow us to expand our gymnastic equipment and the number of classes we can offer,” said Vance, who graduated from Cornerstone University with degrees in physical education and early childhood education.