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Find out how to navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace September 18

Find out how to navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace September 18

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Starting Oct. 1, 2013, consumers in all states will be able to apply for new affordable health coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage beginning as soon as Jan. 1, 2014.

The public is invited to the Loutit District Library on Wednesday, September 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the options available. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

This informational discussion will be held the library’s program room A. It is presented by Virginia Graham, outreach and enrollment specialist at Hackley Community Care. For more information on affordable health coverage options, visit www.hackleycommunitycare.org.

Have You Had the Talk? Join the conversation at Spring Lake District Library

Have You Had the Talk? Join the conversation at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.-No one wants to lose control over their medical decisions or become a burden on their family.

No one plans to have a medical emergency, or to be the victim of a medication error, or to end up in a nursing home. But it happens. The “Have You Had the Talk?” program provides you with the tips, tricks and tools you need to stay in control of health care decisions.

Seventy-six percent of seniors have completed a legal document that appoints a person to make medical decisions for them if they are unable to speak for themselves, but this document alone will not ensure that the best care will be provided. The key to staying in the driver’s seat of life is to be sure you have the right person next to you in the passenger seat. While these patient advocates are always given the burden of responsibility, they are rarely given the training and tools they need to do their best on the behalf of their loved ones.

'Food and Society... From West Michigan to the World' September 5

'Food and Society... From West Michigan to the World' September 5

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Tri-Cities Historical Museum and Loutit District Library (LDL) will team up on Sept. 5 to host Livestock and Dairy Specialist Ernie Birchmeier as he presents "Food and Society…From West Michigan to the World."

Birchmeier’s presentation is free to the public and runs from 7-8:30 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.

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

Come hungry, leave full: Free food distribution August 23

Come hungry, leave full: Free food distribution August 23

Hundreds of struggling families will fill their cupboards with free food Friday, August 23.

The Ottawa County Community Action Agency will visit four communities to distribute food to low-income residents, including:

  • Community Action House, 345 West 14th Street, Holland (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Love, Inc., of Southeast Ottawa County, 3300 Van Buren, Hudsonville (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 920 Fulton, Grand Haven (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • V.F.W. Post 5598, 511 North 68th Avenue, Coopersville, (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

 The food distribution is made possible through the Emergency Food Assistance Program.  Each family can take home one box containing applesauce, beef stew, carrots, canned chicken, corn, cranberry sauce, dry mixed fruit and nuts, cranberry-apple juice, mixed fruit, orange juice, pears, canned pork, potato flakes, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. 

Any Age, Any Stage: The Truth About Women’s Pelvic Health & Wellness

Any Age, Any Stage: The Truth About Women’s Pelvic Health & Wellness

SPRING LAKE, Mich.-- Mercy Health welcomes Missy Lavender, founder and executive director of the Women’s Health Foundation for “Any Age, Any Stage: The Truth About Women’s Pelvic Health & Wellness.”

Her presentation will take place Thursday, September 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Trillium Banquet & Conference Center in Spring Lake. The event will include light appetizers and desserts, cash bar, door prizes and shopping opportunities.

The program is presented by Mercy Health Bladder Clinic and hosted by Britta Cleveland from WMUS.  To reserve your seat, call (231) 727-7944. 

About Missy Lavender

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.