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Metro Way 5k Family Fun Run August 1

Metro Way 5k Family Fun Run August 1

WYOMING, Mich.—The Metro Way 5k Family Fun Run  returns for a fourth year Thursday, August 1.

The event is meant to encourage all family members to live active, healthy lives.  The event will take place at Metro Health, located at 5900 Byron Center Ave. in Wyoming.

Children who participate in the free kids races all get an award for finishing.  Starting at 6:30 p.m., children ages 3-5 can take part in the 50-yard dash, a 100-yard dash is available for children ages 6-9 and kids between 10 and 14 years old can take part in a quarter-mile dash.

Proceeds from the Metro Way 5k Family Fun Run will go toward Metro Health's free and low-cost community health programs and screenings. For more information to register for the adult race or how to volunteer, call (616) 252-7341.

Program provides life-saving swimming skills to Gladiola Elementary

Program provides life-saving swimming skills to Gladiola Elementary

WYOMING, Mich.—The recent spike in Lake Michigan drownings is drawing attention to water safety programs here in West Michigan.

This summer, Spartan Stores YMCA is hosting the T.E.A.M. 21 program to teach children how to stay safe in the water.  Swim Safe Corporation has underwritten swimming lessons for the 110 participants, who attend Gladiola Elementary.  Children who attend the lessons learn how to tread water and perform the butterfly stroke and sidestroke.

For more information about T.E.A.M. 21, contact the Wyoming Parks and Recreation Department at (616) 530-3164 or visit the T.E.A.M. 21 program website here.

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

A program aimed at helping low income families eat healthier is back for another season.

Double Up Food Bucks runs July 1 through October 31, 2013.  Participating markets will match the amount spent by shoppers using a SNAP Bridge Card.  The maximum match is $20 per day, and shoppers do not need to use their Double Up Food Bucks the same day they get them.

In West Michigan, participating farm markets include:

  • Ada Farmers’ Market (7239 Thornapple Dr.)
  • Byron Farmers’ Market* (84th & Byron Center, Byron Center)
  • Downtown Market Grand Rapids (435 Ionia St. SW)
  • Fulton Street Farmers’ Market* (1147 East Fulton St.)
  • Greenville Farmer’s Market (1325 W. Washington, Veteran’s Park)
  • Healthy Street Farmers’ Market (431 Cass Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Holland Farmers’ Market (150 W.

Kent County Health Department offers free HIV testing June 25-27

Kent County Health Department offers free HIV testing June 25-27

National HIV Testing Day is Thursday, June 27, but the Kent County Health Department is getting a head start on free testing.

Community members are encouraged to visit Sheldon Clinic Tuesday morning for a 20 minute test involving one finger poke.  Personal Health Services employees will also be available to answer any questions.  Tests are available without an appointment, and are confidential.  People who are tested will get a gift card, while supplies last.

The testing is as scheduled:

  • Tuesday, June 25: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sheldon Clinic, 121 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids
  • Wednesday, June 26: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wyoming Clinic, 852 47th Street SW, Wyoming
  • Thursday, June 27: 8 a.m. -6 p.m.

Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

Plenty more communities are planning Rel

Kroc Center offers pass deal to participants in Mayor's Bike Ride

Kroc Center offers pass deal to participants in Mayor's Bike Ride

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is teaming up with the city of Grand Rapids to show just how bicycle friendly our area is.

The Kroc Center will offer a buy one, get one pass deal to bicyclists on Tuesday, May 21, as part of the Mayor’s Bike Ride.  The annual ride starts at 6:30 p.m. at the entrance to Plaster Creek Trails at the Kroc Center, located on 2500 S. Division Ave.

The 5th annual Mayor’s Bike Ride introduces the average bike rider to Grand Rapids’ bike trail system.  Participants can travel 2 miles or 6 miles from the Kroc Center, or choose a 24 mile ride to Millennium Park, led by Alger Bikes.  All paricipants are required to wear a properly fitted helmet.

Metro Health Farm Market returns May 9

Metro Health Farm Market returns May 9

WYOMING, Mich.—The Farm Market will return to the village green outside Metro Health Hospital May 9.

The weekly market will host a variety of vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, plants and other locally grown foods, as well as handmade arts and crafts. The market will also offer free community health screens on many of the days.

People on food assistance can redeem their Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh/Market Fresh coupons at the Farm Market.  Last year, more than $7,000  in food assistance funding was spent at the Metro Health Farm Market.

This is the eight year for the Metro Health Farm Market.  Special events this season include: Kids’ Day on June 20, Christmas in July on July 25 and Health and Wellness Day on August 1, which will feature a local chef cook-off.

The market will be open every Thursday through October 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.