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Kalamazoo receives grant to protect smiles

Kalamazoo receives grant to protect smiles

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— A grant from the Delta Dental Foundation is helping to protect smiles in Kalamazoo.

The foundation donated $100,000 to the Michigan Department of Community Health Oral Health Program to start or maintain community water fluoridation programs for residents, which prevent cavities. The state divvied up the money for nine communities; Kalamazoo is receiving $8,076.

The chief medical executive with the Michigan Department of Community Health says studies have shown oral health is key to overall health. On January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids became the first city in the U.S. to add fluoride to its water system. Now, nearly 90 percent of Michigan communities with a water system have access to fluoridated water.

This is the fourth year for the fluoridation grants. The other recipients include Plainfield Township ($12,522); Battle Creek ($18,775) and Benton Harbor ($2,667).

Free Arthritis Expo May 18

Free Arthritis Expo May 18

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-  More than 40 million Americans deal with arthritis, but advancements to ease their pain are being made.

On May 18,  local physicians and other health care expects will discuss the latest treatments and research at the Arthritis Expo.  The fee event at Centerpoint Church includes educational seminars, hands-on demonstrations and opportunities to talk with local agencies and service providers.

 The Arthritis Expo runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Centerpoint Church, located at 2345 N. 10th Street in Kalamazoo.

Bronson's 'Girls' Night Out' comes with free wine and health tips

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Bronson Methodist Hospital is offering a “Girls’ Night Out” three times this month, allowing women to focus on their health.

The series of events will allow women to hear from experts in gynecology and women’s health in the relaxed and intimate atmosphere of Martell’s Restaurant.  The professionals will also be able to answer questions about the latest treatment options for common gynecological conditions.

Girls’ Night Out will take place May 7, May 15 and May 21 at Martell’s Restaurant, located at 3501 Greenleaf Blvd.   The program will run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with free wine and appetizers served before, at 6 p.m. To register for this free event, visit Bronson’s website or call (269)-341-6550.

Blues Community Challenge pits Kalamazoo against two other cities

Blues Community Challenge pits Kalamazoo against two other cities

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Blues Community Challenge is pitting Kalamazoo against Marquette and Traverse City.

The city is encouraging residents to get out and walk, run, jog, etc.; the city whose residents log the most activity will win the biggest prize.

The eight week challenge began April 27, but you can still register and log activity by visiting www.walkingworks.com.

The Blues Community Challenge is sponsored by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Teams battle cancer with bats

Teams battle cancer with bats

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—  Comstock High School’s  varsity softball team will take on Allegan High School Friday, but the real battle will be off the field.

Both teams are taking part in a special double-header to raise money for local families dealing with cancer. 

The games start at 4 p.m. on May 3 at Softball Field #1 at Allegan High School.

Kalamazoo student a finalist in video contest

Kalamazoo student a finalist in video contest

Daphne Yaman, a fourth grade student from Kalamazoo Country Day School is one of five finalists for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's "Make the Play for Healthy Habits" video contest.

The contest winner's school will receive a special assembly with Detroitt Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford that will focus on healthy eating and excercise.

The winner will be decided by public vote at A Healthier Michigan Facebook Page.  You can cast your vote through April 26th.

The finalists are:

Benefit pairs noodles with fight against kidney disease

Benefit pairs noodles with fight against kidney disease

Now’s your chance to get a meal while helping people with kidney disease.

On Thursday, April 11, Noodles & Company will donate 25% of sales at its Michigan restaurants to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.  To guarantee the donation, guests must mention the foundation or present a flyer when ordering.   The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at all Michigan locations, including restaurants at  5070 28th St. SE in Cascade Township, 2289 East Beltline in Grand Rapids Township, and 5363 W. Main St. in Kalamazoo.

Guests can also donate $1 to be entered into the NKFM raffle.  The grand prize winner will take home a Kindle Fire e-reader; other prizes include free noodles for a year or a dinner for four.  All proceeds from the raffle will go to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

This is the fourth year for the benefit.