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My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (Ottawa County Health Department)Ottawa County residents, 18 years of age and older, have an opportunity to give input about local health related needs and concerns.

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Lifelong West Michigan resident and essential oils specialist Nancy Ladd will present a program at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, July 10, about medicinal and therapeutic benefits of certified pure essential oils.  

Ladd’s program, titled “How Essential Oils Can Help Your Health,” will demonstrate how to diffuse aromatically, apply topically, or cook with blends and single essential oils.

With more than16 years experience in holistic therapies and consulting practices, Ladd provides a wealth of knowledge in essential oils. She has overcome illness with healing modalities, as well as attended classes, trainings, lectures and workshops for continuing education.

The program is free and will be held in LDL’s Program Room A from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit LDL’s website, www.loutitlibrary.org.

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: Celebrate Independence Day by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Celebrate Independence Day by making a life-saving donation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Americans are encouraged to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day by rolling up their sleeves to make a life-saving donation.

Blood and platelet donations from all types of donors are needed, as the American Red Cross deals with a summer shortage.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

 The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations daily to meet the needs of patients across the country.  From June 30, through July 7, all donors will receive a commemorative Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last.

My Town: State replaces fish advisory with 'Eat Safe Fish' guides

My Town: State replaces fish advisory with 'Eat Safe Fish' guides

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LANSING, Mich. (Mich. Department of Community Health)– The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is pleased to announce the release of the new regional Eat Safe Fish Guides, formerly known as the Michigan Fish Advisory. The Eat Safe Fish Guides provide fish consumption guidelines based on the levels of chemicals in the edible portions (usually the filets) of fish taken from waterbodies around the state of Michigan.

“In an effort to better prepare Michigan residents for eating the fish they catch within our state, we are releasing these new Eat Safe Fish Guides to ensure people have access to the information they need to decide what fish, and how much, their family should eat,” said James K. Haveman, Director of the MDCH. “These new guides are an easy-to-use resource for individuals and families looking for information about healthful fish consumption.”

My Town: Love INC's new clinic space 'a true answer to prayer'

My Town: Love INC's new clinic space 'a true answer to prayer'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—   Love INC will begin accepting patients at its new free health care clinic this Thursday, June 5.

The nonprofit organization says it needed to adopt a new space because the Ottawa County Health Department’s new offices on South Beechtree Street do not have enough space to house both the health department and free clinic.

That’s when the North Ottawa Community Health System stepped in.  Health clinic coordinator Erin VanStelle says the organization was meeting with NOCHS President and CEO Shelleye Yaklin about an unrelated topic in April when the conversation turned to Love INC’s need for a new clinic location.

“It was only a couple weeks later that Shelleye called and told us the hospital was going to donate the space,” added VanStelle.

Love INC Executive Director Katie Appold says the phone call was a true answer to prayer.

My Town Grand Haven: Boot Camp fundraiser 'a great success'

My Town Grand Haven: Boot Camp fundraiser 'a great success'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  Organizers of the Robinson Elementary Health Week and Boot Camp fundraiser now say participants raised more than $6,000 for materials, programs and activities for the school.

We had about 360 kids run the course the day of boot camp, 50 volunteers, 65 kids pledged to "unplug" for the week, over 60 sponsors and we raised over $6000!!!  It was a great success and the kids had a blast!!.

Organized by the school PTA, the May 9 event was the culmination of a week of activities at the school, in partnership with the NFL Play 60 team and North Ottawa Medical Group.