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Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Learn about and help prevent hunger during free film showing Sept. 25

Learn about and help prevent hunger during free film showing Sept. 25

WYOMING, Mich.—One in four children in the U.S. do not know where their next meal is coming from.

It’s an issue addressed in the documentary “A Place at the Table,” which will be shown for free a during “Movie Night at Metro” Wednesday night.  “A Place at the Table” focuses on why children are going hungry and how it threatens our nation’s economy and society.

Wednesday night’s viewing begins at 6 p.m. inside the Metro Health Conference Center, located at 2225 Main St. SW in Wyoming.  While the movie is free, visitors are encouraged to bring donations for a food drive by Metro Health Hospital.  For more information and to register, visit Metro Health’s website here.

Preparing for flu season: Health department now offering shots

Preparing for flu season: Health department now offering shots

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Flu season is approaching and now is the time to get immunized.

The Kent County Health Department is administering its first flu shots of the season beginning Monday, September 23.  Adults and children six months and older are eligible for the vaccine.  Prices are $33 for the preservative free FluMist nasal spray, $20 for a preservative free four strain shot, $29 for the preservative free three strain vaccine and $25 for the three strain shot.   Parents of children who have no insurance or who have insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines will only be asked to pay for administering the shot, which costs up to $15.

Although no cases of flu have been reported to the county so far this season, health officers say Kent County experienced a substantial increase in confirmed flu cases last season, leading to dozens of calls for vaccinations late in the season.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

White car to be bathed in pink during 'Aim for the Cure' August 24

White car to be bathed in pink during 'Aim for the Cure' August 24

WYOMING, Mich. – A white car will be bathed in pink paint Saturday,  August 24 as Car City hosts its  “Aim for the Cure” fundraiser.

The family-owned used car dealership is inviting people out to enjoy $1 hot dogs, free water and shooting paintballs at a white car.  Potential paintballers must donate $1 for each shot or pay $5 for 10 paintballs.  Car City will match all the proceeds, which will go to Susan G. Komen of West Michigan. 

“We look forward to our role in helping the Susan G. Komen of West Michigan in its mission to save lives and increase awareness,” said Jeff Baker, president of Car City. “This is a very important cause and we’re proud to be able to support the inspirational work of this organization.” 

Car City is located at 1515 28th St. SW in Wyoming.  For more information, call (616) 249-2000.

Register now for 5th Annual Health Expo on Monday, August 19

Register now for 5th Annual Health Expo on Monday, August 19

BYRON CENTER, Mich.-- The community is invited to register by Wednesday, August 14 for the luncheon during this free Health Expo on Monday, August 19.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Byron Township Recreation facility, located at 2120 76th St.  Visitors will have an opportunity to stop by booths for materials and information on health, as well as enjoy lunch with friends.

The luncheon, catered by the Byron Family Restaurant, will take place at noon. The cost is $6.50 for resident and    $7.50 for non-residents.

Register by August 23 to take part in a free ice cream social, followed by Bingo, scheduled for Wednesday, August 28 at 1 p.m. Registered guests will receive two free bingo cards, with additional cards available for $0.25 each.

Free screenings and kids' activities during health festival August 17

Free screenings and kids' activities during health festival August 17

WYOMING, Mich.—A free faith-based health festival is coming to Lamar Park.

Michigan Blues is teaming up with the Grand Rapids Pastors Association and local churches for the August 17 event.  The health festival is part of the 15th annual Dia de Clamor. It will feature free health screenings, giveaways and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a soccer clinic.

The health festival will run from noon until 4 p.m.  Lamar Park is located at 2561 Porter Street in Wyoming.