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My Town: Two communities join Great American Meatout Day

My Town: Two communities join Great American Meatout Day

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The City of Kalamazoo will recognize the Great American Meatout Day this Thursday, March 20.

Mayor Bobby Hopewell recently signed a proclamation encouraging community members to skip the meat and opt for meals filled with vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains. His proclamation discusses the health, environmental and animal welfare benefits.

This is the 30th year for the Meatout campaign, organized by the national nonprofit Farm Animal Rights Movement.  FARM says the lives of 8,000 can be spared if 30,000 people commit to going meatless for one full day.

Holland’s Thai Palace Restaurant also plans to show its support for the event with a vegan “feed-in” Thursday.  The restaurant plans to serve up free samples of vegan food to patrons. Thai Palace is located at 977 Butternut Drive.

My Town Kalamazoo: Students show their love for the American Heart Association

My Town Kalamazoo: Students show their love for the American Heart Association

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Paramount Charter Academy students are showing their love for the American Heart Association throughout the month of February with Friday Red Out days.

So far, the school has raised $1,135 dollars through Red Out events. The students have been purchasing official Red Out T-shirts with all donations going to AHA. They also had the opportunity to donate $1 on Friday, Feb. 14, to skip their uniform and wear dress-down attire.

Paramount will keep supporting the fight against heart disease by holding another dress down day on Wednesday, Feb. 26, for a $2 donation. Students will finish off the month with Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart events during their physical education classes Feb. 26 – March 6.

Paramount Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in young 5s through eighth grade.

 

My Town Kalamazoo: Family Health Center working to enroll all residents

My Town Kalamazoo: Family Health Center working to enroll all residents

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Family Health Center is continuing its push to enroll all Kalamazoo County residents in newly available health coverage.

The organization says 28,000 people in Kalamazoo County lack health insurance;  nearly half of them live in the city of Kalamazoo.

 “There are 12,500 people in the city of Kalamazoo who don’t have health insurance. They’re just one illness or accident away from financial ruin. That’s unacceptable. So we’re doing our part by helping them enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act or the Medicaid expansion known as Healthy Michigan,” said Denise Crawford, CEO of Family Health Center.

FHC has been holding weekly healthcare enrollment events throughout the area since late last year.  The health clinic is also circulating flyers to help inform residents.  Since its campaign began, FHC says it has helped more than 1,000 people access coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

West Michigan firms among 100 Best Companies to Work For

West Michigan firms among 100 Best Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Four Michigan businesses have made it onto FORTUNE’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, and two of them are right here in West Michigan.

Accounting firm Plante Moran came in at No. 23 on this year’s list.  The Grand Rapids-based business says it’s made the cut 16 consecutive years.  Plante Moran is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.  The company employs 978 people.  Some perks of employment include on-site child care on Saturdays during tax season, paid time off to support community outreach projects and a “buddy” system for new employees.

Medical device manufacturer Stryker jumped 19 spots to No. 42.  The Kalamazoo-based business is recognized for providing opportunities for employees to see products in action by observing surgeries. Detroit-based Quicken Loans took the top spot among Michigan companies, coming in at No. 5.  Credit Acceptance, based in Southfield, ranked 52.

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  More than $1 million in state funding will go to health care providers looking to improve service and patient outcomes.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the winners of the Health Innovation Grant this week.  MDCH will fund 42 projects statewide including:

54-year-old postal worker celebrates "first" birthday by honoring heroes

54-year-old postal worker celebrates "first" birthday by honoring heroes

KALAMAZOO, Mich.- When Russell Hyder celebrated his first birthday on Oct. 1, 1959, no doubt he wasn’t aware of who attended the party. But this time around, on Hyder’s new “first” birthday, he recognized everyone at the party for their role in saving his life.

At 8:31 a.m. on Jan. 3, 2013, Hyder, a United States Post Office employee who lives in Kalamazoo, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, the leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40 in the United States. Without immediate CPR and treatment, nine of 10 SCA victims die. Fortunately for Hyder, he lives in Kalamazoo County, which has a 40 percent rate of SCA survival – among the highest rates in the nation thanks to quick response times and well-trained chain-of-life caregivers.

Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—They aren’t all on the big screen.

Michigan Blood is getting ready to reward life-saving superheroes right here in the Grand Rapids community. The organization is teaming up with Celebration Cinema to offer a free movie pass and a bag of popcorn to each to person who attempts to donate blood during the holidays.

Michigan Blood needs to collect more than 2,200 units of blood every week to supply patients and hospitals around the state.  Donations traditionally drop around the holidays as people travel.

Days and times for the “Be a Star” donation deal vary around the state.  To find the location near you, visit the Michigan Blood website here.  In Grand Rapids, the following donation drives will take place in Michigan Blood’s Main Donor Center at 1036 Fuller Ave. NE: