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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: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

My Town: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Several West Michigan hospitals are getting funding to help ensure newborns have a better chance at surviving and thriving at home.

The Michigan Department of Community Health is awarding $10,000 to each birthing hospital to help employees identify and connect families in need to home visiting programs, including the Maternal Infant Health Program and the Children’s Special Health Care Services program.

“Michigan’s birthing hospitals have the unique opportunity help link newborns and their families to important support services as they transition home,” said Nick Lyon, director of the MDCH. “Connecting Michigan families to these resources is crucial to reducing infant deaths, improving the health of babies at birth, during their first year of life, and throughout early childhood.”

My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—With this flu season on track to be one of the worst in years, the American Red Cross is worried blood donations will take a hit.

Traditionally, the winter months are already a difficult time for donation drives, with holiday traveling, school breaks and inclement weather.  The American Red Cross is hoping more West Michiganders will make a resolution to roll up their sleeve and give life-saving blood.  All blood types are needed. 

 

Allegan

  • Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. – American Legion

 

Allendale

  • Jan. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Grand Valley State University Kirkhof Center

 

Coopersville

  • Jan. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Coopersville United Methodist Church

 

Fennville

My Town: i’move shares tips to prevent winter injuries

My Town: i’move shares tips to prevent winter injuries

SPRING LAKE, Mich. When people think of winter injuries, they think of high level sports like skiing and snowboarding. However, the reality is that everyday activities pose a similar threat for strains, sprains and falls in the winter, according to physical therapist Ryan Tanis.

“Shoveling contributes to many of the injuries we treat this time of year,” said Tanis, Clinic Director at i’move’s Holland location. “It’s a movement that the body has not performed since last winter. Without adequate flexibility and strength, this seasonal activity can result in injury.”

More than 310,000 people were treated for winter sports related injuries in 2012, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. i’move, formerly known as Shoreline Sport & Spine, encourages novices and experts alike to prepare their bodies before engaging in winter sports and daily activities.

My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish urges public to give blood Dec. 29

My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish urges public to give blood Dec. 29

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- For those in need of life-saving blood, a simple donation can go a long way.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish is encouraging the general public to set up an appointment and donate blood on Monday, Dec. 29, from 12 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the church’s Family Center, 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.

“The Red Cross blood drive is a great way for people to pay it forward this holiday season, with a simple gift from the heart that will last a lifetime,” said Nancy Megley, RN, parish nurse with St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish.

My Town: Shoreline Sport & Spine announces new name and service expansion

My Town: Shoreline Sport & Spine announces new name and service expansion

 

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (Dec. 10, 2014) Shoreline Sport & Spine announced a new name and an expansion of services today with a sign unveiling ceremony at its Spring Lake location.

The company will now operate under the new name i’move. Jason Epplett of Spring Lake and Melissa Hue of Zeeland were awarded free fitness memberships as the winners of a contest to guess the new name.

Owners Dave Van Andel and Marty Sytsema said the name change represents a new opportunity to communicate the full scope of services Shoreline Sport & Spine now provides.

“To better serve the needs of our clientele, we have expanded our programs beyond physical therapy. Going forward, we will serve West Michigan in three distinct areas: physical therapy, athletic performance and wellness solutions.”