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My Town Grand Haven: Plant-based diet the focus of St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish presentations

My Town Grand Haven: Plant-based diet the focus of St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish presentations

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. As more Americans today learn about overall health and the risks of degenerative disease linked to diet, the medical community is striving to get people to eat more plant-based foods.

Whether a person self-identifies as a flexitarian, vegetarian, semi-vegetarian or pescatarian, more information is now available to help people make wise choices about their eating habits.

To help increase awareness about plant-based cooking and food consumption, the health committee at St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish is planning three educational presentations for the public.  Each event is free and will be held in the parish Family Center at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

New app puts power to help save lives in hands of blood donors

New app puts power to help save lives in hands of blood donors

New app puts power to help save lives in hands of blood donors

New Red Cross Blood Donor App offers features that make it simple, convenient and even more rewarding to give blood

 

Lansing, MI (Sept. 9, 2014) — The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.

 

The Blood Donor App allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores.

 

A baby dies every three days in Michigan

A baby dies every three days in Michigan

 

A baby dies every three days in Michigan 
SIDS is the leading cause of deaths for babies less than one year of age.

Ottawa County –According to the Michigan Department of Human Services, a baby dies every three days in Michigan and these deaths are 100% preventable. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of deaths for babies less than one year of age. Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, proclaimed September as Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Michigan. 

 

“We are raising awareness about how we can keep our babies safe and healthy; 
because losing one baby to unsafe sleep is one baby too many!”
- Dawn Dotson, MIHP Supervisor at Ottawa County Department of Public Health

My Town: Prepare for disaster by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Prepare for disaster by making a life-saving donation

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LANSING, Mich.—The American Red Cross is among a coalition of organizations encouraging Americans to observe National Preparedness Month this September by doing simple things that make a difference when every second counts.

The Red Cross recommends three things most everyone can do to prepare for disasters or other emergencies: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

“The beauty is, those steps can be taken in advance, helping most everyone to be prepared,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.

My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony's to host hospice talks Sept. 4

My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony's to host hospice talks Sept. 4

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.―On Sept. 4, St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish will host a medical talk about hospice care, titled “Are You Traveling Without a Plan.” 

This talk will help attendees learn how to understand and prepare advance directives, with tips from the experts. The program will be held Sept. 4 at 1:15 p.m. in the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Family Center, located at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  The general public is invited to this free and open event.

Speakers include social worker Justine Ter Haar and Colleen Van Putten, RN, clinical liaison and educator with Hospice of North Ottawa Community.  The program will walk participants through the approved State of Michigan form and also provide tips as to how to start a conversation about advance directives with loved ones.

My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program

My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Reservations are now open at the Loutit District Library for a new twelve-week senior fitness program meeting on Mondays, beginning Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Fridays beginning Sept.12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program is presented by Gayle Patterson from AgeWell in Muskegon. A one-time registration admits participants to all 24 sessions.  Participants must register by Sept. 5 at www.loutitlibrary.org or by calling (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

"Fit & Strong!" is an award-winning, multi-component, evidence-based physical activity program for seniors 60 years of age and older. This 12-week program targets older adults with osteoarthritis and has demonstrated significant functional and physical activity improvements in older adults.

Fit & Strong! helps participants:

My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Many families are celebrating summer by taking a trip, but the need for life-saving blood donations does not take a vacation.

The American Red Cross says during the summer season, each of its blood drives falls short of meeting the needs of patients by approximately two donors.  Further complicating the issue is the short shelf life of red blood cells and platelets, which are no longer good after 42 days and five days respectively.

The American Red Cross is accepting much-needed donations during the following drives: