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Two progams to revitalize your life in 2014

Two progams to revitalize your life in 2014

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Take charge of your life in 2014 -  by identifying the stresses and mechanical monotonous activities and moving them out of your mind and life.

Back by popular demand, Mark Walstrom,  a board certified psychotherapist and spiritual director, will offer a repeat of his program "A Way: Out, Through, and Into."  Along with Walstrom's program, Dominican Center at Marywood is adding a second program that may improve your ability to heal emotional pain and enjoy healthier relationships. Details of both programs with presenter details are below.

Kalamazoo Rotary features 'Fostering Hope'

Kalamazoo Rotary features 'Fostering Hope'

Kalamazoo, Mich. - The Rotary Club of Kalamazoo will hold an event to bring awareness to the dangers faced by foster children 'aging out' of the system.

'Fostering Hope' is the name of the program. The Rotary Club will hold its presentation Monday, November 25 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center. The program begins at noon.

In Kalamazoo County, more than 790 children are in Foster Care. There are more than 200 licensed homes in Kalamazoo between Bethany Christian Service, Lutheran Social Services, Starr, Family and Children Services and DHS.

Organizers of the program say young people who 'age out' of foster care are at greater risk of homelessness, unemployment, illness, early parenthood and physical and sexual abuse.

Dentist saves smiles while treating troops during candy buyback

Dentist saves smiles while treating troops during candy buyback

PORTAGE, Mich.—A Portage dentist plans to do something sweet with the candy she buys back from trick-or-treaters.

Dr. Susan M. Dennis is teaming up with Operation Gratitude to donate treats to troops deployed overseas.  All children who donate their candy to the program will be eligible to win an iPod touch from Dr. Dennis.

“We want Michigan kids to have healthy teeth and beautiful smiles,” Dr. Dennis said. “Our team is encouraging children to treat our troops with a portion of their Halloween candy.”

This is the third year for Dr. Dennis’ Halloween Candy Buyback, which will take place November 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at her office at 8150 Moorsbridge Rd., Suite A.  Dr.

Former EGR teacher to help allocate $1.56 billion in state funding

Former EGR teacher to help allocate $1.56 billion in state funding

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  A former East Grand Rapids school teacher is now helping the state improve its health and wellness programs.

Earlier this month, Governor Snyder appointed Susan Jandernoa to the newly created Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board.    The nine-person board is in charge of allocating funding the state collects from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  BCBSM is expected to contribute up to $1.56 billion over 18 years to the Health Endowment Fund.  The funding is meant to improve the health and wellness of state residents, as well as provide a program to help cover the costs of Medicare for senior citizens in need.

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

WMU: More people working out at work

WMU: More people working out at work

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Western Michigan University & WZZM)-- More Americans are standing, walking and even cycling through their workdays thanks to new office equipment that lets them stay active.

The new workstations include standing desks with treadmills, physio balls instead of chairs and cycling equipment that fits under the desk, says Dr. Timothy Michael, a WMU professor of human performance and health education.

"There are lots of suggestions of ways we can increase our physical activity," Michael says. "A lot of jobs, where you're sitting at a desk all day in front of your computer, we know that that encourages bad behaviors in general. We also know that sitting all day long is starting to become a risk factor for heart disease. It's really getting close to where cigarette smoking is.

'Meals at Home' awarded Group Volunteer of the Year Award

'Meals at Home' awarded Group Volunteer of the Year Award

A West Michigan group providing food for the elderly and people with disabilities is being honored.

LeadingAge Michigan recently awarded its Group Volunteer of the Year Award to “Meals at Home.”  Sunset Retirement Communities & Services started Meals at Home in 1997.  Each year, a team of 150 volunteers use their own vehicles and gas to deliver more than 23,000 meals throughout Grand Rapids.  Because of volunteers, Meals at Home has kept costs down to just $5 per meal.

During its 2013 gala, LeadingAge Michigan also honored Porter Hills Retirement Communities from My Town Ada/Cascade with its Care & Services Award.  The non-profit organization serves more than 800 adults from all income levels.