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Giving Blood is a great way to help People

Giving Blood is a great way to help People

Make a lifesaving difference. If you are 17 years of age or 16 years of age with a parents’ consent, healthy, and weigh at least 110# or more, you may be eligible to give blood. 16 year olds must bring a consent form from a parent.

Michigan Blood is holding a Blood Drive at Wyoming City Hall from 8:00am – 12 Noon on Thursday, April 23rd. Donors must sign in with a photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID.

This is a great way to help several people with the donation of a pint of blood.

My Town: Elzinga & Volkers hosts 'Alive 365: Safety Week'

My Town: Elzinga & Volkers hosts 'Alive 365: Safety Week'

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals Wednesday announced it will kick off its second annual Alive 365: Safety Week with a safety symposium at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 13 at The Pinnacle Center.

Representatives from Associated Builders and Contractors of West Michigan, American Subcontractors Association, Inc. and The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be on hand to discuss various industrial safety topics. Keynote speaker Dr. John Austin, an internationally recognized expert in proving behavior-based solutions to organizational challenges, will discuss the importance of safety leadership within organizations.

During Alive 365: Safety Week 2015, training sessions will be held throughout West Michigan on the following topics:

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or super powers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need.

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

My Town: Students jump their way to healthy hearts

My Town: Students jump their way to healthy hearts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--On Friday, Feb. 13, 1st – 5th grade students of Vista Charter Academy raised awareness for heart health by jumping around.

Students collected pledges and participated in heart healthy activities during their physical education classes. This national event was sponsored by the American Heart Association. For more information on the Jump Rope for Heart program visit www.heart.org.  

Visit www.nhaschools.com for information about Vista Charter Academy.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Reduce fire dangers with free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

My Town: Reduce fire dangers with free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As temperatures drop, the risk of chimney and heater fires rises, which is why now is a good time to pick up a free smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector from the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

The organization is providing these devices for free to households in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming with a child who is 14 years or younger. For more information, call (616) 241-3300 or email info@healthyhomescoalition.org.